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Born: Jan 31, 1928

Date of Passing: Jul 09, 2022

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January 31, 1928 – July 9, 2022

Born January 31, 1928 in Winnipeg, the only child of Dr. Douglas and Vera (nee Walker) Brown, Jean passed away on July 9, 2022 at Health Science Centre.
Jean received a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba in 1949.
She taught figure skating for the Crescentwood Community Club and the Winnipeg Winter Club.
For 30 years, she worked as a reporter and editor at the Winnipeg Free Press. In later years, she cross-country skied, cycled and walked big-time.
Her volunteer activities ranged from representing the Elizabeth Fry Society at the Manitoba Provincial Court, to being archival assistant at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. At various times from the 1950s to the 1980s, Jean sat on the boards of the Junior League of Winnipeg, Canadian Women's Press Club, Indian and Metis Friendship Centre of Winnipeg, Mount Carmel Clinic and Winnipeg Condominium Corporation No. 37.
Led by her friend Joyce Hughes of Texas, she travelled the world. She also enjoyed cottage life at Falcon Lake and loved her friends and cats.
As per Jean's wishes, cremation has taken place and a graveside service will be held at Thomson "In the Park" Cemetery, 1291 McGillivray Blvd. at a later date.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jul 16, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • I met Jean in her senior years at Sturgeon Creek retirement residence where my Mom lived. She would make a point of pushing my Mom’s wheel chair to and from her meals as well as taking her outside. We started including her in our family gatherings. The last time I took Jean and Mom out, we went to the forks for chocolate ice cream. Jean enjoyed and loved her cat until it’s passing and told me she would leave her estate to a cat rescue. I was impressed with her choice. I will always remember her politeness, kindness, appreciation, her views on current affairs and hugs. She would light up when she saw me. As her memories failed her, she always remembered my Mom and myself. She then entered a personal care home. Many tears were shed by me because of confidentiality, I was unable to locate her and visit her. How could she be isolated from people she knew! Laws are not one situation fits all. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Joretta Robidoux (Friend) on: Aug 05, 2022

  • Jean Brown was a dear friend of my mom who traveled throughout the world and shared many adventures. They both were fearless and curious adventurers. I know mom will miss her much and will be pulling out her travel journals that chronicled their many adventurous times together. God speed. - Posted by: patrick hughes (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2022

  • Jean Brown was a woman who had a boundless zest for life. She was very kind and compassionate. Notably apart from her many public service works, she was a true friend to all who knew her. She was a friend of my mother's in Winnipeg, through the Free Press years when they both worked there, and over many years after that, up until my mother passed away. When my mother had her first bout with cancer, Jean came out east and stayed with mom for three weeks to help look after her. This helped allow my mother attend my brother's wedding soon thereafter. I never forgot this selfless act of Jean's done for her old friend, my mother. Few people would have gone that far but that was the kind of person Jean Brown was. If there was a need she tried to fill it. She will be sadly missed by both myself and my brother, Hugh. So long Jean. - Posted by: Gordon MacGibbon (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2022

  • I remember Jean Brown from our family days at Falcon Lake pre1971. North shore Block 6. My mom and a few of us kids would walk over - I think when mom needed some interesting adult conversation. You are right Joyce - it’s the end of an era indeed. - Posted by: Cathy Murray (neighbour) on: Jul 16, 2022

  • Dear Brown as I know her and I travelled the world for more than 40 years…we met about the age of four and immediately connected and lasted that way for the rest of our lives….how I will miss her..seems like the end of an era. such a true friend, the likes of which we seldom have the privilege and joy of experiencing. Goodbye dear friend…will never forget our remarkable journeys together…. - Posted by: Joyce hughes (Friend) on: Jul 16, 2022

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