Brian Leonard Brown

December 31st, 2020

It is with a heavy heart we announce the tragic passing of Brian Leonard Brown on December 31st, 2020. Brian will be deeply missed by his loving wife Penny Brown, daughters Shira (Dean) and Jordan. His stepsons Micheal (Amanda) of Kamloops, Richard (Heather) of 100 Mile House, Steven (Katrina) of Salmon Arm. And his grandchildren Christian, Logann, Payton, Jaidyn, Kaydence, Tobias and Branton. He also leaves behind his brothers Steve (Sharon) of Langley, BC, Brent of High River, AB. And his nephew Dave Brown (Laurie) of Calgary, AB. Brian follows his deceased family members, Parents Len and Pat Brown, brother Craig and sister Caldeen.

Brian was born in Princeton, BC. Due to his fathers’ career with the RCMP, his family was also stationed in Merritt and Falkland. Finally moving to Kamloops when Brian was the age of 10. Growing up in Brocklehurst, Brian graduated from Norkam Secondary. During his early 20’s, he was in the Armed Forces for 3 years, training as an Airframe Technician and then going to Cariboo College, achieving 1st year Welding. This led to various gainful employment throughout BC and NWT, eventually leading him back to Kamloops. Many Kamloopians will remember Brian’s kindness, gentle nature, special sense of humour and deep empathy during his 19 years as a driver for the HandiDart.

It was during the early years as a HandiDart driver where he met his beloved “Brown Eyed Girl” Penny Lynn, who later became his wife. It goes without saying, one of his greatest attributes was stepping up to be an awesome stepdad to Penny’s 3 sons. He was immensely proud of them and their successes into adulthood. In the years that followed, Brian and Penny together, welcomed their daughter Shira Denae, who completed their family. He had an individual special bond with each of his children. Shira, being the only daughter was and always will be daddy’s girl. In 2007, following the passing of his brother Craig, he and Penny took on the role of raising Craig’s granddaughter Jordan. The years following where kept busy raising his family and working for HandiDart, but Brian longed for something more. He returned to Post Secondary Education, achieving his Finishing Carpenters Certificate. This career choice took him in many different directions, fulling his passion for woodwork. During these years he continued to enjoy the growth of his family, welcoming 7 grandchildren, which led to his true calling and passion, working with Special Needs Children and Youth at Risk. This path led to the further expansion of his family, welcoming Brian’s special little buddy, Seth, who Seth fondly referred to as Papa.

Throughout Brian’s life, with all his experiences and career choices, trying to find a calm, internal peace, Brian continued to combat Mental Health and Substance Abuse. Although he tried many times successfully to battle his demons, through multiple Recovery, Treatment and Support programs, the internal war continued. Even though this took a toll on his life, loved ones, family, trying desperately to fight, in the end he lost the battle.

Brian’s family and loved ones will deeply miss his sick sense of humour (LOL), his papa bear demeanour, and his unique style of communication. He had a way of making those around him feel loved, at ease and that they mattered. 

Don’t hate the addict,
hate the disease
Don’t hate the person,
Hate the behaviour
If it’s hard to watch it,
imagine how hard
It must be to live it.

Due to Covid, a Celebration of Life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers if so desired, donations to the Phoenix Center or RMH project Kamloops would be appreciated.

Messages:

While I never met Brian he sounds like he was an amazing son, sibling, husband, father and friend. This is the first time I have ever written a condolence to the family of someone I had zero connection to. But after reading his obituary I felt I had to comment. Your words are so powerful in how they describe Brian’s struggle and his eventual succumbing to mental illness. Speaking openly about addictions, mental illness and suicide is so hard but by not cloaking these subjects under a veil of secrecy, hopefully others will be encouraged to open up about the struggles they or someone they know endure. I lost my 47 year old brother in law to mental health issues and suicide late this past summer. He was tortured soul loved by so many. His pain is no longer, but our endures. ♥️ Sincere condolences from someone who understands if just a little, what you are going through.

So sorry to hear of Brian's passing Penny. I worked with Brian at Handy-dart. He truly was a gentle soul. He will be missed.

Please accept my most sincere and deepest condolences on the passing of Brian. He was such a sweet man. I know he will be missed. May the memories you have keep you moving forward.

Dear Penny & family, I am so deeply saddened and sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Although it has been years since I have seen Brian, I have always thought of him fondly. His kind and gentle ways (particularly with the vulnerable), thoughtfulness, witty sense of humour and being quick to smile were Brian’s long standing trademarks. Even though he had his struggles he still managed to touch people’s lives in a positive manner and made the world a better place. Please accept my condolences. Marg Brown

My condolences to the family ..we had a lot of laughs at Ned Kellys

Hello Penny, My heart goes out to you. Sending sincere condolence. Brian was a good friend with Brad and to me after I met Brad. Brian was caring, kind and there for everyone. He will be deeply missed. Gail

Although it has been many, many years since I worked with Brian, the positive impression never faded. He was one of the kindest human beings that I have had the pleasure of knowing. I knew of his struggles, but his personality always shone through, and I am saddened by the news. All the best to you and your family, Penny.

