Patten Funeral Home

71 Union Street, Glace Bay, NS


Calvin William Brann

April 8, 1936December 1, 2019
Play Tribute Movie

BRANN, William Calvin - It is with heartfelt sadness that we announce the peaceful passing of William Calvin Brann on December 1st in his 84th year, at the An Cala Unit in the Cape Breton Regional Hospital, following a brief illness. Calvin was born in Donkin on April 8th, 1936, the youngest child of the late Effie (Milley) and William “Scrogie” Brann. Calvin is survived by his devoted wife of almost 61 years, Jean (Warford), daughter Janis and son-in-law Peter Mombourquette; son Glen and daughter-in-law Ann Campbell; beloved grandchildren Abbey and Julia Mombourquette, and Liam, Maria and Kathleen Brann. Also surviving are sisters Mary (the late Mike) Myketyn, and Lorraine (the late Winston) MacCharles, special niece Lynn Fitzpatrick and several other nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings John, Raymond, and Alice, and nephews Tom Myketyn and Donnie MacCharles. He started his working life at the age of 16 delivering milk by horse and wagon at the Donkin British Canadian Co-op, and worked his way through the ranks of the organization until he became the Operations Manager. He subsequently pursued employment with Nova Scotia Power, and was hired in 1964. He enjoyed his 28 years working as an Industrial Mechanic at Seaboard Power Plant. Dad treasured his life in Donkin where he was a member of the Donkin Volunteer Fire Department for 30 years, The Thistle Lodge #36 Port Morien for 55 years (Past Master) and Saint Luke’s United Church. He was an active member of his community, and in his younger years enjoyed fishing and snowmobiling with his friends, as well as many lobster boils with family and friends. Later, he would be seen daily “walking the loop” with his walking stick. He enjoyed many sports, especially hockey, where he cheered for his Toronto Maple Leafs and Cape Breton Eagles. In 2006, Dad left Donkin and relocated to Sydney to be closer to family. In his new home he made many new friends who became a very important part of his life, but his heart never left Donkin. Supported by Mom, the VON day program and home care services, he was able to stay at home until his most recent illness. Dad’s love for Mom and our family was fierce and unwavering. He made many friends, and worked hard on the friendships most special to him. Dad did his best every day and told the truth, whether you were ready to hear it, or not. In these ways, and through the sparkle in his blue eyes, he inspired us, and those who were lucky enough to know him. Sleep easy Dad. Our family would like to thank Drs. Richler, Fraser, Crosby, Guy and AF D’Intino for their support in Dad’s final days. We would also like to thank City Homemakers, the VON Day Program, and John Bourgeois. Thank you to the staff of 4D at the Cape Breton Regional Hospital and to the staff of An Cala, where Dad was fortunate to spend his final days. Through the course of Dad’s previous illnesses, he had the benefit of significant support from Dr.’s Ley, Cohen, Gammell, Lawand, MacLeod, Thanamayooran, and Shimon. Special thanks to our friends and coworkers who helped us to navigate through Dad’s illness in these past few weeks. Your support will never be forgotten. Visitation will be held at Patten Funeral Home in Glace Bay on Wednesday December 4th from 2pm to 4pm and 7pm to 9pm. A celebration of Dad’s life will be held at St. Luke’s United Church in Donkin at 11am on Thursday December 5th, with a reception in the church hall immediately following. Family Interment Service will follow. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to the Cape Breton Regional Hospital Foundation or the VON Day Program. Online condolences can be sent to the family at www.pattenfuneral.com.


  • Jean (Warford) Brann, Wife
  • Effie (Milley) Brann, Mother (deceased)
  • William (Scrogie) Brann, Father (deceased)
  • Janice (Peter) Mombourquette, Daughter
  • Glen (Ann) Campbell, Son
  • Abbey Membourquette, Granddaughter
  • Julia Mombourquette, Granddaughter
  • Liam Brann, Grandson
  • Maria Brann, Granddaughter
  • Kathleen Brann, Granddaughter
  • Mary Myketyn, Sister
  • Lorraine MacCharles, Sister
  • Lynn Fitzpatrick, Niece
  • John Brann, Brother (deceased)
  • Raymond Brann, Brother (deceased)
  • Alice, Sister (deceased)
  • Tom Myketyn, Brother (deceased)
  • Mike Myketyn, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Winston MacCharles, Brother-in-law (deceased)
  • Donnie MacCharles, Nephew (deceased)


  • Visitation - Patten Funeral Home Wednesday, December 4, 2019
  • Funeral Service, St. Luke's Churck, Donkin Thursday, December 5, 2019


Calvin William Brann

have a memory or condolence to add?

Cindy Gillard

December 7, 2019

I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences on the passing of your father. Sending prayers to your family at this sad time.

Karen Roberts-Small

December 6, 2019

Glen and family,

So very sorry for your loss my prayers are with you and your family.

Joy Moore

December 5, 2019

Sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family during this difficult time.

Krista Dixon

December 5, 2019

Calvin will always be remembered by me as a kind man with a twinkle in his eye. He was the head of a wonderful family who all adore him and I am grateful to have known him and been a part of his families life. You are all so blessed to have had this amazing man in your journey. There is no doubt that he lives on in you all. So sorry for your loss ... hugs to you all. Thanking you for sharing your lives with the wandering Dixon's ... forever grateful.
I love and miss you all, Krista

Blair Butler

December 4, 2019

Hi Janis, Glen & families,

I was very sad to hear of the passing of your father.
My heart goes out to you and peace be with you.


Maureen Macdonald

December 4, 2019

So sorry to hear about your loss Janice and Glen. I only met your father once but remember what a gentleman he was, very kind. Please pass on my condolences to your mother. Take care.

Derek MacDonald

December 4, 2019

Glen and family,

Very sorry to hear about your Dad, thinking of you all.

Derek & Carla MacDonald

Ann & Hugh Campbell

December 4, 2019

Jean, Janis, Peter, Ann, Glen and families.

We are truly sorry to hear about Calvin, we are thinking about you all and offer our prayers. He was a dear man and can collect his reward for making the world a better place with his smiles and kindness.

Love Ann and Hugh Campbell

Joe Shanahan

December 4, 2019

Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

LInda Lee Sampson

December 4, 2019

Dear Jean, Janis & Peter, Glen & Ann & Families,

Please accept our sincere sympathy on the passing of your dear husband, father & grandfather.

He will always be in your memories and your hearts.

Thinking of you during this sad time.

Rest In Peace Calvin,

Linda Lee Sampson & Dave Gill & Divot