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It is with profound sadness that we announce the death of Edward (Ned) Demaray Brown after a lengthy and courageous battle with heart disease at the age of 78. It brings us great comfort to know that Ned passed peacefully.
Ned was an award-winning lawyer and an expert in real estate law. In addition, he was a well-known specialist in the life and times of Sir Winston Churchill as well as being a loyal friend to the countless number of people he met along the way. Ned was a proud, active member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity and lived in the fraternity house for a period of time. He was a master problem solver articulating his reasoning skills with knowledge, perseverance and determination. He loved the law and was honoured for his long-standing commitment to the profession (53 years) by the Canadian Bar Association.
Ned was married to Pam Brown for 40 years. They married in 1971. Ned will be greatly missed and lovingly remembered by son Myles and daughter Kelly DeClercq (Brad); sister Nancy Bell (Rob); and the blending of three additional siblings, sister Lynne Ransby (Gerry Hodson) and brothers, Ted Ransby and Ken Ransby (Sally Flintoff) - with the marriage of their beloved parents, Edward and Margaret. All five children have enjoyed a deep, close, loving relationship with each other and have remained in constant communication over the years.
Some of the Ned's fondest memories were at the family cottage at Hillside Beach on Lake Winnipeg. Friends and relatives would get together for parties and storytelling where Ned would be known for his self-professed twisted sense of humour. Ned was known to create great laughter and respect for his presentations of Churchill speeches and his in-depth knowledge of the history of western civilization generally and the world wars specifically.
"Kelly and Myles had a special relationship with their dad. So many fond memories and inside jokes will live on." He has shaped so much of who they have become today.
Ned remarried in 2018 to Judie (Davies) and together they shared many happy adventures and memories of hot dog parties, train rides and farm trips with grandchildren, Charlie and Luke and parents, Shane and Kati Devlin.
Ned was born in Winnipeg in 1942 and later moved to Regina, where he developed his intense love for the Saskatchewan Roughriders - who have now lost one of their biggest and most vocal fans. He then moved to Calgary and finally back to Winnipeg to finish high school at Vincent Massey Collegiate where he delivered the first valedictory at the graduation ceremony. Ned was active in sports playing football for the Fort Garry Lions and basketball for the Vincent Massey Trojans. Both teams he played for are honoured in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame.
Ned commenced practicing with the then Winnipeg law firm of Asper Freedman and had remained with the firm and its successor firms - currently Pitblado LLP - ever since. Ned's practice was primarily in the areas of subdivisions and commercial real estate development, leasing and financing and secured debt financially generally.
Ned's profile as a legal writer and instructor was extensive. He taught the Solicitors Transactions course at the Faculty of Law for 18 years. Since 1989 he has been a presenter for the Law Society of Manitoba and the Manitoba Bar Association on a variety of topics. He has written several admissions to the Manitoba Law Reform Commission, served 20 years as co-chairperson of the MBA Real Property Section. He was awarded the Headnotes & Footnotes Award for his outstanding contribution to the MBA newsletter on several occasions. Ned was recently named to The Best Lawyers in Canada List for 2021 and "Lawyer of The Year" in Winnipeg in Real Estate Law (2021 Edition).
Thank you to Ned's amazing friends held dear to his heart throughout the years and who remained in close contact throughout his illness. Thank you to Kathy, Ned's longtime, excellent legal assistant, friend and advisor from Pitblado. To Mark Boroditsky, we thank you for your professional medical skill and knowledge in treating Ned's various health concerns. Special thank you to Dr. Tam and Rose from the Heart Failure Clinic at St. Boniface Hospital for your constant willingness for contact to support Ned and help keep him comfortable during his illness. To Palliative Care Manitoba, we thank the dedicated team who provided outstanding support with equipment, medication and great ideas to problem solve the many issues that surfaced. Thank you all so very much!
To Ned, we love you and miss you and will forever remember your intellectual humility and honesty and gratefully acknowledge your moral and ethical dedication to the law and all the ones you loved.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Ned's name to St. Boniface Hospital Research Foundation.
A family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date.

"That's it; that's all for that tape."

