In Memory of




Obituary for George Douglas Brown

BROWN: George Douglas. Born September 6, 1929. Died August 29, 2022.

George passed away peacefully surrounded by his children and, as he wished, on his beloved Glenrothes Farm where he was born almost 93 years ago. Partner in life for 65 years with his dearly loved wife Audrey who predeceased him in 2017. Loved and admired father to Nancy Brown Andison and husband Michael and to Douglas Brown and wife Yvonne. Adored grandfather to Julian (Emily) and Jordan (Annie) Brown and to Nicholas and Patrick Andison and great grandfather to George Ernest Brown. Cherished brother of Eunice Jewell and Lois McEachern and the late Norma Wright and Lorne Brown.

George attended school in Beaverton, Ontario where he and Audrey became high school sweethearts. He went on to attend Toronto Normal School, graduating as a teacher at 19 years of age and beginning his teaching career in a one-room school at Bagotville, where he agreed to also be the school janitor so he could earn extra money to marry Audrey. George and Audrey married in 1952 and moved to Pickering where George continued to teach school. He retired from teaching in 1984 after a 35-year career, having built lifelong friendships with both fellow teachers and former students.

In 1961, George purchased the family farm and embarked on building his prize-winning purebred Shorthorn herd over the next 60 years, winning top honours at local, regional, and national shows. Annually, the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was a highlight where Glenrothes cattle have excelled for 50 years. George sold cattle to Shorthorn breeders across Canada and internationally and he and Audrey built many special friendships through their cattle related activities, traveling in Canada, the USA and Scotland and hosting World Shorthorn Conference tours at Glenrothes Farm.

Always a community supporter, George volunteered throughout his life leading youth sports, activities, and clubs and as a board member or active participant in agricultural organizations, community life, and the church.

An exceptionally intelligent, well informed, kind, and friendly soul, George was a lifelong learner, a highly respected teacher, and well-regarded cattleman. He loved music, dancing, poetry, nature, science, sports, and time spent with family and friends.

Visitation: Monday September 5th, 1 pm to 4 pm and 7 pm to 9 pm, Beacan Presbyterian Church, Beaverton.

Service: Tuesday September 6th, 11 am, Beacan Presbyterian Church followed by interment at the Old Stone Church Cemetery, Beaverton.

Arrangements through Mangan Funeral Home, Beaverton (

In lieu of flowers, donations in George’s memory may be made to the Ontario 4-H Foundation or the Beaverton Thorah Eldon Historical Society (through or to a charity of your choice