Robert John Brown

July 17, 1944December 8, 2014

Robert John (Bob) Brown passed away Dec. 8, 2014 at home, in Chilliwack BC, aged 70.

A well-known and respected local broadcaster hired by the “first” STAR-FM (CKSR-FM) in 1986, he hosted the afternoon drive show, Swingin' on the Star, and That's Entertainment. With music such a strong part of his life he loved the opportunities his career afforded for doing interviews with a great variety of performers and entertainers from David Pomeranz to Tony Bennett and from Anne Murray to Johnny Marks (he wrote Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer) to Rita MacNeil. A great aviation buff he was thrilled to cover the Abbotsford Airshow for 4 days each year for eleven years. He was there for media day, which allowed him to fly with the Snowbirds one year, as well as the three actual show days.

He served as Music Director and had a variety of other duties both at C-ISL 940 in Richmond when it first went on the air and at CFAX 1070 in Victoria. He also worked at CKDA 1220 in Victoria and prior to moving to Victoria he worked for CHFM in Calgary for nine years. Bob had about thirty-five years of broadcast experience overall.

Bob was the long-time drummer and announcer for the Abbotsford-based big band The Moonliters. He also played with the Clearbrook Connection Dixieland Band, the Cats 'n' Jammers, and a variety of other small groups. He was MC for the Chilliwack Dixieland Jazz Festival Opening Ceremony a number of times. His MC experience also included the We'll Meet Again production with the Abbotsford Concert Band under the direction of Shannon Goldsmith. More recently he played drums with and was on the Board of Directors of the Cascadia Wind Ensemble.

As a volunteer Bob was a highly dedicated member of the organization CASARA, the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association, from 2000 to 2014. His volunteer activities included being the sponsor announcer you heard at Chilliwack Flight Fest for more than twenty years.

He shovelled snow for neighbours, shared his vast music library and knowledge and generally helped others whenever there was a need and he had the ability. One year he put out a house fire next door.

He was a stay-at-home dad for three years after being laid off two days before our oldest son was born, and Mike was the first new infant he had ever held!

Bob was an amazing person. He had a slightly warped, great, at times wicked sense of humour which made him a big favourite with a lot of people.

Bob will be greatly missed by many people and the world is a little less bright without him in it. He is survived by his loving wife and family; Joanne, son Mike (Amy and grandson Logan), daughter Susan (Justin), and son David. Your thoughts and prayers are greatly appreciated as we adjust to this huge loss.

In lieu of flowers please donate in Bob's name to either the Canadian Cancer Society or the Capilano University Linton Garner Jazz Award. Thank you.


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David Brown

May 4, 2015

Not a day goes by that I don't think of my father. He was always there for his kids when we needed him, and his love for his family, friends, and life itself knew no limits. I still remember how his eyes lit up when I was accepted into the Jazz program at Capilano University, how he would drive out for every performance I had just to see me play. I love you Dad, and miss you so very very much.

Paul Ciesla

April 29, 2015

Perhaps a little known fact about Bob I that he took a year of art at the Alberta College of Art in his native Calgary. I met Bob during Frosh Week in 1962. We hit it off right away because our common interest in Jazz and remained friends ever since but had to maintain a long distance friendship because Bob ended up in Vancouver. I enjoyed listening to Bob do his magic on the drum kit. Bob had the most beautiful handwriting of anyone I knew, too. Here's tae us, Bob.

Judy Hill

March 8, 2015

No one, but no one, knew as much as Bob did about popular music of the twentieth century, and he loved to share its magic -- both on the air, and by making recordings for his friends. Sadly missed.

Bruce Monnery

February 11, 2015

My condolonces to the Brown family on the loss of Bob. I first met Bob when we worked together at CHFM in Calgary in 1968. Not only a great radio man, but a man of music and all around great guy. RIP Bob.

Judi Good

January 19, 2015

very sorry to hear about Bob's passing he sure is missed around the ACS and that voice there will never be another . You are in our thoughts

January 17, 2015

I met Bob when he joined STAR FM and I was employed at CHWK AM.
We worked together in the same building for many years.
Bob was an excellent broadcaster.
I admired his passion for music and broadcasting and his great sense of humour.
Bob, you will be missed.
My deepest condolences to Joanne and family.

Norm Mazuren

Hugh and Anne Gregory

January 17, 2015

Bob was a shining example of what a leader should be and he always had words of encouragement and support that were appreciated over the many years I volunteered along side him in Air Search and Rescue. When I passed my pilot in command check flight with CASARA's Abbotsford group in 2009, Bob was the among the first to congratulate me.

He was a mentor, a fellow SAR flight navigator and guiding light who's wisdom and advice I shall miss.

Bob was true gentleman of great integrety and his selfless ways were an inspiration to us all.

Our heart felt condolances to Joanne, his children and grand children on your loss.

Peter Scott

January 16, 2015

I only met Bob once, and only for about 3 hours when I took him to The Harrison Hotel for lunch in my Austin Healey. He was thrilled when, after lunch, I handed him the keys and he drove us back to Chilliwack. It turned out that we had much in common - age, ostomies and love of "the big Healeys" I was saddened to hear from Mike, upon returning from a long road trip yesterday, that Bob had died. I was looking forward to repeating the experience again this summer.
My deepest condolences go to Joanne and their children and grandson.
Peter Scott, Vancouver

January 15, 2015

Bob was a good friend, neighbor and fellow history buff. He will be missed.
D. Armstrong

January 13, 2015