1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 19 at the James A. Harris Funeral Home


2:30 p.m., Saturday, November 19, 2011 at the James A. Harris Funeral Home.



As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the London Centre Branch YMCA Strong Kids Program. Using provided link or address, please remit directly to the Y Strong Kids Program. Complete the form below to remit directly to notify family of your contribution.


50 Years


John M. Brown

Death Notice

Brown, John Muir - Peacefully at Highview Residences in London on Sunday, November 6, 2011 in his 97th year. Beloved husband of M. Patricia (Coyle) Brown, they celebrated their 70th anniversary together on September 20. Loving father and father-in-law of Barbara and Peter McBrien of Sacramento California, Brian Brown and Laurel Rowbotham of Woodstock, Barry and Lynne Brown of Haliburton and Kathleen and David Jones of Cedar Point. Proud grandfather of Kyle, Michael (Megan), Katie, Jason (Deborah), Matt (Andrea), Tricia (Dave), Krista (Greg), Jamie (Wendy), Jeff (Pam), Blair (Laura), Scott ( Jane) and Lisa. Proud great grandfather of Max, Maggie, Claire, Broderick, John, Braden, Graydon, Abby, Myla and Penny. Beloved brother-in-law of Kathleen Patchet of London and Kay Coyle of Mississauga. He is fondly remembered by his many nieces and nephews. He is pre-deceased by his brother George and sister Jean and by brothers and sisters-in-law John and Elsie Coyle, David and Isabel Coyle, Gavin and Marjorie Coyle, Stuart Patchet and Gordon Coyle. John was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, moving to Canada at age three. He attended Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto. He served Canada as a Lieutenant in the Queens Own Rifles in World War II, participating in the liberation of Holland, where he lost his best friend Ken Jeanerette. Following his service years, John earned a reputation for integrity and service as a Senior Manager with Crown Life, Excelsior Life and Northern Life. He was a lifelong supporter of Scouts Canada, the Canadian Bible Society and the Salvation Army. His particular passion was for the work of the Y, and he was humbled to be named as a life member of the London Y at age 90 in recognition of his many years of service and leadership. A memorial service will be conducted at the James A. Harris Funeral Home, 220 St. James Street at Richmond, London, Ontario on Saturday, November 19, 2011 at 2:30 pm to celebrate a life well lived. Visiting will occur prior to the service beginning at 1:30 pm. Friends and family are invited to attend a reception at the Funeral Home following the service. The family profoundly thanks the outstanding staff of Highview Residences for their tender care and loving support. As an expression of sympathy memorial donations may be made to the London Centre Branch YMCA Strong Kids Program.