Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre

1001 Ottawa Street South, Kitchener, ON


David Alan Brown

September 28, 1953December 15, 2019
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Dave Brown’s life was filled with shenanigans, laughter, practical jokes, and a fierce love for his family and friends. Dave was born in Port Dover on September 28, 1953. He passed peacefully on Sunday, December 15, 2019 at Sunnyside in Kitchener in his 67th year.

Dave was predeceased by his parents Jack and Marion Brown. He was a loving husband to his wife Barbara (nee Elliott), and the best father and friend to his daughters Joanne (Mark) and Julie (Paul). He leaves behind his grandchildren Kassie, Mya, Jack, Aiden and Evelyn. Dave will be greatly missed by his brother Ralph (Brenda) and his sister Nancy (Randy) and nieces and nephews Jamie (Becky), Jaclyn (Andre and daughter Savannah), Brian (Rebecca and children Sam and Charlotte), and Darren. He will also be missed by a large extended family and many friends who were like family to him.

Dave explored a few career paths as a young man before finding his fit with J.M. Schneiders in 1973. Dave tested the waters as a deck hand with the Merchant Marines aboard the Imperial Sarnia Tanker for a season. He also tried his hand as an Electrical Apprentice, but that wasn’t for him either. Dave’s career with Schneiders began loading and shunting trailers and with the incredible support and mentorship of some great people, he proudly retired as the National Transportation Director for Maple Leaf Consumer Foods Inc. in 2009.

Dave worked hard, but played harder. He enjoyed any social activity that included friends, food and drinks. He never wanted to miss a good time, and would often be one of the last to leave a party or card game. Some of his favorite activities were fishing, skiing, golfing, bowling, scuba diving, ballroom dancing, playing cards (especially Canasta and Pepper) and lots of fun vacations that included all of the above with family and friends. For years, Dave was a member of the Corkscrew Society. We all benefited from the award winning wine that Gary and Ralph helped him make. He was proud of the medals he won for his wine making and happy to share.

In his retirement Dave’s happy place was at Shady Akers Trailer Park. The good times continued with boating, fishing, golf cart rides, camp fires, BBQ’s and yum-yum’s with the Shady Akers gang.

Dave’s family would like to express their sincere gratitude to the staff and volunteers at Sunnyside for taking such good care of Dave when we could no longer care for him at home, Dr. Quincy Almeida and the MDRC at WLU where Dave enjoyed participating in research projects, the Neurology Department at Toronto Western Hospital where Dave received DBS, care provided by Grand River Hospital and St Mary’s Hospital as well as the support groups and seminars put on by The Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario.

Please join us in celebrating Dave’s life on Friday, December 27th, 2019 at Westmount Memorial Celebration Centre, 1001 Ottawa St. S., Kitchener, (519-743-8900). There will be a Memorial Service from 1:30 - 2:00 p.m., followed by a Celebration of Dave’s Life from 2 - 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations made to the Parkinson’s Society of Southwestern Ontario, MDRC at WLU, the Sunnyside Foundation, GRH Foundation or SMGH Foundation.


  • Memorial Service Friday, December 27, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, December 27, 2019


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Scott Auringer

December 27, 2019

Our sincere sympathy to Dave's family. I worked with Dave for many years and we had lots of fun times. One of the most memorable was running into him, his Mom and Dad on a boat in Kenora Ontario. With us being from Winnipeg and him being from Kitchener, it was an unexpected but enjoyable afternoon.

Christine Kolody

December 26, 2019

It is with great sadness that I learned of Dave's passing. "Uncle Dave" to Paul, Andrew and Jonathan speaks to the special person that he was to us. He will always be remembered. My deepest condolences to you Barb, Joanne, Julie and families.

Christine Kolody

Michelle Morris

December 24, 2019

Although we are away over the next couple of weeks, our thoughts are with you all at this time. Barb and family, we send our condolences and wish you all comfort over this difficult period. Dave will be missed and our time at Shady Akers won't be the same.

Kathy Dale

December 24, 2019

Dear Barbara - Deepest sympathy from all of us on the sad loss of your husband ( your daughters' Father and your grandchildren's Grandfather) most sincerely ...Kathy Dale

George Farrell

December 22, 2019

My sincerest condolences to Barb, Joanne, Julie , Nancy, Ralph and their entire families and significant others at this most difficult time in your lives. Dave fought the good fight to the best that is humanly possible. How tough it was for you all to bear what he was going through. My thoughts and prayers go out to you all.
I met Dave through my good friend Ralph shortly following their arrival to Kitchener from Oshawa. Dave always had an excellent passion/gift for sharing funny stories and jokes. I will always remember Dave in that regard although I know he was much more to many.
Dave , you have fought the good fight. May you RIP with your dear mom and dad!!
Hugs from George Farrell and family

Tim and Ruthann Collins

December 22, 2019

We wish I could be at Dave's funeral.
Dave was such a great guy, full of life and fun. Dave will be missed everyone who knew him.
R.I.P. my friend.

Tim & Ruthann Collins

Sharon (Ammerman) Gardner

December 20, 2019

My sincere condolences to Barb and family, Ralph and Nancy and their families, and may the many shared and happy memories bring you peace during this very sad and difficult time.

Sharon (Ammerman) Gardner

Robert Hazen

December 19, 2019

Our condolences to Barb, Joanne, Julie and their family and to Ralph (Brenda)and Nancy (Randy) and their families.
Dave was respected and loved by all that knew him, even though he is gone his memory will live on in us forever.
Farewell my cousin and rest in peace from the suffering you have been enduring.

Bob & Lucie Hazen & family

Rita and Jeff Thom

December 18, 2019

We are sorry to hear about Dave, our thoughts and prayers are with you Barb and your family.
He was a great guy and we really enjoyed his stories around the fire. He will truly be missed.
Rita and Jeff

John Ardan

December 18, 2019

Well best friend after 52 years of a great friendship with a lot of water under the bridge you now have crossed another bridge. You are will be missed! From throwing snow balls together to many fishing adventures sharing tons of laughs and quality family times. Your presence was always great and comforting.
Be at peace as your memory is planted in my heart and mind. God Bless