Gordon Brown

Gordon Brown

Monday, July 4th, 1960 Friday, November 13th, 2020

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Obituary for Gordon McLeod Brown

It is with great sadness that the family of Gord Brown announce his sudden passing, the result of a heart attack in St. John, New Brunswick, his home for the past year.

Gord was born and raised in Walkerton He received his education at WDSS and later at the George Brown School of Culinary Arts. He worked for many years in Toronto at various well- known hotels and restaurants before settling at Lake Rosalind where he made his home for 30 years. There he built an industrial kitchen and “Oodles of Noodles” was born. He supplied ready-to-go meals for his customers. The majority of the herbs and vegetables he used in his recipes were grown in his own large garden. Gord believed in using the freshest ingredients for his dishes.

Gord loved the lake and the outdoors in general. He was a regular fixture at sunset as he patrolled the lake in his small motorboat with his trusty dog manning the helm. Christmas day usually found him cooking turkey dinners for his elderly shut-in friends. He would deliver the dinners personally and make sure he made time for a little visit as well. His other gift to these friends were jars of his homemade jams and jellies. He made sure these people were not forgotten or overlooked at that special time of year.
Friends and family have always maintained that Gord marched to his own drum, and indeed he did. His philosophies and ideas were unique to him (and amusing to others!) but always provided fodder for interesting and stimulating conversations.

Left to cherish these memories are his wife Laura (nee Crawford), mother-in-law Marlene Crawford MacDonald, brother Ken Brown (Lynne), Eleanor Locke, Elaine Gauthier (Jean-Paul) and Mary Ellen Black (Bill) sister-in-law Sarah Crawford and brother-in-law Jimmy Crawford as well as many nieces and nephews. Gord was predeceased by his parents Bill Brown (1986), Virginia Brown (1973) brother Alan (2010), brother-in-law Bill Locke and sister-in-law Kate Crawford.
Cremation has taken place and a private family graveside will be held at a later date.
Gord loved everything about Lake Rosalind. As a tribute to Gord Brown, the Lake Rosalind Property Owners Association has set up a memorial fund for lake conservation and preservation.

Anyone wishing to donate to Gord's Lake Fund may direct donations as follows:
1. e-Transfer - (Message: Donation Gord Brown Fund

2. Drop off: Brown's Pharmacy, Walkerton or McMeeken Law Office, 207 10th Street, Hanover

3. Mail to: John Stadtlander , 423 Lake Rosalind Road 4, Hanover ON N4N 3B9

Arrangements entrusted to Cameron’s of Walkerton. Cards available at the funeral home (519-881-1273). Condolences may also be made online at

Goodbyes are not forever
Goodbyes are not the end
They simply say
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Until we meet again

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Susan Dietz

I met Gord when he was the chef at the Walkerton Golf and Curling Club. I was the young, very influential dishwasher who just loved working with the three chefs there (maybe a little less when things got "hot" in there). As my 16th birthday approached, I posted my gift wish list which only included 3 things: a man, a car and roses. To my delight, a dozen roses were delivered to me on my big day, with love from the guys. I have treasured that sentiment since. I was lucky enough to work with him again at Hartley's - I am so grateful that life gave me the opportunity to work with and know such a remarkable guy.
Comment | Posted at 06:57pm via Condolence

Bud Halpin

I am sorry to hear of Gordon's passing, he was a cheerful and kind man. RIP.
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Jean Mcfarlane

Remembering My visits with Gord I enjoyed hearing from my friend. Ellie and I called Gord on his birthday. We left a happy birthday song. He left me a message thanking us He had such great knowledge of history and love for animals. He seemed to call when I needed a laugh. He called the day I lost our Lab. He sure helped me thru it despite the tears we had a laugh I Will miss our chats. I am so glad he considered me a friend. RIP Gord
Comment | Posted at 09:15am via Condolence

Dennis Steffler

Dennis Steffler

Gordie and I were friends since he was 8 years old when our family bought a cottage two doors down from his family's place on the lake. When we saw each other for the last time several years ago, I took the opportunity to give him a heartfelt thanks for being a great friend when I needed one the most. Now I feel very glad that I did. I will always remember you fondly Gordie. My sincere condolences to Laura and family for your loss.
Comment | Posted at 02:34pm via Condolence

Sandra Holliday

To Laura and the Brown family:
I remember Gord as the coolest guy in grade 4 at WPS.
I remember Gord as one of the most talented cooks/chefs that I’ve had the pleasure to encounter.
I remember Gord being a warm and generous host at the Lake.
My sincere condolences Laura and family! His undeniably huge presence touched many in such positive ways. So very sorry for your loss ❤️
Comment | Posted at 11:23am via Condolence

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