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Born: Feb 20, 1945

Date of Passing: Dec 05, 2021

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It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of David Brown, of Sanford, Manitoba, on December 5, 2021.
Born February 20, 1945, David grew up in Thunder Bay, Ontario (at the time, the town of Port Arthur). He moved to Winnipeg in 1983 where he worked as a Winnipeg Transit bus driver until his retirement. Even after retirement, David loved being on the road where he could meet new people, so he worked a few years longer with Beaver Bus. He enjoyed his final years out in Sanford, where he often walked his dog, Freddie, and got to know all the neighbours, and enjoyed many a trip to Costco, where he knew all the staff. David had a gift for talking to anyone and could make friends of strangers through a single conversation. He also loved jazz and blues music, especially on quality stereos, which he enjoyed collecting over the years.
David is survived by his wife of 22 years, Darlene; his stepdaughters, Kristin (Jason) and Kelsey (Andrew); his stepgrandson, Charlie; his sisters, Janice and Carol (Jim); his nephews, Darrell (Nicole) and Graeme (Craig); and grandnieces, Georgia and Sedona. He had a special place in his heart for his past dogs, Deoe, Lexi, Penny, and Gabby. He is predeceased by his father Lloyd and mother Esther. He will be missed by the many neighbours of Sanford and close friends who were his second family.
A memorial lunch will be held for friends, family, and neighbours of Sanford in the spring, to be announced.
In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Winnipeg Pet Rescue.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Dec 24, 2021

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • It is with great shock that I learned of Dave’s passing. Dave and I became friends in late 1974 when we met and volunteered in the formation of Castlegreen Cooperative in Thunder Bay. Dave at one point became our neighbour and eventually part of our family household.when we moved from Thunder Bay to Winnipeg sometime in the 80’s , Dave joined us shortly after. David was more than a friend, he was part of our family. His kindness and his caring for my wife Joyce will never be forgotten. After six months in the hospital, it was David who assisted her in learning to walk again, by taking her each day to the mall to walk. Our family will miss you dear friend. Rest In Peace. - Posted by: John Oudenaar (Long-time friend) on: Jan 13, 2022

  • David! We are going to miss your wonderful rambling anecdotes, humour, puns and lovely long lunch visits ... as well as rides in your old convertible! We will cherish memories of you always, mon ami!💞 John and Aline - Posted by: John Boxall and Aline Boxall Brétécher (Friend) on: Jan 11, 2022

  • To my bro, my protector and hero. You were there for me my entire life, even times I didn't want you there. You were always trying to steer me in the right direction, didn't always work, but you never gave up. I have never heard anyone say a bad word about you, except maybe me, when we fought as kids. The word I have heard the most describing you is "kind". That you were! A few words I can add are, helpful, loving, thoughtful, compassionate... Our visits between Thunder Bay and Winnipeg sometimes were never long enough and we were looking forward to my eventual move westward. You finally joined the modern era and learned how to text. Some of our best conversations were through text, sometimes just to catch up and some just to be goofy. I take comfort knowing you are there with Mom and Dad and many friends and pets you have lost over the years. Until we meet again David, all my love, Jan - Posted by: Janice Brown (Sister) on: Dec 24, 2021

  • Among my earliest memories of Dave were the rides he would give me to school on the handlebars of his bicycle. As we became a little older and Dave returned to high school he gave me rides to school in his beautiful red and white 1956 Ford. I credit Dave with taking me under his wing and introducing me pto a group of guys who are still friends nearly 60 years later. I think what I am trying to point out is Dave’s great generosity and concern for others. - Posted by: Terry Ferguson (Friend since 1953) on: Dec 24, 2021

  • David was always like a big brother living next door to me. Our large family loved the Browns next door making our family even larger. I will miss seeing him driving up in his old convertible and seeing his big beautiful smile. He will forever be in my heart and my memories. Love and will miss him dearly. Rest In Peace David - Posted by: Betty Savas (Old friend and like a younger sister) on: Dec 24, 2021

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