BROWN; Verne Keith

A long-time resident of Mt. Lehman, BC, passed away in his playground, his back yard, doing what he loved on October 10, 2016 at the age of 67. Verne was born on September 26, 1949 in St. Boniface, Manitoba to Peter and Margaret Brown. His siblings are Sharon Turk, Diane Schellenberg and Rick Brown. He married Judy on September 1, 1972. At 19 years old he started working for Litz Crane, Manitoba; from 1970 – 1989 he was with Super Crane/GWIL, BC; after which he started his own company, Eagle Crane, in 1989. In the spring of 2015 he semi-retired. Verne and Judy raised their children Trevor (Kristin), Kyle (Ellie), and Melissa (Aaron) in Mt. Lehman for the last 30 years. His joys were spending time with his 10 grandkids, biking, golfing, swimming, reading, playing in his ravine, watching sports, and travelling the world with his wife. Verne’s passion was to share God’s love by reflecting his Saviour, Jesus Christ. He worshiped at Grace Evangelical Bible Church since 1978 where he served as an elder. He had a heart for missions and was hands on with encouraging, supporting, and connecting with missionaries and projects around the world. There was a memorial service for Verne at Grace Church, 2087 McMillan Road on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. He was laid to rest at Mt. Lehman Cemetery in Abbotsford. In lieu of flowers, the family would like to give you the option of making a tax-deductible donation to their charitable foundation, the I.C.E. Foundation (In Christ Enjoy), which will continue to support the causes nearest and dearest to Verne and Judy’s hearts. To do so, please make your cheque payable to the I.C.E. Foundation and mail or drop off at Raymond James Ltd., #200 – 2881 Garden Street, Abbotsford, BC V2T 4X1.

“The joy of the Lord is my strength” Nehemiah 8:10

Online condolences to the family may be made at

Woodlawn Funeral Home – 604-853-2643

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