Obituary of Quentin Cecil Brown
It is with deep sadness that we announce that Quentin Cecil Brown, of Dartmouth Nova Scotia, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at Dartmouth General Hospital on October 27th, 2021. Quentin was 62 at the time of his passing.
Quentin was born in Montreal to Kingsley Lenin and Dorothy Evelyn Brown on May 3rd, 1959. He was the youngest of seven children, predeceased by his brother David Richard at infancy. He is survived by his wife of thirty six years, Shelly (Hazel), as well as his sons Jonathan (Nicole) and Coady, and his first grandson, Archie Quentin.
He is also survived by his father, Kingsley (Nancy), his mother, Dorothy Evelyn, as well as his siblings, Kingsley (Cathy), Patricia, Robert (Debbie), Heather, and Nancy (Ron), as well as his nieces Karen (Rob), Megan (Lucas), Lindsay (Graham), Jennifer (Stephen), Lauren (William) and David (Romney).
He will be dearly missed by his brother and sister in law, John and Kathy Hazel, niece Courtney (Ryan), and great nephew Calder, as well as the many friends and associates he made during his long career.
Quentin had a distinguished career encompassing over forty years in financial services, where he held a number of different roles which brought him across Atlantic Canada and beyond. Employed first by CIBC, he transitioned to HSBC where he served as the Manager of Investment Services in Halifax. He then held a position with Merrill Lynch HSBC where he served as the Assistant Vice President of Sales in Toronto. He then joined BMO Nesbitt Burns as an Investment Advisor in Halifax. He culminated his career by rising to the position of Regional Sales Manager of the Atlantic Provinces Division of BMO Investorline, a job he both enjoyed and excelled in.
Those in Quentin’s presence felt his warmth, confidence, and gentle nature; he was known by his clients, colleagues, and friends as a man of principle, honor, and integrity. Regardless of the company he kept, his presence inspired the best qualities in those around him, and always placed the needs of others above his own.
Quentin was a passionate automobile enthusiast, and had the preternatural ability to identify any antique car with nothing but a passing glance. He took immense pride in keeping his own vehicles utterly spotless, and the sheen of the ArmorAll on his dashboard and the gleam of the chrome on his rims could be seen approaching for miles.
Quentin was an avid gardener, and spent many hours with Shelly in the flower beds surrounding their home. Over the course of their time living in Cole Harbour, the grounds were transformed into an enchanting forest of Hydrangea trees, Japanese maples, and flowering shrubs.
Quentin was also a consummate home chef, able to prepare inspired dishes while requiring hardly more than a spur of inspiration. Never one to follow a recipe, Quentin always preferred to let his intuition and creativity guide his hand, and it was a rare occasion that anyone left his table feeling hungry. Quentin had no dietary restrictions with the sole exception that his birthday cakes have at least four layers, although more were always welcome.
Quentin’s affection for his beloved West Highland Terrier, Buster, was undoubtedly greater than his love of cars, food, or gardening. Buster was his best four-legged friend, and would wait patiently for Quentin to arrive home each evening to shower his ears in kisses. The two were absolutely inseparable until Buster’s passing in 2020, but true to Buster’s nature, we are confident that he likely waited for Quentin a little while longer to meet him once again.
Most importantly, Quentin was a loving husband, a passionate father, and a doting grandfather. His crowning achievement in life was the family he cultivated, and the love he shared with our family will form a lasting legacy which will ensure he will continue to shine brightly.
Our family would like to acknowledge the kindness, generosity, and compassion which was provided to Quentin under the care of the Doctors, Nurses, and LPN’s of both Four-East, and the ICU of Dartmouth General Hospital. We would also like to extend our heartfelt appreciation to Dr. Howard Conter, who was Quentin’s primary care physician for many years.
Cremation has already taken place under the care of TJ Tracey Burial and Cremation Specialists. A celebration of life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, Quentin’s family ask that donations be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.