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Born: Sep 25, 1909

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2002

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MORLEY LESLIE BROWN 1909 - 2002 Morley Leslie Brown, of the Treesbank District, departed this life on September 23, 2002, in his 94th year. Morley was born on September 25, 1909, the fourth son of Robert and Cora Brown (Clark) who were both children of Ontario pioneers from Middlesex and Essex County respectively. His grandfather David Browns homestead (10-18-17W) in the RM of Oakland was his birthplace. He grew up one of five brothers in a loving family. After attending school in Treesbank and high school in Stockton, Morley helped his Dad farm until he married Alice Hetherington of Souris on October 3, 1938. They farmed the SE quarter of 19-8-16 until the outbreak of war at which time Morley volunteered for service and entered the RCAF where he was affectionately known by his colleagues as "Brownie." After his discharge as an NCO in 1945 he lived in Winnipeg where he was a successful businessman for 30 years. In the late sixties, Morley, through his father-in-law, developed an interest in mining and went on to prospect, own, and manage mining properties in northern Manitoba and Saskatchewan, an activity which brought him many new friends and appealed to his sense of adventure. In 1975 Morley retired and returned to the Treesbank district where he built and developed a beautiful retirement property on the land that he loved and called home. Morley retained the skills of a pioneer farmer and was able to accomplish remarkable feats with simple tools and the strength and resourcefullness that was his heritage. He took a keen interest in the history of the treesbank district and guided some of the first of the early historians into the then virtually unknown sites of the fur trading posts in the area. Morley was an avid sportsman enjoying the comraderie of the hunt which he actively participated in to his late 80s. Like many sportsmen his love of nature was general and some of his most cherished memories were from his visits to the family island at Gunn Lake, Minaki, ON. While we are thankful for Morleys long and rich life, he will be deeply missed. Morley was predeceased by his mother and father; his brothers, Norris and Oscar and his son David. He is survived by his dear brothers, Raymer and Ivan; his beloved wife Alice; his children, Robert (Bob) and Linda (Wessels) his grandchildren, Leslie, Evan, Alexander, (David), Jamie, Susie, Kristin, (Robert), Lindsay, (Linda) and his great-grandchildren, Cory, Rudy, (Evan) Brittnay (Alexander) Findlay, Liam, Owen (Jamie) Ketri, Max, Soleil, Louis (Susie) James, Jordie, (Kristin) his daughter-in-law Jennifer McKenna; his son-in-law Tony Wessels and the large extended family. The Funeral service will be held at the Community Church in Treesbank, MB, on Monday, September 30 at 2:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations in Morleys name may be sent to Cancercare Manitoba Foundation, 675 McDermot Ave., Room 1160, Winnipeg, MB, R3E 0V9.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2002

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