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 19, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I met Ned 15 years ago. He welcomed me immediately to the family and it was delightful to get to know him. We saw each other infrequently as we lived in different cities but on every occasion, whether a family gathering or a Phi Delt Reunion was a joy to get to know him a bit better. He was gentle and quiet but very determined. It was lovely when Judie came into his life...she inspired him and was always lovingly at his side. Sally Flintoft Ransby - Posted by: Sally Flintoft Ransby (Sister-in-law) on: Sep 23, 2020

  • Ned's maternal grandmother, Ethel Demarais and my own grandmother Gertrude Cameron were sisters. We did not keep in touch over the years but I send my condolences to his family. - Posted by: Pamela Cameron (relative) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • I did not know Ned well, but well enough to know this was a first rate, decent and genuine guy. Those qualities were present in every interaction I had with him. He was I think without a devious bone in his body. He was as they say a straight shooter. Most of all, he was at the top in his field. How well I recall attending sessions of the real estate sub-committee where we discussed some significant and some not so significant issues relating to the field. The committee of 6 or 7 would always defer to the opinion of Ned. He was always careful not to state his case forcefully , so aware was he of the competing arguments. Ed was diplomatic. And if you needed help with a second look at a particular problem, he was right there for you. I knew Ned since he was a teenager when his dad and my dad put us together, a natural thing to do given our age proximity and legal careers and his father’s long association with my dad as his banker. Ned will be missed in many circles for sure but I will say loud and clear that there is a void in the real estate bar which cannot be filled. - Posted by: Gerry Posner (Colleague) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • I wish to offer my condolences to Ned's family during this difficult time, as a former secretary of his in the '70's. He was a great person to work with and I am sad to hear of his passing. He very much deserved the praise and distinction he received as best lawyer of the year and other associations he was involved in. - Posted by: Louise Elke (former secretary and friend) on: Sep 20, 2020

  • Heartfelt condolences to Ned's wife, and to the rest of his family. I have kept aside for Ned, with candle lit and head bowed, the sections of the Manitoba legislation he had last asked me for that I had not yet sent to him, and I thank him for including me in his engrossing interest in the law of property. Ned: I take off my hat, I bow my head, hand on heart, I shed tears for you. - Christina - Posted by: Christina Lopez (Pitblado Law Librarian - great admirer of Ned) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Ned Brown My fond memories of Ned stretch back some 46 years, when he walked across Rashee Lane, plunked down a bottle of Henkel, and said “We’re your new neighbours!” We told each other wild stories and laughed well into the night. This was to be the first of many, many such occurrences. There was of course the recitations of all Churchill’s famous war time speeches, (with a head of broccoli ), to the military correct posture and singing of the Russian national anthem, or was it The Internationale on the bow of HMR “Raft”. I can attest that no one could beat Ned in a game of Trivia. His ability to conjure up any and all minutia was simply breath taking. The only way to slow him down was with even more Henkel. The Brown family cottage was on the sand beach of Lake Winnipeg. However, the only time in forty years I actually saw Ned go into The lake was the time his favourite orange sweater was run up the mast of Skunk. She was quickly gathering wind heading to Victoria Beach. He charged in after it managing to out-run and out-swim the treacherous surf to bring it safely down, and back to his kitchen table office, where he dictated yet another debenture. He knew his CFL football; a walking encyclopaedia. He knew each player, where they were from, who they played for, etc. While sitting on the beach in the early fall listening to the Roughrider/ Bomber game on his transistor radio, Ned would expound at length on the statistics of each player, their kids and dogs. But to my knowledge he never attended a game in those early days except one. The 1984 Grey Cup in Edmonton, where to the surprise to everyone he lost a full bottle of Ne Plus Ultra. “It’s still under the bed.” All in fun, Ned, of course, was thoroughly convinced that he had a rare blood disorder that caused him to shun bright daylight and to howl at the full moon! It was normal of our friend Ned and we let him be. I could go on and on about remembering our dear friend Ned, I know I will miss him. You that have known him, know what a genuine person he really was. So bright, so alive, so prepared to have a good time and have a laugh. And so he did. Murray Wilson, friend - Posted by: Murray Wilson (Friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • Penny and I were greatly saddened to hear Ned had died. While not a surprise it was nevertheless a shock. Ned had fought back so many times from heart issues that would have done most anyone else in, to write/edit another document, read another Churchill or World War book, or enjoy time with Judie (truly a blessing in his life) that even when admitted to palliative care it was near impossible to believe he'd not again defy the odds. His love of the law, history, his family, was infectious. Ned was intensely committed to all and a fascinating raconteur of little known facts on a broad range of interests with, of course, law, history and family at the fore. The Bowles family has long been linked with the Ransby/Brown family through friendships going back to our parent's days, with Ned's brothers Ted and Ken, which gained us entry to wonderful Ransby/Brown gatherings and events --- a highlight of which was always the chance to visit with Ned. We send condolences to all of Ned's family. He was a straight up guy and will be missed. - Posted by: Sheldon M Bowles (Friend ) on: Sep 19, 2020

  • A wonderful, warm and unique human being whom we will miss greatly. So much laughter and terrific memories centering around Hillside Beach. Will miss the extensive and informed discussions on the Canadian Football League and its' history. Rest in peace dear Ned and condolences Judie, Pam, Miles, Kelly and extended family. - Posted by: Sandy and Gail Slator (Cousin and dear friend) on: Sep 19, 2020

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