Woodlawn Mt. Cheam Funeral Home

45865 Hocking Ave, Chilliwack, BC


William "Bill" Allen Brown

25 September , 194114 June , 2019

The family of Bill Brown is deeply saddened to announce his unexpected passing on Friday June 14, 2019. To quote him “I am 77 years old and I have had a great life”.

His love of family coupled with his strong sense of character and knowing he had our back was a constant in the lives of his wife, daughters, grandsons, son in laws and grand daughter in law.

He was a self-made man whose greatest pride was taking care of his family and family vacations and family dinners. He was also, as an accountant, ruled by numbers and could tell us (and did) how many kms he rode his bike either daily, yearly or since the original purchase date which he also still had the receipt for. He loved knowing how many days in a row he had gone to the gym. He also never paid a cent of interest to any bank since 1985! He was a great friend and an excellent listener and someone we all went to for support. His first trip to Maui in 1972 changed all of our lives as that was his home away from home. He loved sun tanning and the friendships and laughter and memories that all of those years brought on Kamaole Beach II in Kihei. He always stated that his BBQ could never start without a beer and we don’t think it ever did. He was a life long fan of NFL football and Nascar. He took great pride in being fit and loved going to the gym every day and meeting up with everyone.

The greatest impact on his life was meeting and loving Joan. They met when they were 16 and were married for over 58 years. They shared every adventure, happiness, sorrow and were constant companions. Their joint love of Maui and friends and family was defining in their life and their decision making.

Family dinners at home were what we all looked forward to. They were loud and funny and engaging and put smiles on our faces that day and for many more days to come. His love and pride and support and friendship to his grandsons Justin, Nick, Blake and Eric changed their lives. They loved their Papa and he was so proud of the deep connection and friendship he had with each of them.

For his daughters Lisa and Tracy he was our Dad that taught us how to ride a bike, gave us our first dog, swam with us in the ocean, smiled at us on our wedding day and held our children on the day that they were born. He was truly someone we knew we could count on and we always knew he loved us and was proud of us. As our family expanded this impact extended to our spouses Gary, Rob and Rachael. He was truly proud to be their family.

He was a good man and he will be missed forever. Aloha.


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William "Bill" Allen Brown

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Jim Bell

8 July 2019

Bill and Joan Brown were my neighbors in the early 80s for less than a year and then we moved to California. We kept in touch by phone on a regular basis and actually made several trips back for important events such as Joan's epic surprise birthday. Every 5 or 6 months without fail, one of us would pick up the phone and call. I always looked forward to Bill's calls. Bill and Joan came to see me in Florida about 5 years ago. We had a great time reminiscing and most importantly catching up on our lives, and our "kids" lives. In the past few months Bill and I talked frequently about his upcoming surgery.

Bottom line is I will miss Bill. He was my friend.

Joan, I intend to continue those calls.

Jim Bell

Glenna Huth

27 June 2019

Dear Joan, Lisa, Tracy and family.
We were so saddened to hear about Bill.
I thought for sure he would pull through and immediately start looking for some cheap airfares to Maui. I have so many fond memories of our trips together there. Discussions about airfares and rental car costs were always important topics.
Bill was the best man at my first wedding. One of the only times I have ever seen him in a suit. He preferred a bathing suit! He was a great man who loved his family and friends. I am grateful that we were friends. Take comfort in all your happy memories. He will be missed. Love you guys, Glenna and Pat

Rob and Debbie Forde

26 June 2019

We were so saddened to hear the news, but knew from our last conversation with Bill that he was prepared for the possibility. Bill was our gym friend for the past 10 years. Although I always tried my best to maintain the pace of our workouts, Debbie always enjoyed her moments with Bill. He became another father figure for her, and his wisdom was always appreciated. We often discuss travelling to Maui. Because if Bill loved it, then it must be special. Our condolences to all his friends and family.

Ken White

26 June 2019

So sad to hear about Bills passing. I saw Bill every day at the gym. Great guy he is and will be sadly missed.
Ken white

Joyce Lebeau

25 June 2019

Dear Joan and family,
I’m so saddened to just hear of Bill’s passing.
I have so many memories of Bill, always his “big grin”, to greet me!
Great barbecue’s! Sleepover’s in Richmond because they wouldn’t let me drive home alone! Long walks with Bill on Maui, chatting! And many more wonderful memories!
He, will be missed! Love you “guys “, love Joyce xox

Christopher MacDonald

24 June 2019

I have memories of Bill going back to when I was a young boy. From the moment I met him preparing to be the ring bearer at Gary & Lisa's wedding, I was enamored with Bill. His welcoming and heart warming ways we're amazing. I remember as time passed in my childhood going to visit my family in B.C. and going for swims at Bill & Joan's, discovering passions I shared with Bill. It was Bill that encouraged me to embrace my live of numbers and Excel in mathematics. Discovering as I got older our love of Football. As a teenager you start to go your own way and do not see extended family and in-laws as often as before. Now as a husband and father myself, I was fortunate to live in the same city with Gary and Lisa. Getting reacquainted with Bill and Joan these last few years has been so special to me as my wife and sons have gotten to meet the people I spoke so fondly of. It was recently almost expected that I'd get to share stories and a glass of red with Bill over Christmas or Easter. I'll forever cherish my memories of him in my ages young and older. Most heart felt condolences to the family at this time. You will all be in my family's thoughts and prayers. God bless you all, and Godspeed.

Judy Gerein-macdonald

22 June 2019

We,re thinking of you Joan, Lisa and Tracy and family, and wish you peace to comfort you. Courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to fill the whole in your hearts. From the first time meeting Bill when Lisa and Gary were to be married. He always greeted us all with a huge smile. He took a genuine interest in us all as he greeted us. And that never changed. Over the y.ears.That genuine character and a true happiness reflects in you all as his family. You have been blessed to have such wonderful memories of a truly loving husband , father. Grandpa and father in law. And the wonderful life you shared together.
Love Judy and family

Dick Hawkshaw

21 June 2019

Dear Joan and Family

Please accept my heartfelt condolences in the passing of Bill.

While I only knew Bill as a result of all the years we spent in various gyms exercising together, it was special. There was a bond developed between us. We always had a laugh or two coupled with light or sometimes a bit heavier conversation. And, he was so proud of you all.

It was a pleasure knowing him and being able to call him friend.

Like you, I, too, will miss him.

Dick Hawkshaw

Brian Taylor

21 June 2019

Holy cow, it's hard to believe Bill has left us. The gym has not been the same since. I've been seeing Bill at the gym for the last 10 years, first the Pumphouse and now Cheam Centre. We always shared a warm greeting then a quick BS about something happening in the community or the world, especially sports.
A few years ago I had a heart valve replacement, so Bill was full of information to tell me about the process. And I watched him closely to see how he made out with his and was really keen to see how he made out this time. A shocking result.
Bill was a good guy who brightened my day with his family news, views on life and his humour.
My sympathies to Bill's wife and family, whom I never met, but heard a lot about and was the pride of Bill's life.

Sean McIlwaine

21 June 2019

Wonderful words that truly capture and celebrate Bill, whose love of Maui and devotion to fitness paled in comparison to the love and devotion he held for his family.
My sister and I both worked with Bill at Summer Equipment and after he retired we remained friends who would regularly get together (with Bill always able to quote the exact date, time and location of when we had last met).
His smile, stories and friendship will be fondly remembered and dearly missed.
Condolences to his family and all those who knew and loved him.