John Gordon Brown

January 24, 1933 to December 26, 2022


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It is with great sorrow that we announce the peaceful passing of John Gordon Brown, 27 days before we would have celebrated his 90th birthday.

John was born in Joe Batt’s Arm, Fogo Island. After a brief teaching career in various outport locations in Newfoundland, he moved his family to St. John’s where he completed a full career with the Provincial Government, retiring in 1989. He enjoyed his retirement years traveling and visiting family across Canada. John and Patricia were very fortunate to have spent their entire retired life together living at home until his passing.

Full of gratitude for his life of sacrifice and love are his wife of 67 years, Patricia; children, Roger (Deborah-Ann), Gloria (David), Wayne (Lori), Shawn (Milly); grandchildren, Jonathan (Stephanie), Matthew, Peter (Grace), Katherine (Candace), Daniel (Krista), Andrew (Reagan), Adam, Timothy; great-grandchildren, Emma, Levi, Jack, Lucy; siblings Marie, Ralph (Viola), Betty, Eric (Susie), Shirley (David), Verna (Ivan); sisters-and brothers-in-law, Gertrude Young, Sheila Parsons, Gloria Tucker Brown, Glendon Edwards.

John is predeceased by his parents, George and Priscilla Brown; brothers, James and David (deceased as babies), Frederick, Arthur and Harold; parents-in-law, Levi and Louisa Munden; sisters-and brothers-in-law, Anne Brown, Mary Brown, Doris Brown, Valentia Edwards; James North, Reginald Keeping, Reginald Parsons, and Samuel Young.

Cremation has taken place, with visitation to be held at the Carnell’s Funeral Home on Monday January 2, 2023, 2:00-4:00 and 7:00-9:00 p.m. A service of remembrance, officiated by Reverend Canon Lynn Courage, will take place on Tuesday January 3, 2023 at 11:00 a.m. at the Carnell Memorial Chapel on Freshwater Road, immediately followed by an Interment service for the family at the Anglican Cemetery on Kenmount Road. The family wishes to thank the staff at the Health Sciences Centre for their compassion and care during his brief illness.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made in his memory to Ronald McDonald House or a charity of one’s choice.


“Parenting is the biggest sacrifice one can make, it’s putting your life on hold to fulfill the promise of your children’s tomorrow’s.” Frederica Ehimen



2-4 p.m. on January 2, 2023

7-9 p.m. on January 2, 2023

Carnell’s Funeral Home
329 Freshwater Road
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11:00am, Tuesday January 3rd

Carnell’s Funeral Home
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My deepest sympathy Mrs Brown, Gloria, Dave, Andrew, Tim and family! Prayers, hugs and love sent as you mourn the loss of your dear husband, father and grandfather. Hold tight to the precious memories and the love you shared as a family.. Safe in the arms of Jesus!!

I was so sorry to hear about Mr. Brown’s passing. I feel so blessed to have known him! He certainly was an awesome gentleman and I enjoyed any short conversations we had when he was in Grand Marais. Thank you so much for providing the online service. It was perfect. There were a lot of tears at my house during it. My prayers and thoughts remain with you and the family as you travel through the next little while.

My condolences of your dad’s passing. Meskay – I’m very sorry for your loss Nitap – Friend..

Love and prayers,
Walter Denny
Eskasoni First Nation, NS

Roger – so sorry to hear of your father’s passing. I’m sure he will be deeply missed by all of his children and his extended family.
As the son of an aging father, I began to realize my time with him was suddenly finite and limited. I began to count the number of times we would see each other annually and to calculate how many more opportunities that would be. Life no longer stood still and waited for us all to get older – we had reached that point and life’s clock was now ticking loudly.
Knowing the man you are, I can only assume your father was successful in passing along all the things to think about and all the life lessons to equip you for becoming a respected and successful person.
Perhaps for the fortunate, that is what our parents leave behind. Their legacy is in us. Their legacy is us.
I hope you and your family find comfort in knowing your father had a life well lived and well loved.
My sincerest condolences.

