In Memory of



Obituary for Al Brown

Alan Douglas Brown, loving husband and father, passed away peacefully in the early hours of Wednesday, March 8 at the age of 73. In his last three and a half years, he lived with a terminal diagnosis of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. Despite this, his diversity of interests kept him laughing, learning and loving life.

Al moved to Bayfield permanently in 1989, with his wife Jane and daughter Bri. He spent many a weekend night conversing, dancing, and playing pool at the Albion, Admiral, Black Dog and The Docks. A Chartered Accountant by vocation, his creativity and genuine concern for his clients earned him their respect and nicknames like ‘Magic Al’ and ‘Al Almighty’. The bonds he formed with clients often developed into friendships for life. An entrepreneur at heart, one of his proudest ventures was a company called Canadian Harvest which Bill Seguin, Peter Stewart and Al created in St. Thomas, Ontario, later sold to Conagra Foods.

Outside of his professional life, he was passionate about nature and music, sports and literature, and competitive gameplay. He enjoyed building structures and sculptures both practical and artistic. His curiosity was insatiable, his positivity admirable, and his childlike sense of play contagious.

Cremation has taken place. The family invites friends of Al to raise a glass (from wherever they are) on the full moon in his honour on Wednesday April 5 at 8:30 PM; one lunar month since his passing.

For those who wish, a memorial donation can be made to the Canadian Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation.