The Rev. Brown Milne, beloved husband of Mavis Milne (nee Miller) of Calgary, passed away on March 25, 2017, at the age of 84 years.
Brown was born in Goderich, Ontario, the youngest of six children, and grew up within Knox Church there. He attended Knox College, and graduated and was ordained in 1957. In fact, he was ordained, married, and went to his first charge all within a single month. Brown would have celebrated his 60th anniversary of ordination and the 60th wedding anniversary for Brown and Mavis this spring.
The Rev. Brown Milne served in congregational ministry in First Presbyterian Church, Whitehorse; Riverside and St John’s in Medicine Hat; and St Andrews and St Stephens, North Vancouver. He then spent 2 years at UBC, where he was among the first students of the Pastoral Care program. He was hired by the Calgary General Hospital to set up a Pastoral Care Department, and he served as its Director for 25 years. Although he always enjoyed preaching, Brown’s first love was Pastoral Care.
Brown was actively involved at Camp Kannawin (in Sylvan Lake, AB) for many years in a variety of roles, including director, chaplain, supporter and board member – and the Milne family have great memories of their summers at Kannawin. He took on a variety of volunteer work in his retirement, including 10 years as a Canadian Cancer Society driver to help patients get to their treatments and many years as a “Pathfinder” in the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, where he also served on the Clinical Ethics Committee. Brown was involved with a “Backdoor” program to help street kids get back on their feet, and very much enjoyed his two years as a volunteer with the Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church “Side by Side” program for Alzheimer’s patients and their care-givers.
Brown is survived by his wife, Mavis, and four children (Tim, Stephen, Lee, and Tracy), five grandchildren (Toben, Sydney, Kellee, Spencer, and Dustin) and three great grandchildren (Caeden, Nathan, and Rhys). He is also survived by one sister, Eunice Bisset.
Brown’s extended circle of friends and family can be found all around the world: London, Goderich, Ottawa, Toronto, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat, N. Vancouver, Okanagan, Halifax and Debert N.S., Whitehorse, France, Germany, Denmark, England, Scotland, Australia, Maui, Malaysia, and Shanghai, as well as within the borderless halls of the Presbyterian Church.
Funeral Services will be held at Varsity Acres Presbyterian Church (4612 Varsity Drive N.W., Calgary, Alberta, T3A 1V7), on Monday, April 3rd, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. Condolences, stories, photos, or your favourite of Brown’s countless jokes may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com or emailed to memoriesofbrown [at] gmail [dot] com.