Brown, John Harry

John Harry Brown

John Harry Brown

1923 – 2006

Brown, Harry.jpgOn Wednesday, November 29, 2006 at Salem Home in Winkler, Harry Brown aged 83 years of Winkler, MB formerly of Burwalde, MB went to his eternal rest.

Dad was born on February 26, 1923 to John G. and Susan (nee Rempel) Brown in the Diamond School District in the  1-6 area south of Morden.  His life began in tough circumstances as his mother died when he was born.  Even in difficult times, he was never one to feel sorry for himself.

When he was a teenager, Dad and his family moved to the Burwalde area where he met mom, who lived there.  They were married in 1949 and lived on the farm until they moved to Winkler in 1970.

Dad farmed with his brothers-in-law, Ed and Norman and later with his son, Roger who joined him 1984.  The farm became a central hub of activity where both sons and grandsons Dustin and Ken came to help.  His son-in-law, John played a major role during the construction of the farm shop.  Many meals and coffee-breaks were shared by these workers, their families and mom. Many of mom and dad’s anniversaries (September 3) were celebrated in the farm shop.

Dad became a Christian in his early years and was baptized in 1945 in the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church.  He also attended the Winkler Bible Institute for 2 years.  Church was a priority for him.  He went every Sunday, even if it meant shoveling for hours to clear the driveway in winter.  He was actively involved teaching Sunday School, serving as a trustee and being on the building committee.  When help was needed to build the new church, he was there.  He was also active in the community, serving as a Co-op board member for 20 years.

Dad started every day by leading us in Bible reading and prayer.  He taught us the importance of having eternal life.  And so now at the end of his time with us, we know that he is with his Lord Jesus and we’ll see him in heaven.  He was a loving and supportive husband, father and grandfather.  He enjoyed family and friends and loved a good game of Skip-Bo, Rook, Scrabble or Crokinole.  He was a tough one to beat and won many a game of pool at the Friendship Center, even winning a trophy.  In his earlier years, he enjoyed playing baseball and riding his Indian motorcycle.

In their later years, mom and dad had the opportunity to travel, seeing places such as B.C., the Maritimes, Florida, Texas, Alaska and many States and Provinces.  As much as he loved traveling dad was a definite “prairie boy” and was always glad to be home again.

Dad was a man of integrity and a hard worker.  He will be remembered for his generosity and his quiet, gentle strength and wisdom.  Even though he was of a quiet character, he had a boisterous, infectious laugh.

He leaves behind his wife, Elsie (nee Braun) of Winkler; 1 daughter, Jean and John Hildebrand of Morden (Ken and Alex and their daughter, Jenna Rose, Cindy and Tyler and their children, Marcaz, Grady and Jaylene); 2 sons, Rod and Anne of Winkler (Dustin and Crystal), Roger and Alma of Winkler (Lindsay, Jaymi, Cassidy, Josiah); his only sibling George and Neta of Winnipeg and many more relatives and friends.  He was predeceased by 4 sisters and 1 brother.

He’s left a hole in our lives and though we mourn the loss of him, we are forever blessed by the wonderful years we’ve had with him.  “Though we mourn, we do not mourn as those without hope.”

Funeral service was held Monday, December 4, 2006 at 1:30 pm at the Winkler Mennonite Brethren Church with David Friesen officiating.  Interment followed at Winkler Cemetery.

We, the family of Harry Brown, thank everyone especially the staff at Salem, who had even the smallest part in making his last years as comfortable and pleasant as possible.  We appreciate all the flowers, cards, food, prayer and support during this time.

Wiebe Funeral Home, Winkler in care of arrangements.

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