Garrett William Brownrigg

February 15, 1932July 2, 2013

BROWNRIGG: Garrett (Garry) William, CD, Retired, 1932 - 2013 passed away in Kelowna, BC. The only son of Dr. Garrett & Ena (Winsor) Brownrigg, Garry was raised in St. John’s, Nfld. While attending McGill, he decided on a career change and joined the Canadian Army Special Force for Korea. He spent his military career as a transport officer, fixed wing pilot and a helicopter pilot, serving in Europe, the United States and Canada. During his working career Garry gave generously of his time to a number of charitable organizations including The Boys & Girls Club of Ottawa, Rotary Clubs International from St. John’s, NL to Kelowna, BC where he was a recipient of the Paul Harris Award. Garry was also very active with the various Power Squadrons, Citizen on Patrol Units and a member of 883 (Kelowna) RCAF wing. Left to mourn his loss is Sheila (Down), his wife of 57 years; Son Garry (Kelly) grandsons Evan & Patrick Brownrigg; Son Geoffrey (Karen), granddaughters Megan, Julia, and Kimberly Brownrigg; Son Chris (June) grandsons Bryan & David Brownrigg; Granddaughters Jessica & Sarah, the daughters of his only daughter Heather who predeceased him in 2006. Also his sisters Ann (Bill) Church of Barrie, ON and Lynn Spracklin of St. John’s, NL. Sisters in Law Athol(Frank) Toth of Victoria BC and Elaine Jeffery of Dartmouth, NS. A Funeral Service will be held at 11am on Friday, July 5th, 2013 at First Memorial Funeral Services, 1211 Sutherland Ave, Kelowna, BC. Immediately following the service, interment will be held at the Kelowna Memorial Park Cemetery. In Lieu of flowers, a donation to the BC Cancer Foundation or the BC Heart & Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by the family. A special thanks to Canadian Legion, Veteran Affairs Canada and the BC Interior Health Community Care. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting, clicking on stories and typing in Garrett Brownrigg. Arrangements entrusted with First Memorial Funeral Services, Kelowna, B.C. 250-762-2299


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July 9, 2013

We knew Garry as "Brownie." He was a friend of our whole family and part of my life when I was growing up on Queen's Road in St. John's, Nfld. I recall spending quiet, pleasant summer days in his company. As a young man he was a good friend of my brother, Austin. I am very sad to learn that he has died. Please accept my condolences. God bless you all. With love, Sheila (Parsons) Curren. (North Vancouver, BC)

John Church

July 5, 2013

Aunt Sheila and Family: My condolences. Uncle Gary was a larger-than- life individual with a huge heart. I always enjoyed his stories about his many exploits. No doubt, he will have new adventures to share with his fellow travellers. The adventure continues...

Danny Murphy

July 5, 2013

Sheila & Family,

My deepest condolences go out to you and your family. Gary was one of the most honest and loyal gentleman I have ever met. I will be forever grateful and indebted to him for letting me be his friend.

Love and deep sympathy for all of you,

Danny Murphy
506-810 Pinecrest Rd.
Ottawa, ON
K2B 5W6


July 4, 2013

Sheila and family

I can't believe it! Garry was my best man and it seems like just yesterday. Anne and I send our heartfelt condolences.

Judy & Jack O'Donnell

July 4, 2013

Dear Sheila, Garry, Chris and Geoff & families,

It is with profound sorrow that we offer you our sympathy on the death of our beloved Garry. You know how grateful we were to have shared him like a brother from the earliest days. I (Judy) shall ever treasure the memories of our childhood where he loved me and protected me and was ever unfaltering in his faithful outreach. Memories come flooding back of our days at our home on Circular Road and also his home on Queens Road and at the beautiful Mitchell's Pond. But some of the most treasured memories involve my Dad, Garry's Uncle Kevin, taking both of us to small outport areas beyond St. John's to share in camping, fishing and hiking. Those, in fact, are some of the most cherished memories of my youth. Garry was the brother that I never had, and I count myself very blessed for his consistent outreach to me.

When Lynn e-mailed us as regards Garry's passing, we happened to have been in Cape Breton where Jack's choir had begun a series of the usual summer concerts. Thus, a day passed before we were able to monitor the news. We understand from Lynn, whom we have since phoned, that the funeral is Friday. She said that there may be some element of Garry's military career reflected in the funeral service. Were we not living on opposite ends of the country, not only would we have planned to attend, but our son John would figure logically, perhaps, into the pattern. John has just assumed the responsibility of Head Chaplain for the Land-based Military in Atlantic Canada. He thus replaces a fine RCMP gentleman who is retiring and who formerly held the mandate. We relayed the news of Garry's passing to our three children, John, Chris & Lynn\, (who recall fondly having met Garry at my Mom's funeral in St. John's), and they asked us to pass along sincere condolences on their behalf.

In the light of your request to channel remembrances of Garry through charitable donations rather than flowers, we shall be honouring his memory through a donation to Jean Vanier's L'Arche here in Antigonish; we are part of that community having been co-founders. We were always impressed with Garry's compassion and outreach to the vulnerable, the suffering and those persons who needed support in their challenges along life's journey. That is epitomized in those served by L'Arche in our communities all over the world. You will receive notification of this gesture.

Know that we are with you all in our thoughts and prayers and are trusting that Garry, now united with your darling Heather, is now at peace.

Love and deep sympathy to you,
Judy & Jack

Corinne Lassaline

July 4, 2013

I am so sorry to hear of your loss...may your cherished memories carry you forward. Please accept my condolences.