12 August, 1975 – 18 March, 2021
On Thursday evening, March 18,2021, following a very lengthy illness, Laurie quietly slipped away with the Lord Jesus to his “forever home.” He was surrounded by family and in the comfort and care of his beloved caregivers at his home in Rainy River Health Centre’s long term care wing. Laurie was born on Tuesday, August 12,1975 in Fort Frances, ON to Dennis and Beth Brown. He grew up in Stratton with his Mom, Dad and his brothers, Paul and Mark. He attended Sturgeon Creek School and Rainy River High School. He completed his OAC’s at Fort Frances High School before enrolling in the University of Western Ontario, London. Laurie graduated with an honours degree in Religious Studies, and planned to attend Seminary in Saskatoon, SK where he aimed to study for his Masters of Divinity degree. At the young age of 15, Laurie learned he had a cancerous brain tumour; and because of recurring health problems, he was no longer able to continue his studies at Seminary, and so he returned home to be with his family. He continued to battle the tumours the remainder of his life, having three surgeries during the spring/summer of 2017. Until his passing, Laurie’s faith never faltered and he was a courageous witness who shared his hope and vision with those he encountered. In September of 2017, Laurie moved into Rainy River Extended Care, and there he flourished! He enjoyed being the favourite neighbour of the other residents; he loved to tease, talk and cheer on his amazing staff! Many mornings Laurie could be heard on the microphone sharing a joke, and all the current events of the day! Laurie loved to spend quality time with family, and his precious nieces and nephews brought so much joy to him. He will be greatly missed by his parents Dennis and Beth, brother Paul (Jodie) and their children Jude, Quinn, Burke, Hugh and Shalese; brother Mark (Natasha) and their children Addison, Nolan and Easton, his grandmother Dorothy Brown, aunts and uncles- Cyndi and Don Bolen, Don and Mary Brown, Joyce and Wayne Pollard, Janice and Creston Dorie, Pam Peters, Norman McQuaker, Harold and Shirley McQuaker, Jim and Susan McQuaker, Peter and Marlene McQuaker, Susan and Harold Norlund, Bud and Donna McQuaker, Joanne McQuaker and Buck Watson, as well as numerous cousins. Laurie was predeceased by his infant sister Kari Anne, his niece Miami Chanel, Grandfather Raymond Brown, Grandparents Carson and Iris McQuaker, aunt and uncles, Dixie Watson, Robin McQuaker, Laurie McQuaker and David McQuaker, and by a very dear cousin, Ryan Bolen. A Celebration of Laurie’s life will be held on Saturday, March 27, 2021, at 1:00 pm, at the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church. COVID premise restrictions for attendance will apply. Interment will take place at the Stratton Cemetery later this spring. If desired, memorial donations may be made to the Rainy River Health Centre Long Term Care, P.O, Box 236, Rainy River, ON., or to the Rainy River Evangelical Covenant Church, 303 Broadway Avenue, Rainy River, Ontario.
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27 March 2021
Laurie & I met when we went on a Europe trip together in high school. We are shared a similar, quirky sense of humour. He made me feel so at ease in a new culture that I was not familiar with. He stands out in my memory as a friend that was so full of life and joy. He will be so missed.
24 March 2021
Dear Brown Family,
Please accept my deepest condolences on Laurie's passing. His beautiful smile and cheerful greeting will always be remembered. Hold your memories close and know that I am sending you all a hug. He was a very special person and will be missed.
20 March 2021
Laurie was a kind and gentle soul. High school was where I first met Laurie. Always the nicest person with a kind word for anyone he met. I loved when you and your dad visited me, Julie and Jolene in London when you graduated from Western. My husband Darryl and I were happy when you visited with us at the Point for a family get together last time we were home.
Heaven has gained a special angel in you. Until we met again sweet Laurie in heaven. May your family find comfort in the knowledge that you are home with your Lord.
20 March 2021
So sorry to hear about Laurie. Please know that I care.
Hugs and Love sent your way.
20 March 2021
You have been such a witness for Christ. All who have known your dear son Beth and Dennis and family we were truly touched by his steadfast love for his Saviour.
Uncle Mel and I are holding your dear family in prayer at this time and days ahead.
Love Auntie Eleanor
19 March 2021
LAURIE, MY THE ALMIGHTY WELCOME YOU INTO THE PARADISE. WE NEVER DID GO FISHING BUT UPON MY ENTRY TO THE PARADISE, WE WILL PARTAKE WHAT IS OFFERED. LAURIE UNTIL THAT TIME YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN AND I HAVE THOSE TWO PICTURES WITH YOUR BIB OVERHAULS, SITTING IN MY LIVING ROOM. I AM GLAD YOUR BROTHER PAUL WAS ABLE TO BE WITH YOU UNTIL THE TIME OUR ALMIGHTY TOOK YOU HOME.
YOU WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTENRIP BROTHER.