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(Wilfred) Douglas Brown
(May 16, 1925- May 8 2023)
Doug went home to be with Jesus peacefully in his sleep on May 8, 2023, an answer to many prayers that concluded a long and faithful life here on earth.
He was born on a cold and frosty day in Bay Roberts, the youngest of four boys to Edward and Lydia (Mugford) Brown. As the baby of the family he was privileged to have more education than his brothers (grade 8), but soon joined the workforce at 14 as a “Cookie” (cook’s assistant) in a lumber camp.
Doug followed his brother Nate to Toronto for the plentiful jobs in the late ‘40s. He built many buildings/sites in Toronto that are still standing today, like Christie Pitts swimming pool and apartments on Wood Street, behind Maple Leaf Gardens.
Doug met Meta in 1947 and they were married in 1948. They had two daughters (Sylvia 1950 and Cynthia 1953). They celebrated 67 years of marriage in May 2015 a few months before Meta passed away.
In 1960, after many years of working hard at construction and then drinking the weekends away, Doug found himself at an evening church service where he felt the call to rededicate his life to Christ. As he went forward that night it changed the course of his family history. The answer to many of his mother’s prayers. He went home that night and threw out all his alcohol and was sober since. He started going to church regularly and it made such a change that others in his family also decided to follow Jesus. Doug went on to serve on church boards and was an usher at Kennedy Road Tabernacle for many years. He was a faithful soldier of Christ for all these years. His prayers for his family will be dearly missed.
Doug switched careers to work in the auto industry in the late 1960s and eventually moved to Brampton. This became his and Meta’s home base for many years. After he retired in 1989, they enjoyed traveling and spent many winters in Florida.
He was a life-long Toronto Maple Leafs fan and had stories of going to the Gardens to watch a game with standing-room-only tickets that could be purchased for 25 cents. Perhaps the Leafs have a better chance of winning the Stanley Cup with him cheering from heaven.
Doug was predeceased by his three brothers John, Allan and Nate.
He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He will be greatly missed by his daughters Sylvia Quinlan and Cynthia Duffitt (Lloyd Rowsell), his three grandchildren Cindy Kenyon (Archie), Paul Duffitt, and Charlene Steffen (Todd); his three great-grandchildren Sean, Liam, & Caleb Kenyon, his brother-in-law Burns Strickland and his many nieces and nephews.
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