Glenn Brown

November 22, 2018 18 Condolences Print Obituary

September 24, 1954 - November 08, 2018

Quickly and quietly came the call, your sudden departure shocked us all-

We who have lost do dwell, for the loss of our loved one without a farewell...

On what should have been just another ordinary work day we lost one of life’s very best.  In the shadow of sorrow, Glenn leaves to mourn his loving life partner Corine Ferguson and his two children Anne & Bill Brown all of Edmonton, AB the place he called “home” the past 43 years.  He also leaves to mourn his mother Neta Brown and brothers; Royden (Lois) Brown, Murray Brown, and Craig Brown in addition to numerous nieces, nephews and one grand nephew all of Thunder Bay, ON where he was born and raised. He was predeceased by his sister Lynn-Ann (Brown) Sippola, and his father John Brown, both in 2001.

In the true spirit of life growing up in northern Ontario, Glenn developed a life-long love for hiking, canoeing and portage adventures which began as a member of the Lakeview High School “Outers.”  Prior to traveling west to make his eventual home in Alberta, his parents gifted him with a 17’ Allumacraft silver canoe which continued to fuel a passion for dipping his paddle in the North Saskatchewan, various lakes and rivers throughout Alberta.  Given this, it seemed most enchanting that Glenn and Corine’s last 6 years together was sharing a home with breathtaking views overlooking the Edmonton river valley.  Among his many retirement aspirations- Glenn hoped to mount one last great portage adventure across the US border, canoeing the Mississippi river all the way to New Orleans!

Professionally Glenn held many designations including Bachelor of Arts and Physical Recreation degrees granted from Lakehead University ON, and was eventually designated as a Certified Professional Account which guided his life’s work and career.  In this capacity he worked for various levels of government including Strathcona County, City of Edmonton and in the latter part of his career as a Director for Justice & Solicitor General with the Government of Alberta. While with G.O.A. Glenn also volunteered as Treasurer in support of the United Way and in giving of his time to the County Clothes Line Foundation in the community of Sherwood Park, Alberta.

On the list of personal accomplishments, Glenn enjoyed viewing life from behind the lens of a camera and dappling with photography, traveling and spending summers and time with his mom, brothers & extended family in Thunder Bay, cooking & hosting parties at the “Brown-ie manor” for which Corine & Glenn became well known, being active in supporting ALS Walks in Thunder Bay & Edmonton and singing & playing his “Black Beauty” guitar (a Christmas gift from Corine) at “open mic nights” around town.  By far however; Glenn’s proudest role was that of being a dad to his two children Anne and Bill- quoting a line from his father- “it’s wonderful when one’s children are also one’s very best friends.”  In this final chapter of life, Glenn also cherished the love story that was the relationship he and Corine shared. Together they had a special kind of magic and love for life and each other that only further enriched as time went on.

A Celebration of Life will be held December 14, in Edmonton at 1:00 p.m. at the Alfred Savage Centre, at 13909 Fox Dr NW, Edmonton, AB T6H 4P3 supported via a televised “live feed” to Thunder Bay for those interested in attending with the family at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ontario.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation (heartandstroke.ca) OR in commemorating Glenn’s love of the outdoors by planting a tree in his memory either in Alberta or Ontario via the Living Tribute organization. (alivingtribute.ca).

  1. On this day of American Thanksgiving Katie & I are so thankful that we had Glenn as a friend and beloved brother-in-law. Our condolences to Annie, Bill, sister Corine and the Browns in TB. Mom B, Murray & Craig. Until we meet again Glenn …..

  2. I was looking forward to getting to know Glen better. It saddens me greatly this vibrant man left us so suddenly. Deepest condolences to Corine and family.

  3. Glenn was a kind, generous man and a great neighbor. I shared his enthusiasm for the out-of-doors and will miss him a lot. My condolences to Corine, Annie, Bill, his mother, brothers and extended family.

  4. Our dear friend and brother-in law Glenn …..we will remember you in a thousand different ways, and our lives won’t be the same without you. How lucky we were to have known someone as sweet and incredible as you, and we miss you beyond words. Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end, they simply mean we’ll miss you, until we meet again.
    Our deepest condolences to our sister Corine, Annie, Bill, Mom Brown, Murray and Craig and all of the family.
    Love and prayers… Maurine & Graham.

  5. Our dear friend and brother-in law Glenn …..we will remember you in a thousand different ways, and our lives won’t be the same without you. How lucky we were to have known someone as sweet and incredible as you, and we miss you beyond words. Goodbyes are not forever, goodbyes are not the end. they simply mean we’ll miss you, until we meet again.
    Our deepest condolences to our sister Corine, Annie, Bill, Mom Brown, Murray and Craig and all the family.
    Love and prayers… Maurine & Graham

  6. Corine and family, Murray, Craig and Momma Brown-
    My heart aches for you all. I am very thankful that I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn when he came to Thunder Bay for a visit; I always looked forward to it. Our constant banter on the Leafs making the playoffs and winning the Cup, and our agreement and love for the taste of Rum!
    He really knew how to light up a room with his genuine smile and kind heart.
    This world has lost a fine man.
    Thinking of you all. Go Leafs! (just for you Glenn 😉
    Jen, RN (SJCG Thunder Bay)

  7. I knew Glenn through his work with the United Way. He was a tireless supporter of the United Way and Glenn and his work will long be remembered by those who worked along side him.

    Glenn always had a smile for everyone he came across, and was always willing to jump in and help.

    Deepest condolences to Corine and his family. Glenn will be missed and fondly remembered.

  8. I was very sad to hear of Glenn’s passing. I worked with him at the GOA and he was such a nice man! He had a wonderful sense of humor and always had time to chat and make you feel special. I will miss seeing his happy face. My thoughts go out to his family who will now have to start this new journey in their life without Glenn to share the path.

  9. Although I only knew Glenn for a short time it was long enough to recognize what a terrific gentleman he was. Leighann and were very sorry to hear the sad news of his passing. Our condolences to Corine and family.

  10. Dear Corine, Annie, Billy, Auntie Neta, Roy & Lois, Murray & Craig & Families: We were so very sorry to hear about Glenn. There is another star in the sky shining down on us. The only comfort is that he is up there with Lynn Ann and Uncle Jack watching over us. We hope that, in time, you are comforted by the many special memories you have of ‘Glenny’. He loved all of you so much.
    Sending our love,
    Kathy & Barry

  11. I am saddened by the loss of your beloved partner, and father. While I haven’t seen Glenn in a number of years I was always happy to see him on some of his visits to Thunder Bay. I was a Lakeview Outer with Glenn and the bond we share seems to connect us all in our love for the outdoors and of course canoeing. My sincere condolences to his family and friends.

  12. I am deeply saddened and shocked to hear that Glenn has passed away. I first met Glenn on my first day of work at Collins Barrow in 1983- he was there to greet his fellow Lakehead alumni newly arrived from Thunder Bay. He really helped make my move easier with his cheerful nature and great sense of humour and we enjoyed many good times in those years at happy hour Friday and playing for the office baseball team. I was fortunate to meet up with Glenn and Corine in October at the Lakehead alumni event and though we hadn’t seen each other for several years, he was still the same positive guy- a really great guy. To Corine, Anne, Bill, and the Brown family in Thunder Bay i offer my sincerest condolences and hope there is comfort in knowing Glenn made a real positive impact.

  13. I had the pleasure of spending time with Glenn and got to know his professional side as well as his fun and mischievous side. Whether it was at work or playing soccer or listening to him play the guitar, he was one of those guys you enjoyed being with. I am very sorry for your loss.

  14. Co- Jim and I can’t begin to tell you how sorry we are for your loss. Glenn was a special man that filled your heart with love and your time with companionship and wonderful experiences. Our hearts and thoughts are with you and the family at this very difficult time.

  15. I was shocked and saddened to see the photograph of Glenn when arriving at The Common Ground last night. In memory of Glenn I performed The Long And Winding Road and Angels At Your Doorstep. My condolences to Glenn’s Family. May Glenn’s Music and Spirit live on in all those who knew him.

  16. Anne & Billy…We were so saddened to hear of Dad’s passing. He was my Boss at Recreation /Strathcona County. He would proudly bring you into the office on his days off. He was a very sincere friend and boss. He was so very proud of you kids. May you continue on in his legacy and wonderful memories. He loved you both dearly.
    Love Uncle Doug & Auntie Ivy Walton Recreation Parks & Culture..oxox

  17. My sincere condolences to Corine and family.
    Crossed paths with Glen at Common Ground open mic.
    His good natured way will continue to be a gift to this world.

  18. My deepest sympathy to all of Glenn’s family. I had the privilege of working with Glenn at Strathcona County and he was one of my favorite people. Always a smile on his face and a good morning Clarise (we had nicknames for each other and I’m not even sure how we got them). His nickname was Olaf and even years later we would call each other those names.

    Another angel has earned their wings. Until we meet again Olaf!

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