Passing of Bob Brown

March 14, 2014

Sadly we have lost another Optimist and must announce the passing of Bob Brown. Bob joined Opti-Corps in 1955 and stayed with the Optimists until he aged out in 1961. While in the Optimists Bob played baritone. After leaving the corps he continued to satisfy his love of music by playing trombone. In 2009 Bob once again played baritone with the Optimists, this time in the Optimists Alumni ensemble that performed at the G.A.S. (Great Alliance of Seniors) gathering in Gettysburg, PA. We offer our condolences to Bob's wife and family.


BROWN, Robert Earl - Died March 7, 2014, aged 73, at Bridgepoint Hospital, Toronto, after a long battle with cancer. Beloved husband of 50 years to Carole, loving father of Graeme and Kevin (Wynne), devoted grandfather of Emma and caring brother and brother-in-law to Andrea Journeaux (Peter), Ian Brown (Darlene), Ann Wright and Ron Wright. A professional engineer, he will be remembered by all for his keen mind, mentorship, humour and wise counsel. Bob's passion for music, especially playing trombone, was a lifelong source of joy and cherished friendships. Bob will be buried in a private family ceremony.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the Cathedral Bluffs Symphony Orchestra ( or the Princess Margaret Hospital Foundation - Sarcoma Fund (