Mentor and Dear Friend
Born: November 1, 1942
RAYMOND DAVID JAMES BROWN It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of Raymond David James Brown with family at his side as he took his final flight after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was 70 years old. Leaving to mourn his passing are his wife Darlene of over 48 years; daughter Jackie (Dave); son Stuart (Jane); his sisters Elaine (Allen) and family, Marilyn (Al) and family; and brother Keith; brother-in-law Jim (Avis) and family; his grandchildren Derek, Nicole, Delaney, Ryan and Lauren whom he was so very proud of; and many other family and friends. He was predeceased by his parents and a niece. Raymond was born on November 1, 1942, in Unity, Saskatchewan. He joined the military in the spring of 1962 while attending the University of Saskatoon. Ray and Darlene married in September, 1964, and began their tour of military postings that included Moose Jaw, Portage la Prairie, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Toronto, Winnipeg, Trenton, Regina, Edmonton then back to Winnipeg. Lieutenant Colonel Brown flew many aircraft but the highlight of his career was his over 5000 hours on the Hercules and his time as Commander of 435 Squadron in Edmonton and leading Op Nile a famine relief mission in Ethiopia. After 31 years of loyal service to his country he retired from the Air Force and started a new career at Transport Canada where he continued to fly until 2005. He was an avid golfer and curler. He enjoyed travelling with Darlene and spending summers at the cabin fishing, boating, entertaining and just enjoying life. He loved to putter around in his shop doing woodworking but his favorite pastime was watching his grandchildren in their sporting events and other activities. In lieu of flowers, donations in Ray's memory may be made to a cancer charity or other charity of your choice. A service will be held at Thomson "In the Park" Funeral Home, 1291 McGillivray Boulevard, on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. THOMSON "IN THE PARK" 925-1120 Condolences may be sent to http://www.thomsoninthepark.com
As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on March 16, 2013
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This is a loss of a great guy who always had a caring outlook whatever your choice of aviation was.
He was a real gentleman who had a clear understanding of the difference between being a manager and a leader.
RIP Colonel. You made a huge difference by being among us.