William John Clair Brown – 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.
In 1979 Clair traveled 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 life time. 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.
Clair was predeceased by his parents, brother Arthur Allan, brother in law John Kain of Chater Manitoba, cousin Willard Waterman of Brandon Manitoba.
The funeral was held at St Mary’s Catholic Church Souris, Manitoba with Father Kelly Wilson as celebrant. The eulogy was given by Clair’s niece, Debra Kain.
Pallbearers were Emerson Rubillos, Bob Edgerton, David Janz, Reid Cowieson, Myles Arnold, and Mark Murray.
In memory of Clair, donations may be made to the Souris Personal Care Home c/o Prairie Mountain Health Box 10 Souris, Manitoba R0K 2C0.
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Rest in Peace Uncle Clair. Thank you for everything.
When I think of Clair, I remember a hard working man, proud of his crops and gardens. What a kind, generous, warm hearted soul. Thank you for caring. Rest in Peace.
Sorry to hear of Claire passing. Take care of your self and I will see you when i get home.
My condolences to the family. Clair was a dear friend of the family when I was growing up. My father had passed away and we didn’t have a lot of money. Every year Clair would make sure I had new clothes and shoes for school and that my student fees were paid. He stopped in and checked on me from time to time. On my birthdays he always gave me a card and cash so I could go to the summer fair!! and told me “don’t spend it all in one place”. He always said that 🙂 Thanks Clair, I’ll miss you