Patricia and family,

My sincere condolences to you all. John served as a Lay Reader and Eucharistic Assistant at St. John the Evangelist in Topsail for a number of years. He was a kind and generous person with a deep faith. He had a wry sense of humor and had a way of leaving one with tidbits of wisdom. He was a true gentleman and well respected. He will be missed. Keeping you all in my prayers. May he rest in peace.

Condolences to your and your family Gloria, for the loss of your father. Sending big hugs your way.

So terribly sorry for your loss. My memories with Mr. Brown are nothing but good and it was always a pleasure to see them when you guys (Roger, Deb, Jonathan and Matthew) were in town. He was a good man leaving behind a huge legacy of love, it’s not hard to see when you look as far as his children and every generation thereafter. Hold each other close folks. So sorry we couldn’t be there.

Beautiful service and great tributes to your father. He would be very proud of you!!
It was so special to visit with you at Carnell’s and to chat. Praying for you as you learn to live without this wonderful man! Blessings!

The Brown Family,

Our Deepest Condolences for the loss of your Dad. We are praying fro you as you celebrate his life today.

Pastors, Board & Congregation

The Brown family,
So sorry to hear of your family’s loss. Thinking of you all during this difficult time. Take care.

Richelle Noble

Our deepest condolences and sympathies for the loss of your father. May he rest in peace and May the Angels guide him.

Our sincere condolences to the whole Brown family..
We are thinking of you during this difficult time.

Roger, Deb and family. We are so very sorry to hear of your Dads passing.. Thinking of you and sending sincere condolences your way!

Pat Appleby and Bill Seymour

Roger, please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of your dad. Having reached such a good old age your dear mom and your extended family can be thankful for a life well lived. It was a pleasure to have a chat with you today after all these years. Take care my friend.

Roger, Deborah Ann & family, please accept our condolences on the passing of your Dad. What a fine age to reach and a fine number of loved ones to remember the life he & his wife created. May your happy memories comfort you in the difficult days ahead.
Roger & Lisa Tulk

Very sorry to hear of Mr. Brown’s passing. Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends

Sorry for your loss

To the Brown family,
Sincere condolences and deepest regrets on the passing of Mr Brown. Take heart and cherish the great memories.

Rick Noble and Pam Mitchell.

Roger and family.
Sincere condolences on the passing of your father.
Joy & Pete

Roger, Shawn and families. So sorry to hear of your Fathers passing. My condolences to you and families at this difficult time.

Deepest sympathy to the Brown family. Mr. Brown was my grade 7 teacher on Fogo Island in 1959. His heartful concern , on a regular basis, about my father who was in hospital in Corner Brook that year, has never been forgotten. I fondly recall his talks to the class in regards to our behavior; by telling us” that the blind will follow the blind and they will all end up in the ditch” and ‘ the empty barrels make the most sound” A very caring and wise man who was greatly respected.

May he rest in peace.

Dear Brown Family,

I remember you all with the greatest of affections at this time and I’m saddened by Johnny’s passing. I still remember him giving Shawn and I rides to hockey practice at Twin Rinks. He was part of my childhood memories. I spent so much time in your house growing up. My heart is with each one of you. I pray God holds you close; He is close to the broken-hearted.


Mark and Kara Wall (Calgary)

Aunt Patricia and family,

Thinking of everyone and sending deepest condolences during this difficult time. I was so sorry to hear of Uncle John’s passing, I will always remember him for his kind and gentle ways. I hope you find some comfort in the days ahead of beautiful memories you shared together.
Take care of each other. Hugs.

Marie and Boyd Decker

Patricia and family,
My thoughts are with you at this very sad time. We were blessed to have you as neighbors. John was a kind, caring person, always a smile and ready for a chat. May precious memories fill your minds, warm your hearts and lead you through the days ahead.

I was saddened today to learn of John’s passing. I wish to express my sincere sympathy and condolences his family.
John was a co-worker of mine in Confederation Building, he will be remembered as a thoroughly decent and good man.
Rest in peace John. I feel sure that he will.
Sam Pearson

Thoughts and Prayers to the Browns……..heartfelt.
The Murrays (Ottawa).

