Richard R. Brown

Date: January 23rd, 2021

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Richard R. Brown of Camrose, Alberta, beloved husband, father and grandfather on the 23rd of January 2021. Richard was born in the small town of Coronation, AB on May 4th 1943 to Leopoldine Mary Aline Brown and George Albert Brown. Richard is survived by the love of his life, Eileen Brown; daughters Janice (Whitelock) and Diane, son in law Michael Whitelock, granddaughters Jaclyn and Kaylee Whitelock (Matt); sisters, Margaret (O’Dell) Alberta (Grigat), Pansy (Bradley), and brothers Albert and Harold. He was pre-deceased by sister Bella (Rhine) and brother George. Richard loved animals and children. When his own grandchildren were grown he became known as ‘grandpa’ to the neighbour children, delighting in listening to their stories and encouraging them in their adventures. He was a highly skilled baby whisperer- so skilled he could put himself to sleep along with the babies. Richard couldn’t walk past a dog without sharing pets or a warm greeting, and he had patience enough to get wild songbirds eating out of his hand. Just as friendly with people, Richard could often be found engaged in neighbourly sidewalk conversations. He was known for writing the ‘best’ Christmas letters that would have the family in stitches, with humorous depictions and his unusual ponderings and perceptions of day-to-day life events. He shared his understanding of how the world worked with his daughters and the granddaughters he adored. We were blessed with his somewhat unconventional wisdom and unconditional love, and our lives are the richer for it.

Our family would like to thank the Camrose Regional Exhibition for the memories they shared of Richard on their Facebook page:

CRE lost one of our family on Saturday, January 23rd.

Richard Brown joined CRE in 1992 working for both CRE and Panhandle Productions.

His wide smile, “Can Do” attitude and infectious giggle brought so many of our staff and guests joy throughout the years. Mr. “What Not” could fix anything, build anything and was instrumental to the successes of both CRE and Big Valley Jamboree. We grieve with his family on their loss and are thankful for having the opportunity to know him, work with him and call him our friend.

Due to the pandemic restrictions a private family funeral will be held and a livestream webcast will be broadcasted at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Memorial donations may be made to the Alberta Cancer Foundation.


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