Bob died peacefully, aged 78, after a short illness at Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, N.S., surrounded by family.
Born in Ottawa to Ottillie (Bullis) and Lewis Brown, Bob spent much of his life in Wolfville, where he attended Acadia University, and later settled. A loving father to Susan Ellen Brown (Kevin Yarr), Heather Kathryne Brown (Owen Willitt), and Derek Robert Brown (Adelle Marshall). Survived by their mother, Joan (Allan Brown) Hicks. Also surviving stepson and stepdaughter David and Adrienne Allen, and their mother Dianne. Bob was a proud and loving Grampy to William and Ellen Yarr.
Bob's love of film developed first while a student at Acadia, where he served as an usher for Al Whittle at the Acadia Theatre. After a career in menswear in Montreal, Bob returned to the Maritimes in 1971, where he resided in Dartmouth and later Wolfville. His life-long interests in art, travel and film inspired him to establish Light and Shadow Video in Wolfville in 1989, specializing in independent cinema. Known locally as "Video Bob," he remained involved in promoting local film festivals, taught a course on the History of Film, and in retirement could still be found volunteering at Cinematopia. Bob loved to share his culinary talents and passion for food, hosting gatherings of family and friends as well as community fundraising dinners featuring international menus.
Bob was pre-deceased by his parents, brother Gary, and is survived by brother Terry of Creighton, Saskatchewan and sister Kathi Martin of Brantford Ontario, nieces Michelle Martin, Laura-lee Brown, nephews Darren and Christopher Brown.
Bob's family wish to thank the medical staff at the Valley Regional Hospital, Kentville, for their compassionate care during Bob's illness.
A celebration of Bob's life will be held at the Wolfville Serenity Funeral Home on Monday June 19, 4-6 pm. Family and friends are invited to speak at the celebration and share their memories of Bob. Donations in Bob's memory may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association, the Canadian Red Cross, Acadia University, or a charity of your choice. Arrangements have been entrusted to Serenity Funeral Home, Wolfville Chapel, 568 Main Street Wolfville (902-542-4656).