Jack Alexander Brown

 

It is with great sadness we announce the sudden passing of Jack Alexander Brown on May 7, 2019 at the age of 75.

Jack was born in Kenora on March 1, 1944 to Dale and Germaine Brown.

Jack is predeceased by his parents Dale and Germaine, in laws Joffre and Iva (Billy) Villeneuve, brothers-in-law Tony Maurer, Leno Loranger, Harold Jeffrey and Gary Fish, as well as nephew Robert Hendrickson.

In 1985, Jack lost his son, Clint, whom he missed terribly.

Jack is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Linda whom he affectionately referred to as ‘Ninna’. His son Todd and daughter-in-law, Alana. Grandchildren, Jaymie and husband Jason Derouin, Tyler, Lucas and Nathan, great grandsons, Keaton and Sutton. Also Don, Shirley and family, Randy and family, Darlene and family, Joan and family, Lynn and family, Aunt Ruby Francis and family, as well as numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jack and Linda spent 53 years on the Winnipeg River down the Villeneuve Road. They owned Jack’s Docking for a number of years and met many great people through the business. As soon as the snow was gone and things warmed up they were down the river at camp. Camp was also known as ‘the farm’, which was the old Villeneuve homestead. Jack and Linda worked hard to make the farm a home away from home and shared the area with good friends, Anne Marie and John Contini. Jack successfully cleared enough trees and stumps in front of the cabins, that it was big enough to hold a football game. We all enjoyed so many great summers down there, until it became too much work.

In his younger years, Jack worked at the Kenora mill for 30 years, hauled wood, and spent 2 years out west in Prince George on the power line, before moving back and calling Kenora home once again.

Jack was a no-nonsense kind of a guy who liked to tease and would help anyone he could in a pinch. He built a houseboat with the help of his sons and would take it down to ‘the farm’ while he and Linda worked on the camp. There were many trips down the river loading up materials on the barge including two buildings using the tug boat.

Many holiday dinners were had with family and he was always so happy to see the kids. We had our last dinner together this Easter and enjoyed a beautiful day.

As Jacks’s health and mobility declined, he was supported by his good friends Merv King, Don Cook, Jerry Fitzgerald and Fred Penner. He appreciated you more than you will ever know.

The family would like to acknowledge the O.P.P., EMT’s and the doctors and nurses in the Emergency Department for responding as quickly as you did; you went above and beyond. Thank you.

Thanks also to Ken Alcock of Alcock Funeral Home, for your compassion and care.

As per Jack’s wishes, there will be no service. Cremation has taken place and interment will be held at a later date with family and friends.

In lieu of flowers and cards, in Jack’s honour, please give to the Kenora Cat Shelter, the Lake of the Woods Hospital Foundation or the charity of your choice.

 

‘Grief never ends...but it changes. It’s a passage, not a place to stay. Grief is not a sign of weakness, nor a lack of faith...it is the price of love.’ ~ Author Unknown