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Friday November 2, 2012

Bruce Edward Brown, M.A, Ph.D, Maj (Ret.)
October 28, 1926-October 30, 2012

Wherever there was good red wine, good food, good conversation and Armagnac, Bruce liked to be. Food chemistry, food hygiene, standards for food safety and quality, strategies for quality assurance and quality control were all areas in which he excelled professionally. Bruce headed the Canadian delegation for the Food Hygiene Working Group of Codex Alimentarius as well as chairing the working group itself, which, under his direction worked to produce world-wide standards for food products that participating countries could convert to legislation. He worked on an international manual of can defects, and produced a textbook on food processing technology. After Bruce's retirement from Health Canada in 1993, he became a volunteer with Canadian Executive Services Overseas and willingly shared his knowledge to help with projects in various countries, including Thailand, Sri Lanka, Ecuador, Costa Rica, and Jamaica. He was an exceptional athlete, playing squash, tennis, racquetball, and golf. Bruce's favourite dogs were Springer Spaniels, and he had several - Princess Louise-Louise ('LuLu'), Beau, Bridie, and Bari, although Woodstock, a mutt, Tutti, a black cocker spaniel, and Boo-boo, also a black cocker, had places in his heart. He loved to walk the dogs and watch them run free. Over the past three years, Bruce had the pleasure of reconnecting with cousins in Toronto, old schoolmates from University of Toronto Schools, and long-standing friends in Toronto that he had not seen in some time. He also continued to stay in touch with his contemporaries in the 48th Highlanders of Canada in which he served for 22 years. Ties from the past became meaningful for him, and he enjoyed the re-established relationships. After a short illness, Bruce died suddenly of heart failure on October 30. He leaves his love of 37 years, Nadine Levin, his daughter Holley (son-in-law Peter Tough), and sons Scott and David. Many thanks to the doctors, nurses and other medical personnel of the Ottawa Hospital, Smith Road Campus, 5th floor northwest and northeast, including Margaret, Amra, Andrew, Brendan and Bindi, who tended to Bruce's needs during his recent illness, and to Amy Wong and her personnel at the Champlain Community Care Access Centre who organized Bruce's home care. At Bruce's request, there will be no funeral service or memorial. A contribution to the Ottawa Humane Society, Salvation Army or Ottawa Snowsuit Fund in Bruce's memory would be welcome.

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