July 3, 1961 –
December 7, 2006
Corey Brown is no longer with us. Taken from us in the prime of his life, Corey will be sorely missed by his family, his colleagues and friends. All of our lives have been made richer by having had the privilege of meeting and getting to know Corey Brown and to spend time with him.
Corey was one of these guys who instantly made everyone feel better when he entered the room- be it someone’s home, the office or a cabin in Kyuquot. The list of Corey’s friends is a mile long, and the only disagreement one could get into with Corey would be over what fishing gear to use on the annual trips to the West Coast. Seldom one to ask for help, Corey would be the first one to offer assistance to anybody anywhere when it was needed.
Born and raised in Fort McLeod Alberta, Corey received his education in Marine Sciences from the University of Victoria and moved to Campbell River in 1986.
A professional biologist working in a challenging environment, Corey was always striving for perfection and total compliance with regulatory regimes. He was the conscience of the company he worked for- be it Nor Am Aquaculture or Pan Fish Canada. He was his worst – and only – critic and he could never understand the praise and compliments sent his way by coworkers and bosses.
Corey was one of those talented people that could pick up a new computer program and figure it out without going to school, and at the same time he was also an excellent teacher and mentor. Many of the best managers and workers in the industry went to the Corey Brown School of Fish Farming.
In his spare time Corey was pursuing other activities to perfection, like woodworking and bicycle construction. His competitiveness really came to light during those fishing trips, and Corey was never happy with the second biggest one. He could also ream off the Latin names when weird critters came up from the deep.
We will all have fond memories of Corey and the times we spent with him, and we will all appreciate our other friends and family members a bit more from now on, knowing that sadly, nothing is forever.
Corey is survived by his wife Shannan, parents George and Mary Lou Brown, brothers Mitch (Cindy), Geordie (Lee), Norman, Harley (Cindy), father-in-law Jim Cowling, brother and sister in laws Peter (Selena), Bill (Connie), Shirley (Dwayne), nieces & nephews Lindsay (Brendan), Tyler, Macauley, Tess, Randy, Jaime, Megan, Rachel, Amie, Andrew, Connor, Kyle and great nephew Zachary.
A celebration of the life of Corey Brown and the richness he brought to our own lives will be held at the Campbell River Community Centre on Thursday, December 14 at 1:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to the Corey Brown Memorial Scholarship Fund C/O Coastal Community Credit Union, Discovery Harbour Community Branch, 1384 Island Highway, Campbell River, BC V9W 8C9