Thomas Clive Brown passed away peacefully in his home on the afternoon of January 20th,
2021, after celebrating his 50th birthday this past June. He spent his final days surrounded
by loved ones, looking at photographs and reminiscing about days past.
Clive is survived by his sibling Susan and partner Greg, Wade Oliver (brother in-law), Natalie and
husband Kyle, Brenda and partner Jeromy, Alex and partner Cheryl, and Vanessa and husband
Jon, as well as his step-mother Bernadette Brown. He is predeceased by his parents Thomas
and Shirley (nee Dawson) Brown and his sister Wendy Oliver. He was the proud uncle to 8
nephews, 5 nieces and 5 great nieces. Clive is also survived by his long-time special friend Erin
Borne and her husband Robert.
Clive was an avid outdoorsman. He grew up hunting and fishing with his father, brother, uncles
and cousins and continued to enjoy these activities into his adult life. He was a proud and
dedicated member of the Rock Hill Hunt Club, as were many of his friends and family. Some
time ago, Clive designed plans for what he believed a new hunt camp should look like, once the
time came that the beloved but aging original structure could no longer service the camps’
needs. A few years ago, construction began on the replacement camp that Clive had planned.
Although he was no longer physically able to take part in the construction to the extent he
would have liked, he helped where he could and felt such great pride in “what the boys were
doin’”. Rock Hill was a sacred place to Clive; in some ways he felt more at home there than
Clive made a living in building construction where he completed projects ranging from small
renovations and decks, to major renovations and additions to homes and cottages, to new dock
construction and repairs. He was a talented carpenter and particularly enjoyed working in his
shop building custom furnishings including tables, cabinets and hutches, hope chests and tea
carts, to name a few. Many of his customers and family members are fortunate to have one of
these beautifully constructed pieces in their homes today.
Sadly, Clive suffered a lifetime of poor health beginning at age 12 with Type 1 diabetes which
ultimately led to numerous complications including visual disturbances, neurological deficits,
strokes, renal failure requiring dialysis and multiple transplant surgeries, and finally cancer.
Through it all, Clive fought each and every battle with unwavering strength and composure.
He was an inspiration and will forever be remembered for his bravery, his compassion for
others, for the twinkle in his eye and that mischievous impish grin.
He will forever be in our hearts….gone but never forgotten.
A celebration of life for all friends and family will be held at a later date.
If desired, please consider making a memorial donation to support Diabetes Canada (https://diabetes.ca/donate) or Toronto General & Western Hospital Foundation – Transplant Program (https://tgwhf.ca/programs/transplant/ )
“Grief, I’ve learned, is really just love. It’s all the love you want to give but cannot. All of that unspent love gathers in the corners of your eyes, the lump in your throat, and in the hollow part of your chest. Grief is just love with no place to go.”