Late Vern Brown to be honoured
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.