Alan Brown

Alan Brown

Wednesday, January 20th, 1937 - Sunday, November 24th, 2019
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BROWN, Alan James Peter
Jan.20 1937- Nov. 24 2019
Al Brown, known as the "Town Barber" back in the day, peacefully passed away at Sunset Manor with his four loving children by his side.
Teresa (Jim), Peter, Julia, and Rose (Kam). He adored his two grandsons David (who looks just like Dad!) and Steven.
Al was born in Collingwood on January 20 1937. His parents Gladys and Russell (predeceased) and his sister Jean and brother Norman (both predeceased) grew up on a farm in the mountains. There were lots of stories about the hard winters and the miles of walking! Dad had a grade 10 education and went to barbering school in Owen Sound, where he later owned his first Barber Shop on Pine St. (Pine Villa Retirement Home) and his second on Ontario St. (Ace Cabs) for over 30 years. Every little boy got their hair cut by Al at least once!
And men would go in every 3 weeks whether they needed a cut or not just to listen to the many stories or dirty jokes! Al loved a good time and especially loved to dance! He danced right up until he went to Sunset and then danced with the staff! Christmas was Dads favourite time of year. He loved his family. He took us camping all over and even did a road trip out West and Disney in Florida. Then spent weekends at the cottage on Sturgeon for many years!
Dad was quite social. He loved to talk to people and wheeling and dealing was a lucrative side hobby. Al gave back by cutting hair on his days off (no charge) and played Santa Claus at Christmas for the residents at Sunset. So it seemed fitting that this was Dad's last place of residence! We would like to give a warm thank you to all the staff and volunteers for making Dads stay such a pleasant one.
Dad touched many lives with his warm hand shake, hugs and the twinkle in his eye. And I leave you with a quote that Dad would say when he found out how old he was, "If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself!"
Celebration of Life to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers donations to the Alzheimer Society would be appreciated.
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Carla Hanisch

Posted at 12:51am
Rose, Julia, Peter, Teresa and your families, I'm sorry for your loss. Your dad raised a good bunch of kids who turned into great adults, this alone speaks volumes about him. I didn't know Al well but of course, like most of the town, I knew him enough to know he was kind, friendly and fun and a very cool dad! I remember him as a happy man, always smiling. What good memories and example he leaves you with, although I know you will miss him dearly.

Dave Holroyd

Posted at 01:02pm
Will always have fond memories of my Barber. He was just a great person and I did make sure that my son got his first haircut from the best in town. Dave Holroyd

Greta Horton

Posted at 01:48pm
To the Brown Family : My sincere condolences to you all on the passing of your Dad. Al was certainly a jolly guy whose positive personality
spread to a lot of people whether in his barber shop or in Sunset Manor in later years. Ken was in the same unit for respite times and was
able to enjoy your Dad too. Cherish all the happy memories! love, Greta

Brenda Linton

Posted at 02:53pm
The Entire Brown Family & Extended Family,
So sorry to hear of such a profound loss, your father and head of the family!! May the many stories, jokes, memories shared by so many friends, family be of some comfort to you all. Each one of you will have treasured memories and times that are special to you alone. Your parents raised an incredibly family, and that is evident by the beautiful tribute written here. He will continue to live in your hearts and apart of who you are!!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of loss.

Brenda Linton & The Linton Family xo

Neil Mckay

Posted at 11:49am
Very sorry to hear of Al's passing, I was over to see him 2 weeks ago at the lodge in Collingwood, I have known Al for over 60 yrs..many fond memories.... My condolences to the family,. ...Neil McKay, Chatsworth, Ont....

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