Wayne, Roger, Gloria and Shawn (and all of your families),
We are so sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. What a great man! First met him when I would knock on your apartment door and ask if Wayne John Brown could come out to play.. He always humoured my five year old self. Hard not to think of him without smiling. He’s known for many things, but the greatest, hands down, are you all. The legacy he has left in you and your families is significant. A sweet and happy gift to the world. So we thank God for his life and bless him and his whole clan today. May God keep you in His peace and carry you with His grace during these days. Bless you all,

Sissy and family;
With heavy hearts and sincere sympathy we have to say good-bye to our brother-in-law (Johnny)
Johnny was a very caring husband to our sister,and a loving father and grandfather.He always made sure everyone was happy and loved.
Johnny we thank you for the happy years when we were all together filled with treasured and precious memories that will be in our hearts forever.
You Johnny was everything that we could ask for as a Brother in Law and a friend to all.
Forever remembered and sadly missed
By your sister-in-law’s
Sheila and Gertie

Our deepest sympathy to you all.our thoughts and prayers are with you .God Bless you..

So sorry to hear of John’s passing.Deepest sympathy to you all.


Sorry for the loss of your brother.
May he rest in peace.

Vera (Brown) Mitchell

To Shawn, Gloria and the Brown family. Our hearts are with you as you journey through this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. We will continue to pray for you all as you navigate the next chapter of your lives. May God’s blessings be with you and may his comfort bring you peace and strength.
Love from across the miles,
Kirk and Cyndi Regular

Sorry to hear of Johns passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.

Patricia and family and all the Brown Families and loved ones. So sorry to hear of your loss of a dedicated Husband, Father, Grandfather and friend. John will be remembered for his love and dedication to God and his service to others. Your world is a better place because he was a part of your lives. May God smile on you and bless you at this time. Our prayers are with you. Rev. Roy and Daphne Martin (Viola Browns Sister)

Deepest Sympathy to John’s family. I was a colleague with John at the Provincial Government for many years and enjoyed our intersections at work. I met him in Brigus in few years back and we had a nice little chat. May you all find comfort in loving memories.

Roger and family, so sorry about your Dads passing. Thinking of you in friendship and love. Our condolences to all the family.

Wayne and family, my sincere condolences on the loss of your dad. May you find comfort with the love of family and friends at this difficult times!
Many blessings!

Thinking of you all and wishing you moments and peace and comfort has you remember a Husband,a Father,and a Grandfather whom loved and cherished you all so much.
I have the memories of staying with Aunt Pat and Uncle John in my childhood years and in my adult years.
Both Uncle John and Aunt Pat went above and beyond to do what they could for us,in 1987 my son (Robbie) was born and in 1990 my daughter(Natasha)was born they was both sent to the Janeway I was so lucky that they lived in st John’s,and could go and do for them for the reason iluved so far away.
1987 me and my husband(Robert) went to st.Johns to spend Christmas with our son who was still at the Janeway,on Christmas Eve Uncle Johnny mixed me a drink and said this is what your dad would do if you was home,God Lov him,no doubt it was a strong one,every year now at Christmas I think of that drink of whiskey,and will continue to do so.
Uncle Johnny you was an amazing Man with a remarkable life,I feel so lucky to call you uncle Johnny,you fly high with the angels,until we meet again,xo

.Ralph and family.
Our sincere condolences on the passing of your brother.
Jimmy and Anne Marie

Patricia and Family,

Sorry to hear of John’s passing. I wilo never forget the first time I met John as he was a Lay Reader, leading Evening Prayer in the Old St. John the Evangelist Church, Topsail. During my time in the Parish of Rose Blanche, I would always ask Eric about him.

You are all in my thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks to come. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Condolences on the passing of Mr. Brown..
I, too, was a Brown from Tacjk’s Beach, Placentia Bay, where I was taught by Ralph Brown.
I also had the pleasure of meeting Shirley Brown while we both were teaching in Belleoram, Fortune Bay.
I met Gloria while I was a secretary at Memorial University, Physiical Education Department, and she was one of our students.

Vera Brown Mitchell

Please accept our condolences on the loss of Mr. Brown. I wish we had the right words to say, but just know we care. Mr. Brown has left a legacy and created a lot of memories with family and friends . Cherish them, they are yours for life!

Our sincere condolences. May you take comfort with the family and friends that surround you.