Brown, William John Clair

1926 - 2017

Passed away peacefully at Souris Personal Care Home on Saturday, January 7, 2017 with his wife Teresita by his side. Clair was born February 9, 1926 the eldest child of Stanley Arthur Brown and Jessie Grace Brown (Waterman) in Souris, Manitoba. He grew up in Souris living with his grandmother, Mrs. W.H. Brown. He returned to the farm at age 13, a real culture shock! His father passed suddenly in October 1945 at the age of 52 and the children and their mother were left to take care of the farm. Thus Clair became a farmer whether his choice or not. He and his brother Art farmed together until Art passed away in 1986.

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In 1979 Clair travelled to the Philippines and he and Teresita Rubillos were married. He continued farming until 1992 when he rented out the farmland. He and Teresita continued to live on the farm. He always said that he would stay there until the end of his lifetime. He almost did just that.

He was a very well read man and interested in all politics. He was very clever and learned quickly so could discus many subjects very intelligently. He possessed a very strong memory.

Clair is survived by his wife Teresita, his sister Helen Kain of Souris Manitoba, nieces Debra Kain of Souris, Manitoba and Leah Kain (Michael Hannen) of Sarasota, Fl., U.S.A., nephew Emerson Rubillos (NingNing) of Souris Manitoba. Also survived by cousins Helen Waterman of Brandon Manitoba, Lloyd Waterman (Betty) of Kenton Manitoba, Harvey Waterman (Shirley) of Winnipeg Manitoba.

His parents, brother Arthur Allan, brother in law John Kain of Chater Manitoba, cousin Willard Waterman of Brandon Manitoba, predeceased Clair.

The funeral was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church Souris, Manitoba with Father Kelly Wilson as celebrant. Clair’s niece, Debra Kain, gave the eulogy.

Pallbearers were Emerson Rubillos, Bob Edgerton, David Janz, Reid Cowieson, Myles Arnold, and Mark Murray.

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