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Born: Jun 11, 1949

Date of Passing: Sep 07, 2023

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June 11, 1949 - September 7, 2023

In the days and weeks leading up to his passing, Denis Brown was surrounded by love. Family and friends gathered daily in the gardens at Riverview to relive stories of fellowship, laughter, and connections while his grandchildren played on. We could see his watchful eye over them, and he delighted in their playfulness and joy. This was a special time that anchored in everyone just how special Denis was and what he had meant to others and to all of us, his family.

He will be missed deeply by his wife April; his children (with his first wife Wendy), Kristen (Rob); Jon (Grace) and Caitlin (Laurie); his beloved grandchildren, Asher, Makenna, Leif, Siggi and Magnus; his brothers, Michael (Shamim) and Alan (Candy) along with his nieces and nephews.

Denis was a lover of babies, of the sea and the skies, of travel and new experiences, of books and sports and of all animals. He loved his career and family of air traffic controllers while also being a devoted volunteer for the Special Olympics in Winnipeg. His crisis counseling work at Klinic was the embodiment of kindness and compassion to those who needed it the most.

Denis was most at home in nature and his touchstone was Willard Lake. He had a genuine love for all living creatures and as such, our family have been instructed in the art freeing spiders, wasps and anything living, with great care.

Denis was the master loon whistler, and we will forever know his presence when we hear their song.

His wish was for this note to be brief, and our words fail to capture who Denis is for all of us - for each of us. Yet there was a man who had only a brief interaction with him years ago and easily offered: “…he is marinated in joy…”

Our sincere gratitude to Riverview Health Centre for their gifted staff who cared for Denis with compassion and kindness. Our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Kotb and CancerCare Manitoba and UCSF team for their tireless dedication.

Friends and family are invited to visit Denis’ tribute page at A photo-biography as well as memories and stories published by those who knew him are available there.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to a charity of your choice.


Simple Cremation & Life Celebrations

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 16, 2023

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • Our deepest sympathies to the Brown family in the passing of Dennis. Dennis and I first met in our involvement with Manitoba Special Olympics throughout the 90's. Dennis was a great leader and friend of all the Special Olympians. I enjoyed my time spent with Dennis and his leadership and guidance with Special Olympics. Rest in peace my friend. - Posted by: Roger Bouvier (Friend ) on: Sep 18, 2023

  • We are so sorry Dennis has left us Although we haven’t seen him for a while he certainly will be remembered as a true friend who was always good company and had a definite sense of adventure Rest in peace Dennis - Posted by: Rosemary and Philip (Friend ) on: Sep 16, 2023

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