It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing of Ronald (Ron) Arthur Brown at the age of 84 years in Salmon Arm B.C. Ron passed away quietly at his home on Saturday August 27th. Ron was born on July 21st 1932 in Glenaven Saskatchewan. His formative years were spent in the Saskatchewan community of Wolsely where he eventually met is future bride of 62 years Doreen Ida Chatterson. Over the years Ron worked in a wide variety of trades and occupations including auto mechanics, carpentry, retail, as well as in radio operations for the CPR. Ron and Doreen were married in Wolsely on December 19th, 1953 shortly thereafter moving to Wilkie where their two children were born, Lorie-Ann and Craig. The family eventually decided that B.C. held greener pastures so they moved to Salmon Arm in June of 1963. After arriving in Salmon Arm, Ron and Doreen set out to establish a new life for their family. Together they immediately got into retail operating the Salmon Arm 5 to a dollar store which became Robinson Little which eventually became Stedmans.
Ron’s passions in life were his family, first and foremost, along with antique car restoration and freemasonry. Ron was a true and loyal Freemason earning the rank of Very Worshipful after being invited to the position of Grand Sword Bearer during Most Worshipful Bill Ferguson’s tenure as Grand Master of the jurisdiction of B.C. and Yukon. At the time of Ron’s passing, he was the longest living Past Master of Salmon Arm Masonic Lodge having held that office in 1967.
Ron was a devoted father, grand father and great grand father who never wavered in his support for his family and friends and will be sorely missed. He is survived by his wife Doreen, his two children; Lorie-Ann (Grant) Belanger and Craig (Carol) Brown; his four grandchildren; Rebecca (Cory) Barker, Justin (Taryn) Brown, Rachael (Drew) Litke and Sarah (Kellie) Reid and his four great grandchildren; Laura, Hayley, Konnor and Kayson. Ron was also one of seven children and is survived by his sister Marlene and brothers Clarence and Bev.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the Shuswap Lake Hospital Foundation, PO Box 265, Salmon Arm, BC, V1E4N3.
Ron’s celebration of life will be held at Fisher’s Funeral Services, Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 1:00 p.m.
Well wishes, condolences etc can be forwarded directly to Fisher’s Funeral Home in Salmon Arm through Ron’s obituary at www.fischersfuneralservices.com.