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DOUGLAS EDWIN BROWN

Date of Passing: Jan 12, 2017

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DOUGLAS EDWIN BROWN It is with great sadness that the Brown family announce the passing of L-COL Douglas (Doug) Edwin Brown on January 12, 2017 at Deer Lodge Centre. Doug will be dearly missed by his sons, Fred Brown (Paula Olko) and Morry Brown (Jean); his daughters, Gail Brown (Calum Morrison) and Sandra Brown (David Caughlin); his grandchildren, Riley Brown, Carrie Brown (Curtis Clapp), Jeffrey Rempel (Nicole Grabowsky) and Jennifer Rempel (Philip Galbraith); and his great-granddaughers, Avery and Kaitlyn Clapp; his sister-in-law Mary Morrison Freedman and family, and relatives in England. Doug was predeceased by his loving wife Kathleen Elizabeth Brown, M.V.O., in 2014; and his parents Cyril Edwin Brown and Kathleen Violet Mary Brown and his brother Gordon Frederick Cyril Brown. After graduating from Gordon Bell High school, where he played on the football team, Doug worked as a clerk for CN Rail until he joined the RCMP in 1942 for a one-year term as a Sub-Constable, serving in Saskatchewan. Doug joined the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion in February 1943 as well as the Royal Canadian Legion. Doug trained at CFB Portage la Prairie and Shilo. He was promoted to Sargeant prior to sailing to England in July 1943. Extensive training ensued at RAF Ringway until the early hours of June 6, 1944 when the paratroopers boarded their planes. As his plane crossed the French coast, Doug was 17th of the stick of 18 waiting at the jump door. Their plane was shot down by enemy fire. The paratroopers landed far from their drop zone. They managed to evade capture until a German patrol unit intercepted them in the early morning of June 9 near the French Village of Saint Vaast en Auge. Doug was transported to POW Camp Stalag IV B in Muhlberg, Germany where, despite three attempted escapes, he remained a prisoner of war until May 1945. Upon his return to Canada Doug played in the quarterback slot with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers during the summer of 1945. Doug joined the Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders in March 1947 and met Kathleen Morrison in January of 1949 at an Officers event. Douglas and Kathleen were married on September 3, 1949. In 1960 Doug was appointed as the Queen's Own Cameron Highlander Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-Governors Eric Willis, followed by Richard Bowles. He was appointed as Senior Aide-de-Camp to Lieutenant-Governors Jack McKeag, Bud Jobin and Pearl McGonigal, spanning over 20 years of service. On November 10, 2014, by order of the President of the Republic of France, Doug was awarded the rank of Knight of the French National Order of the Legion of Honour to express France's profound gratitude in recognition of his professional involvement in the liberation of their county. Doug loved to spend time with family and friends at the family residence at Pine Portage Bay, Lake of the Woods, Kenora Ontario since 1964. Doug was an avid card player, enjoying both Duplicate and Contract Bridge as well as Hearts, Mexican Poker, Hula and Cribbage. The Brown family extends thanks to the staff of Deer Lodge Centre for the exceptional care provided to Dad. A Celebration of Doug's life will be held on Saturday February 25 at 2:00 p.m. at the Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Deer Lodge Centre Foundation or a charity of your choice. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Feb 4, 2017

DOUGLAS (DOUG) EDWIN BROWN Peacefully, on Thursday, January 12, 2017, Doug passed away at Deer Lodge Centre, at the age of 94 years. Longer obituary to follow. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com


Publish Date: Jan 14, 2017

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 04, 2017

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