Carmen Brown

Obituary of Carmen Ernest Brown


Carmen passed away at Etobicoke General Hospital in Toronto on May 8, after many years of struggling with both Alzheimer’s and Lewy Body Dementia.


Born in Melfort, Saskatchewan to the late Ernest & Phoebe Brown, he was predeceased by half-brother, Harold Williams and sister, Grace Hamblin.


He is survived by his loving wife, Janice; sons, Kirk (Donna) and Kevin (Keira); and granddaughters, Dayna and Gillian.


Carmen began working with the Royal Bank of Canada in Norwood, Ontario and his career spanned over 35 years. One of the things he loved about his job was that he was constantly on the move. Fortunately, he loved change and new adventures as he was transferred over a dozen times, including Iqaluit (formerly Frobisher Bay), Niagara-on-the-Lake, Chatham, Sudbury and, finally, Toronto, where he retired. He made many life-long friends along the way; unfortunately his illness made it hard to continue to connect with them in later years.


Although Carmen's work kept him in urban settings, he considered himself a “cabin in the woods” kind of guy. Outside was where he wanted to be. He was happiest camping in national parks with family, spending weekends on Round Lake at his sister's cottage, going on weekend fishing trips with the “guys,” and golfing with his “buddies” (the 19th hole was very popular!!!).  


He loved winter in his younger years, as that meant lots of downhill and cross-country skiing. His love of gardening was focused only on tomatoes, and when he had a good season, the family ate tomatoes in every form and recipe possible. 


After retiring from RBC, he needed something to fill his days. He loved driving, so he found the perfect fit as a volunteer driver for the Children's Aid Society of Toronto, which he did for over 6 years.


In honour of his wishes there will be no visitation or funeral service.


If you wish to make a donation to the Alzheimer Society, you can do so directly to the charity at, or on the funeral home website, where condolences may also be left.