My journey with ALS ended on Friday, May 31, 2019. I was a fighter and never gave up or gave in to this disease. When I was diagnosed in December 2012 we did not expect the road to be this long. It was certainly longer and took a couple of twists and turns along the way. I couldn’t have traveled it alone and I’m so thankful for the support of my family and my friends. Your visits put a smile on my face, and it gave me great joy to hear what was happening around me and what was going on in each of your lives. I am forever a Blackhawks fan and I hope they make the playoffs next year; I was enjoying the success of the Raptors 2019 season and looking forward to the 2019 Canadian Open.
To send flowers in memory of Murray Brown, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.
I have left this world as a father, brother, son, and friend. I enjoyed my wonderful life, and especially seeing my two sons; Bryan and Mitchell become the kind and generous men they are. Bryan and Mitchell you are my pride and joy, and my life’s legacy. I have no regrets only wonderful memories of my life. At our family home on Shipley street there was always joy, laughter and food; the door was always open to family and friends. I hope my mom Verneta Brown, my brothers Craig (Debbie) and Royden (Lois) Brown as well as my extended family; John and Jason Brown, Keith, Kyle and Daniel Sippola, Corine Ferguson, Anne and Bill Brown, and Caitlyn Brown will continue to enjoy the memories and find comfort. I am now at rest with my Dad; John Brown, my sister; Lynn-Ann Sippola and my brother; Glenn Brown.
My dad always said that if you have family and friends you are a very rich person, and he was so right. My best friends Ted and Marnie Horst, Daniel Weeks, Scott Perrier and Gail Brescia stood beside me through it all. I will never be able to express how thankful I am for your love and support.
I received my Thunder Bay Police Service 30 year Service Medal on May 16th this year, and although I was unable to attend the ceremony, it was a proud moment for me to have served with the Thunder Bay Police Services and to have a career that I loved.
The passion in my life, aside from sports, was my love of drumming. I was fortunate to play with the MacGillivray Pipe Band of Thunder Bay, Thunder Bay Police Pipe Band, Legion #1 (Winnipeg) Pipe Band, Maple Ridge Pipe Band, Abbotsford Police Pipe Band, Matsqui Police Pipe Band and the Peel Police Pipe Band. In addition to the many championships and trips to Scotland, I had the pleasure of performing with Paul McCartney in 2005.
Thank you to the St. Joseph’s Hospital nursing staff for the care, compassion and commitment during the past 2.5 years. I was not always the easiest patient; I do appreciate everything you did.
Donations in my honor if you wish can be made to Team Brown/Walk to End ALS (www.walktoendals.ca/teambrown) or the Sgt. Murray Brown Bursary at Confederation College.
Visitation for family and friends will be on Thursday, June 13th from 5pm-7pm at the Sargent & Son Funeral Chapel, 21 N. Court Street. There will be a Celebration of Life on Friday, June 14th at the Valhalla Inn from 7pm-10pm. Drinks and appetizers will be available between 7pm-8pm, with the ceremony beginning at 8pm. On-line condolences may be made at www.sargentandson.com.