Late Vern Brown to be hon­oured

Moose Jaw Times Herald - - CITY -

Vern Brown will be the fea­tured re­cip­i­ent dur­ing Thurs­day ’s Moose Jaw Hon­ours Awards ban­quet hosted at Tem­ple Gar­dens.

Brown was a man of many tal­ents and pas­sions in his suc­cess­ful and busy life. The 2016 re­cip­i­ent is some­one who will be well known to the peo­ple of Moose Jaw. Vern Brown was an auc­tion­eer, busi­ness owner, vol­un­teer, fundraiser, or­ga­nizer, prop­erty de­vel­oper and mem­ber of a num­ber of ser­vice clubs.

He passed away at Prov­i­dence Place in March 2014. He and his wife Joan had been mar­ried 66 years and share four chil­dren, five grand­chil­dren and one great grand­child.

As the 1972 Ci­ti­zen of the Year in Moose Jaw, Brown and his wife were in­vited to meet and have din­ner with Queen El­iz­a­beth II dur­ing her 1978 visit to Canada.

He was in­stru­men­tal in es­tab­lish­ing John Chisholm School. He put a lot of money, ef­fort, and fo­cus into the school de­signed for hand­i­capped chil­dren. That was one ex­am­ple of Brown’s pas­sion for char­i­ta­ble work. He was a long­time mem­ber of the Lions Club, the Elks Club, and the Army and Navy Vets.

Brown gave mon­e­tary sup­port to sev­eral projects, in­clud­ing the ex­pan­sion of the Union Hos­pi­tal. Upon his pass­ing, Brown do­nated more than $35,000 to the new Dr. F.H. Wig­more Re­gional Hos­pi­tal. He was heav­ily in­volved with Ducks Un­lim­ited and the World Wildlife Fed­er­a­tion. He was the auc­tion­eer for their din­ner and auc­tion held in Regina - which was at­tended by Prince Philip - in 1987.

It’s no se­cret that Brown was an avid sports­man and hunter.

Com­ing from an auc­tion­eer­ing fam­ily where his dad and two brothers were all auc­tion­eers, Brown was prob­a­bly best known for that pro­fes­sion. He set up the first live cat­tle auc­tion in Saskatchewan at the Moose Jaw Stock­yards, a busi­ness he con­tin­ued for the next 15 years. Dur­ing this time he set up his own auc­tion busi­ness where his Satur­day af­ter­noon auc­tions be­came a reg­u­lar event for many years. He also op­er­ated a suc­cess­ful farm auc­tion busi­ness which took him to all ar­eas of the coun­try. Brown served as pres­i­dent of the Auc­tion­eers As­so­ci­a­tion and was in­stru­men­tal in form­ing the Auc­tion­eers Hall of Fame in North Bat­tle­ford. In 1996, Brown was in­ducted into this Hall of Fame.

The Moose Jaw Hon­ours Award was con­ceived in Novem­ber 2000.

This year’s in­duc­tion will be eld on Thurs­day at 6 p.m. The ban­quet will be held at the Tem­ple Gar­dens Min­eral Spa.

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