It is with deep sadness that the
family of Norm Brown announce his passing on March 17 at the Comfort Living for Seniors residence. Norm was proud to have lived all his life in Vernon. He was born here in 1917 after his parents emigrated from Japan. His early years were spent farming on Bella Vista, but it was his deep love of music, especially jazz, that molded his life. He entertained Vernon and the North Okanagan for over 50 years with his beautiful music. Norm’s love of cars and interaction with people—didn’t he love to chat!—led him to a successful career at Sigalet Brothers Automotive. He was a member of the Vernon Yacht Club for years and loved nothing better than being out on Okanagan Lake in his boat. Norm was a charter member of the Vernon Kiwanis Club and he also belonged to the Canadian Legion. Gardening and puttering in his yard were a passion. Most of all, Norm was devoted to his family. He leaves to mourn his beloved wife of 58 years, Frances, three children, Brenda (Jim) Fulbrook, Randy (Debby), and Graydon (Joan), grandchildren Steven and Nikki Fulbrook, Kevin, Laura, and Trevor Brown, and Neil and Heather Brown, sister Eileen Kawaguchi, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son James Leland in 1951, his parents Moichi and Shizuno, brother Siggie, nephews Normie, Mickie and Doug Ogasawara. A celebration of Norm’s life will be held at Trinity United Church 3300 Alexis Park Drive on Saturday March 26 at 1:30 p.m. with a reception following at the Schubert Center. In lieu of flowers, donations in Norm’s name to the N.O.N.A “Treehouse” building project 2801A 34th Street, will be gratefully accepted. Funeral arrangement in care of Vernon Funeral Home.