Brown Funeral Home & Cremation Centre

429 2Nd Street South, Kenora, ON


Marinus Oussoren

September 30, 1938August 6, 2019

September 30, 1938 – August 6, 2019

We are saddened to announce that Bert’s bags are packed and he’s off on his final adventure. Born in Middelburg, Holland, Bert grew up during World War II before moving with his family to Hoboken, New Jersey in 1951. After stops in Vancouver and Stonewall, Manitoba, he landed in Kenora to teach geography and world studies at Beaver Brae Secondary School in 1965.

His passion for helping students and adults to better understand the world led him on countless trips across six continents, and organizing of exchanges for dozens of students. Photography, drinking Caesars, taking really long road trips, worrying about money, waxing his car, and desserts were other strengths, and he never refused a first (or second) helping of something sweet, especially if it included raisins. Bert believed strongly in community, and was a devoted member of Knox United Church, singing in the choir, helping to maintain the property and serving in numerous other roles.

Bert was lucky to have found love twice, first with Marlene, with whom he raised two tall, dark (now more grey) and caring sons. And again with Betty, with whom he shared 36 years of travel, dancing, gardening (she the flowers, he the veggies) and adventures at their camp on Lake of the Woods.

The souvenirs Bert leaves from his journey through our lives are the connections and impressions he made with those around him. His gentle and sensitive nature, his twinkly smile, his quick laugh and his willingness to always help marked him as a truly caring person. He will be greatly missed by his wife and best friend Betty, his sons Sean (Jackie, Owen, Leo) and Trevor (Kylie, Jonah, Nolan), his siblings Neal (Hazel), Helen, John (Marg), and Harry (Glenys), his many nieces and nephews, and his second family Cyrena (Rena, Kendra), Neil (Kate, Alexis), Dianne (Ayoka, Joey, Ben, Hannah), Mark (Carmen, Dagmar, Madelaine) and Lisa.

Bon voyage, Bert! In lieu of flowers, we invite family and friends to consider a donation to a Parkinson’s charity of your choice. Funeral to be held at Knox United Church Monday, August 12, 2019 at 11 a.m.



  • Celebration of Life Monday, August 12, 2019


Marinus Oussoren

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Patrick Dale

August 18, 2019

I was fortunate enough to have him as a teacher in Geography in grades 10 through grade 12.

A very passionate teacher and a wonderful influence about world travel.
I totally enjoyed my grade 12 trip to West Germany, Austria and Switzerland in 1985.

One of the best teachers that I ever had.

My condolences to his family and to Betty.

Mr. Oussoren, Thank you for opening my eyes to the world and my appreciation of exploring the world.

A great man,

May you enjoy your eternal travels!

Patrick Dale

Linda Hanton

August 12, 2019

When I was in Grade 11, I took Grade 12 Geography. I received a passing grade, but was not happy with it, so I re-took it in Grade 12 in order to improve my grade (which Bert announced to the Grade 12 class). I did a project on the Churchill Power Project, which he came to me personally to ask if he could keep it to use later. He also extended my time for turning in this project as I had an such a hard time receiving the information required for it. I will never forget his generosity and caring for all of his students. Mine will always be special to me. Thanx Bert, wish I could have seen you before you passed away. Respect ALWAYS!

Colleen Serban

August 12, 2019

My condolences to family and friends. Mr. Oussoren was my geography teacher at Beaver Brae, I loved his class. I've grown to love geography and learning about other cultures because of taking his class.

Gary Portman

August 9, 2019

Mr. Oussoren was my geography teacher for Grades 12 and 13. I always liked geography and enjoyed his class thoroughly. He cared about the subject and his students. He kept it interesting and relevant, he made you feel very good about doing well, and he was very encouraging. I still have the beautiful Atlas he gave me as the Grade 13 geography award. I fondly recall my school career as I enjoyed learning and was fortunate to have many great teachers. Mr. Oussoren is among the best.