We are deeply saddened to announce the sudden passing of Wilton (Willy) Brown on Aug. 20, 2009 after a brief illness.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Claire, sons Kenneth (Shirley), Michael (Laurie) and Casey (Helen). Grandchildren Ryan (Karen), Kyle (Jessica), Alana, Ashley Megan and Lucas, Great grandchildren Jenna and Riley. Sister Dorene (Bill) Bennie, Sister-in-law Sheila (Larry) Snider and many nieces and nephews.
Willy was born in Cumberland on Sept. 15, 1934 and resided in Courtenay until 1956 when he moved to Campbell River where he was employed at Crown Zellerbach’s Elk Falls mill. He retired in 1994 after 41 years of working there as a pulptester, pipefitter and maintenance foreman.
Willy was an avid hunter, fisherman and gardener. He was a great sportsman and over the years he enjoyed playing ball, golfing and target shooting. He was one of the founders of the Campbell River Gun Club and a hard working member for many years. Willy coached youth’s ball, soccer and shooting. He was a certified target rifle instructor and also taught the C.O.R.E. and Y.E.S. programs. He participated in many rifle competitions, provincially, nationally and internationally.
Willy spent many hours taking part in his families lives, camping trips, sporting events and reunions. Activities with children, grandchildren and great grandchildren were his greatest pleasure. His retirement years were spent travelling and wintering in California. Willy will be remembered for his care and thoughtfulness of others, his sense of humor and his patience when it came to helping others.
There will be no service by his request however an open house will be held on Sat. August 29th, 2009 from 2 to 4 at his home.
In lieu of flowers donations to the Campbell River Hospital or a charity of your choice would be greatly appreciated.