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Roderick Evan Brown, Q.C.


Sarnia lawyer and community leader, Roderick Evan Brown, passed peacefully on December 31, 2021, in Palliative Care, Bluewater Health.
He was pre-deceased by parents Roy Alexander Brown and (Lillian) Marcella (Robinson) Brown; chosen son, Dean Paul Anderson and dear niece, Christina Brown.
Rod is survived by: his treasured sons, Roderick Alexander Brown (Sarnia/Toronto) and Justin Robinson Brown (Toronto); his sister, Carol (Brown) Bongard (Toronto); brother, Dr. Stephen Brown/Lena (Sanibel Island, Florida); niece, Toby Bongard and nephews, Dr. Josh Bongard, Stephen Brown and Matthew Brown. He is lovingly remembered by Rod and Justin’s mother, Anne M. Brown, and long-time companion, Janet Leonard.
Born in Sarnia on July 13th, 1935, Rod graduated from S.C.I.T.S. and attended The University of Western Ontario, where he earned an Honours Bachelor of Business Administration degree. He tried his hand at several occupations, which ranged from selling soap out West to directing programs at the Sarnia YMCA – but feeling he had not yet found his niche, resumed his studies at Western, graduating with a Juris Doctorate. Rod soon returned to his beloved Sarnia to practice Law (1970), and subsequently, was honoured to be awarded the designation of Queen’s Counsel (1982). In later years he also served as a Deputy Justice, largely in the Chatham area.
Rod believed it was better to “commit and contribute” than to complain, and resultingly gave freely to his community. A partial list of his involvements include: Past-President of the Rotary Club of Sarnia (a Paul Harris Fellow); Past-President of the Sarnia Golf & Curling Club (an avid curler, in high-school he was a member of the SCITS Ontario Championship Team - and he remained an excellent golfer up until a few years ago); Past-President of the Lambton Law Society; Past-President of the Lambton Liberal Association; Past-President of the Sarnia YMCA; Past-Member of the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce; Past-Member of the Board of the Sarnia & District Children’s Treatment Centre (now Pathways); Trustee of Central United Church (he sang in the Choir for many years); and other affiliations too numerous to note.
Following in the footsteps of his community-minded mother, Marcella, Rod also served as an elected City/County Councillor, sitting on several Committees.
Rod had a grand affinity for the Stage – both as a thespian and as a singer. All through high school he was a regular in the historic SCITS Revue, and later appeared in University of Western Ontario productions. He enjoyed being part of many presentations by: the Lambton Law Association; Theatre Sarnia; the Nightengale Chorus; Polysar Glee Club; and was especially pleased to have been a member of the cast for several Huron Country Playhouse performances.
In his younger years Rod loved the freedom and relaxation of sailing on the glorious blue waters of Lake Huron – often racing on Sunday afternoons with old friends like Terry Taylor and Peter Link. Winning really wasn’t the holy grail - but sometimes with a cold beer in one hand, tiller in the other, and a prayer for a gust of wind to get them over the finish line – they did!
Rod, you worked hard, played fairly, abided by the Golden Rule and always tried to do the right thing. Rest now with the Angels – you have earned your place in Paradise.
Memorial donations would be welcomed by Huron House Boy’s Home at Huron House Boys Home (hhbh.ca) The Inn of the Good Shepherd at https://www.theinnsarnia.ca or a Charity of your choice - in honor of a humble life, lived in service to others.
Private arrangements have been entrusted to the D. J. Robb Funeral Home & Cremation Centre, 102 N. Victoria St, Sarnia, ON, N7T 5W9. There will be no service at this time due to the heightened pandemic. Memories, photographs or messages of condolence may be shared through www.djrobb.on.ca

“A sincere thank you from the family to all those at Bluewater Health who demonstrated kindness and compassion during these last difficult days”

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I will always remember that Rod was very helpful to me as I
started at work right across the hall from his office. May he rest in peace. Joe Donohue

Joe Donohue Jan 8 2022 9:49 AM

My condolences to Rodney and family!Your dad was a very special and kind person!He will be missed!Sending you all of our love the Treulieb family!

Colleen Treulieb Jan 7 2022 11:37 PM

A wonderful man, amazing Father to your boys,and always had an open sore for their friends. A kind soul and all round great human being. May he Rest In Peace.

Randi Davidson Jan 6 2022 7:04 PM

Rod was truly a lovely fellow and deeply committed to our community, to his faith and to helping everyone he could. He will be missed.

Deanna Gibson Jan 6 2022 10:40 AM

Dear Rod...You were very special to me and a ,life ,long friend. I have many memories of good times and life events since grade1 days. I send comfort and caring to your family. I remember a young boy with curly hair. who turned somersaults for me and d my friends on our way to school in Grade 2 You were there in every stage and age of my life. and I valued you later as my .lawyer. The days on North Russell Street are ,long gone but remembered. You did so much for others and the communiity..You sang and acted in many productions and an d I remember your talent .Rod was a valued friend .I left Sarnia but always visited Rod when I could.My son and some others told me about Rod leaving us all on New Year's Eve.. I am sad but treasure him. and always visited him when I visited Sarnia.. He was so good to me and to many. In later years he gave me much support and counsel. .and we had good chats, There are many memories and I value them. I bless him and knowing him and thank him .Thank you Rod for being such a treasure inmy life..You will be so missed but so remembered..from your old friend Nancy Roberts O.'Connor.

Nancy Roberts O'Connor Jan 5 2022 3:54 PM

A kind and gentle soul who always held his door open to Roddy's friends, despite our shenanigans as teens. My condolences to the family, Roddy and Janet.

Rhiannon Mestancik (Clift) Jan 5 2022 2:19 PM

I'm so sad to hear of Rod's passing. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family. I knew Rod throughout my real estate career, which began in 1989. He was always genuine, thorough, and a true gentleman. A very kind person!

Ross Mulholland Jan 5 2022 1:57 PM

Rod was a great resource to people entering politics at the municipal level and his door was always open to discussion about better ways and means of 'bettering' municipal service delivery at the City and County levels.

My fondest memories however rest around our time together - Rod, Janet, myself and many other community leaders - dancing as part of the 'party scene' in the Nutcracker Ballet - a Christmas production of the Shirley Schram Scool of Dance. So much fun was had by all of us!

You'll be missed Rod, but your time here on earth enriched the lives of all who walked, danced or got into a good old 'yack' about municipal politics. RIP. - Bev MacDougall

Bev MacDougall Jan 5 2022 11:58 AM

I was so saddened to hear of Rod's passing. I always remember him as a kind and gentle person. May he rest in peace.

Christian Dempsey Jan 5 2022 11:47 AM

Our deepest sympathy. We always enjoyed talking with Rod and he was always there for us no matter how inconvenient the timing. Terry appreciated his friendship and political insights. We will miss him.
The Burrell Family

The Burrell Family Jan 5 2022 10:48 AM

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