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1766 Franklin Boulevard
Cambridge, ON N3C 1N8
Phone: (519) 658-9366
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William Brown

William John Brown

Sunday, February 13th, 1938 - Monday, December 31st, 2018
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Brown, William John "Bill" - Passed away on December 31, 2018 in his 81st year at Cambridge Memorial Hospital peacefully in his sleep after a long fought illness. In the days leading up to his death, he was surrounded by friends and family.
Bill is survived by his beloved wife Maria; loving father of Christina and Paul. Cherished grandfather of Holly, Anthony (Marta) and great-grandfather of Charlie. Dear brother of Shirley (Frank) Steele and brother-in-law of Eugene (Helen) Guagneli and uncle of Marisa (Michael) Guagneli, Howard O'Hara and Kevin (Lynne) O'Hara.
Bill was born in Binbrook, Ontario and joined the Hamilton Fire Department at the age of 18, rising to the rank of captain before being named Deputy Fire Chief of the Cambridge Fire Department in 1977, a position he held until being named the Chief in 1984. Bill retired from the fire department in 1992 and in 1994 was elected to Cambridge City Council. He served one term and did not seek re-election. Instead, Bill chose to spend his time with his wife and family.
Bill will leave a long legacy behind him. Throughout the years, he has been instrumental in changing the way fire departments work and changing legislation to ensure safety of people in multi-unit dwellings. His commitment to people and safety is unparalleled, in 1988 he travelled to then Soviet Armenia to lend his expertise after a horrifying earthquake killed almost 50,000 people and levelled many cities. He spent many years coaching youth sports was actively involved in his church.
He was beloved by all that knew him, but there was no one closer to his heart than his family.
Bill’s family will receive friends and relatives at Lounsbury Funeral Home, 1766 Franklin Blvd, Cambridge on Monday, January 7th from 6-9pm. Funeral Mass will take place on Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish, 16 Cooper St., Cambridge at 11am, cremation is to follow. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre, or the Muscular Dystrophy Canada, or The Spinal Cord Injury Ontario in memory of Bill.
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  • Visitation

    Monday, January 7th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Monday, January 7th, 2019 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Lounsbury Funeral Home
    1766 Franklin Boulevard
    Cambridge, Ontario N3C 1N8
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  • Service

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 | 11:00am
    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 11:00am
    St. Mary of the Visitation Parish
    16 Cooper Street
    Cambridge, Ontario N3C 2N2
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    Father Frank Freitas
  • Reception

    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019 |
    Tuesday, January 8th, 2019
    Lounsbury Funeral Home
    1766 Franklin Boulevard
    Cambridge, Ontario N3C 1N8
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Garth and Marilyn James

Posted at 06:47pm
Maria and family,
We wish to send our love and deepest sympathy.
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Ben Tucci

Posted at 06:11pm
To a great cause he championed and for the great community servant he proved to be over the years.
RIP Chief Brown you will be missed.
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Joan and Bob Shantz and Family

Posted at 01:02pm
Maria, Paul, Tina and family
We were extremely sorry to read of Bill's passing
Although we are now miles apart, we have many good memories of happy times
You were great neighbors and will always be good friends
Please accept our condolences

Ken Bisch

Posted at 04:35pm
So sorry for your loss, Chris and family.
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Jennifer Ward

Posted at 02:37pm
My deepest sympathy to Christina and family on the passing of a wonderful dad.
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