June 3, 2021
It is with great sadness that the family and friends of Charles (Charlie) Alexander Brown announce his passing. Charlie passed on June 3, 2021. His first wife Diane Brown predeceased him in 2013, his second wife Bertha Daloise in 2019 and his sister Geraldine Barr (nee Brown) 2020.
Survived by his two children, Dana Brown (Marjorie) of Calgary, Alta. and Deborah Watson (Chris) of Halifax, N.S., grandchildren Stefan (Maya), Tyler, Courtenay (Charlie), Victoria and his brother Allan Brown (Sharon) of Nanaimo.
Charlie dedicated 36 years as a Volunteer First Responder for the Kamloops and area Fire Department. During his career, he worked until retirement with Tolko Lumber Mill (Balco, Canfor) in Kamloops, B.C.
Charlie enjoyed building and racing stock cars in his younger years. He was often sent to pick up parts that were urgently needed at the mill and perhaps used these skills on some of these trips – luckily the mill paid the speeding tickets.
Charlie was always generous with his time and knowledge, be it branding calves or heaving bales at the Urchit’s Ranch near Little Heffley Lake. He was often seen hopping in his truck with his tools to get you fixed up, whether he knew you or not.
Charlie’s passion was playing slow pitch ball. Charlie will always be remembered by his fellow ball players as a great pitcher while playing for the Fireball’s in Heffley Creek and the Vernon Kioti’s. The ball stories always surrounded the love of the game and the love of his team mates.
Charlie was never alone in his battle against Cancer. Charlie’s family along with his best friend Laura Wilson fought the fight every day along his side witnessing his courage, strength and resilience.
The family send their heartfelt regards to Gilles Hebert for his unwavering support, Dr. Boucher and staff, Care Aids Fatima Hartman and Agnes Heilman, Interior Health, Community Palliative Care Team, Vernon Jubilee Hospital Third Floor East Nurses along with the North Okanagan Hospice House.
Charlie had a favorite saying, “always remember for every mile of road there’s two miles of ditch”.
Thank you Charlie; for sharing your miles with all of us who love you today and all the tomorrows to come.
The family ask that in lieu of flowers please place a donation to the North Okanagan Hospice House, Vernon, BC.
Due to Covid-19 a celebration of life for Charlie will be announced at a later date.
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