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.
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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.