Brown, John Arthur – Age 88 of Elderbank. It is with sadness that we announce the passing of John Arthur Brown on April 29, 2019 in Colchester East Hants Health Centre, Truro. Born in Kempt Shore, he was a son of the late Walter Edmond Brown and Sarah Jane Shay.
John had an early successful career in the insurance field with Standard Life prior to establishing Uncle John’s Trading Post, a well-known sporting goods store and gathering place in Musquodoboit Harbour, which operated from 1963 to 1974. Known to many as simply “Uncle John”, his shop catered to the many sport fishermen and hunters attracted to Nova Scotia’s Eastern Shore. Over time this evolved to include the tourism trade as well. Later in life, he established the John B Agency as a manufacturers’ agent, representing numerous product lines in Atlantic Canada for over 30 years.
John accumulated a wide circle of friends and acquaintances from many years of business travel and had a deep well of generosity for others. Known to be hard working, fiercely independent and outspoken, he was a sharp dresser and a great storyteller. John had a lifelong interest in history and things “Nova Scotian”. He took an active role in politics beginning in the Stanfield era, later serving as President of the Eastern Shore P.C. Association, as well as managing several election campaigns at both the provincial and federal levels.
John is survived by sons, Glen (Carol Withrow), Bible Hill; Greg, Dartmouth; daughters, Linda Brown, Castle Rock, Colorado; Diane Green (Sid), Mount Uniacke; Barbara Brown Conrod (Scott), Port Williams; and Beverley Brown-Sweeting (Ian), Dartmouth; 14 grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by older brother, Walter “Buster” Brown (Prospect, NS).
Cremation has taken place. A service will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to Heart and Stroke Foundation of Nova Scotia.
Arrangements are under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit.
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