I was sad to hear if Brian's Passing. Thoughts and prayers go out to Penny and Family. Brian was a humorous, outgoing man . Always friendly and a joy to talk to. He will be missed . Condolences from the Jewell Family. RIP Dave Jewell Kamloops, BC

My condolences to your Family, so sorry for your loss! I worked with Brian for 14 years as a Driver as well. He had a great sense of humour and had many laughs and jokes with him! I am so happy I met him in the elevator at my apartment just recently, it was to be, as again he made some funny comments! Rest In Peace Brian!!

My heart breaks for Penny, Shira and all of Brian's family and friends. I wish I had known Brian better as he was family seeing as he was my daughter's father in law. I remember him as a very kind, caring, loving, gentle man. You will be missed by all who knew you. May you rest in peace Brian. Your demons are now behind you my friend.

Penny, So sorry to hear of Brian's passing. My condolences to you and your family. Shawna (Scoopz Ice Cream)

I always thought of Brian as a kind, gentle man. I wish I could have had more time to get to know him. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Shira and Penny, our family was so saddened when we heard the news. Preston always feels loved and welcome in your home, due in part to Brian, of whom she has always been very fond. Hugs to you both. Thinking of you and your family. Take good care.

I grew up with Brian and Penny's daughter, Shira. They always treated me like part of the family. If it had been a while since I'd seen them, Brian would greet me saying "There's my other daughter!" I always felt safe and welcome in their home; I was even given a key to come and go as I pleased. Brian was one of the warmest, kindest, people I've ever known. He always had something nice to say and was wonderful at making you feel good about yourself. Shira had a turtle, Agnes, that she shared with me, as I'd always wanted a turtle of my own. Brian was always there to help us with upgrading the tank, make adjustments to the lid, help with the heavy lifting, and anything else we needed. When I moved to the coast and took the turtle with me, he would check in on him every time I visited. As I write this I am sitting here watching Agnes swim around his tank. He's doing great Brian, getting bigger still. It was a huge shock to hear of Brian's passing. He was such kind soul and he's left this earth way too soon. You will be missed more than you ever know. Love you Brian. ♡

❤️may u rest now ! Love You B Dog ! We will meet again.

My deepest condolences to Penny and family. Keeping the family in prayer. I am so sorry for your loss. I didn't know Brian long, just met him a few times but his kindness made a difference. He had a way of making you feel comfortable!

We were so shocked and saddened to hear the news about Brian. Penny, you and all your family brought so much love, compassion, understanding, and purpose to Brian’s life. You are in our hearts. ❤️

As one of Seth’s friends, I know how much he will miss his Papa. Seth always spoke fondly of Brian and the adventures they would go on together. My heart breaks for Brian’s family and friends, he’ll be truly missed.

Love you Daddio. Sleep well Old Man :'(

You are dearly missed friend❤ praying for peace for your family and sending love.

Growing up with Mike, I was constantly at the house and remember Brian and Penny to be some of the most welcoming people to be around. Brian was very inviting and always asked how I was doing. I remember his soft spoken nature and general kindness. You don’t appreciate these things as much when you’re a teenager but looking back, it’s something I can say I really appreciated. Rest easy Brian.

You will be greatly missed my true friend and thank you for all the help that you have given me and I can call you a true friend and I only have what I have today because of you I will miss are coffee time and are drives and are talks about are kids and most of all my friend I will miss the true friendship that we built i know you will always be in my heart and when I need help all I have to do is look up in the sky and ask for your help and you will put the right person in my path or you will send me the mesage I truly will miss you my friend I send your family a big hug and wish them well Love always your friend Andrew

My sincere condolences to you and all of your family Penny. When I knew Brian from his early years and he had a lovely sense of humor and kindness. May you hold close all your good memories to help at this time.

Brian had a huge emotional heart that he shared freely. I had the pleasure of getting to him well while we were at Freedoms Door in Kelowna. He was one of the first I asked to move into a Sober Living house i was given to manage. His main goal was to be with his family again. He accomplished this, and moved back to Kamloops, unfortunately the Disease of addiction coupled with his mental health challenges won. He will be missed by a great number of people who are fighting the same fight. I think of him daily and he will have a place in my heart. I believe he is safe with Jesus now, i will see you when i pass from this life and join you in Heaven.

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