In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar
BROWN, Kenneth Freeman - It is with profound sadness and heavy hearts the Brown family announces the peaceful passing of Kenneth (Ken) Freeman Brown, our decorated Korean War Veteran, who fought his last battle at the Veteran’s Health Centre in Moncton, NB on March 2, 2023 at the age of 92.
Ken is survived by his loving wife Bernice (Lecointe) Brown, his four sons, Michael (Ruth) of Kitchener, ON, Stephen (Lynne) of Ottawa, ON, Wayne (Liette) of Riverview, NB and Gary (Lana) of Moncton, NB and his step-son Edward “Buddy” (Sherry) Lecointe of Cumberland Bay, NB. Predeceased by his parents, Alton, and Edith (Bigsby) Brown, his beloved first wife Constance (Gail) Brown, his treasured daughter, Cheryl (Missy) Brown and his brother Fred (Sonny) Brown. Survived by his siblings Dalton Brown, Gary Brown, and Dawn (Brown) Stevens. Most remarkably Ken also leaves his amazing legacy with his forever cherished 24 grand-children and great-grandchildren.
Ken lived his life to the fullest and left his mark as the patriarch of our family and on all who were blessed to have known him throughout his life. He was born in Belmont, NS and retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1964. While in the Navy, he had proudly served as a “gunner” on Canada’s “most fightingest ship,” the legendary HMCS HAIDA, a Tribal class destroyer that served in the Korean Conflict and other wars. In 1965, he relocated his family to Riverview, NB where he began his new career in toy and office supply sales for T.S. Pattillo of Truro, NS where he remained until he retired. During this time, Ken became an avid member of the Fundy Radio Club (XM67-590) and participated on every occasion/jamboree with the entire family in trek. Ken was quite the character during jamboree events and was well known as the legendary “Double T” - Toy Traveller on the CB radio. During this time, he met several lifelong friends and gave “the brood” the opportunity to travel around the Maritimes visiting numerous trailer/camp sites while building lifelong family memories.
Ken had a great love for sports and in particular his prized Maple Leafs and Blue Jays. Daily he was always looking for the best of deals at the local stores and loved by all whom he visited. Most importantly “our patriarch” was known for his kindness, stories, and infectious smile no matter the circumstances. This will always remain with all whom he so tenderly touched over time and as we have all gained a graceful angel to look over us forever.
The family would like to wholeheartedly thank all family members who were there daily to see Ken through his final days. Additionally, we would like to thank the staff at Bayshore Home Health, (in particular “Babs”) along with the staff at the Veteran’s Health Centre, for their loving care over the last few months. Donations to the National Poppy Trust Fund online, or by mail to The Royal Canadian Legion National Headquarters are appreciated.
Interment will take place on June 2nd, 2023 at 1:30pm in the Fair Haven Cemetery which will be immediately followed by a Celebration of Ken’s life in the Garden View Reception Room. Arrangements are under the care and direction of Fair Haven Funeral Home, Moncton, NB E1E 3V9 (506)852-3530. (The Ottawa Citizen 07 Mar 2023)
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