On November 2, 2020, at the age of 53, Christopher Bruce Browne unexpectedly passed peacefully into the presence of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. While the family mourns his loss, he is rejoicing with the choirs in Heaven.
Beloved son of Harold and Carol Browne of Ottawa, the eldest of the four Browne brothers, David Browne and wife Michelle of Lantana, Texas, Bradley Browne and wife Angela of Windsor Junction, Nova Scotia, Douglas Browne and wife Carla of LaSalle, Ontario. Remembered fondly by his many nieces and nephews, Jonathan and Kirsten of Texas, Courtney, Dylan and Emma of Nova Scotia and Olivia, Ryan and Lauren of Ontario
Chris grew up in Ottawa, where he faithfully attended the Metropolitan Bible Church and served in Christian Service Brigade, earning the program’s highest honor as a Herald of Christ. After attending gifted programs in grade school and graduating from Lisgar Collegiate Institute, he attended the University of Waterloo, where he earned a Bachelor of Mathematics with joint degrees in Computer Science and Chartered Accounting. He later attended the University of Ottawa, where he earned a Masters degree in System Science. Chris was a published author with books on Linux and a frequent presenter at technical conferences on PostgreSQL.
Chris lived and worked in many places including Ottawa, Ontario, and Irving, Texas, and then finally settled in Scarborough, Ontario, where he worked as a database architect for Afilias Canada. Wherever Chris lived, he was always involved in his local church, where you could find him singing in the choir or playing his French horn. He was a brilliant mind and a prolific contributor to the open source community, and he enjoyed participating in many technical user groups and conferences.
Chris was close to his brothers, parents and extended family and regularly traveled with the family across North America, Europe, and as far away as India. He was a gentle-hearted and humble man who was always willing to help others. Chris loved God and his family and will be dearly missed.
In lieu of flowers, donations to Christian Service Brigade of Canada would be appreciated by the family.
Family and friends are invited to visit at Capital Funeral Home & Cemetery, 3700 Prince of Wales Drive, Ottawa on Wednesday, November 11 from 5:00 – 8:00pm. The Funeral Service will be held at The Metropolitan Bible Church, 2176 Prince of Wales Drive on Thursday, November 12 at 11:00am.
Please note attendance will be strictly limited to those making reservations through EventBrite. All pandemic protocols are being followed and respected; masks are required, social distancing is to be respected and maintained. We kindly ask that everyone refrain from physical expressions of sympathy such as hugs and shaking hands.
For those wishing to attend the visitation – please register via the link below; https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/mr-christopher-b-browne-visitation-at-capital-funeral-home-cemetery-tickets-128265043197
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For those not able to attend the Funeral Service and would like to view it, it will be livestreamed via the link below; https://youtu.be/hOgMwmFYJM4
I worked with Chris for two years and every single experience with him was a pleasant one, even when it was short conversations in the hall. But, I was lucky to have been on the same team as Chris this past year and there was no doubt he had a world of knowledge but what I loved most was that he was always, always willing to share it, never too busy to talk about anything! He was the first to suggest a name every time we had to name something as a team. He had some hilarious and insightful names!
On his slide for the 15 years work anniversary, Chris said, "coworkers both past and present are such tremendous treasures." I will always remember and treasure Chris because he taught me how to slow down in so many different ways without ever having to say a word. That lesson was one I needed and one I will take with me forever. Thanks, Chirs!
I loved his pens too!
I send Chris and his family all of my love!
Harold and Corol, We want to express our sincere condolences at the passing of your son Chris. It is not possible for us to stand in your place of grief and pain. Please know however that we stand beside you and mourn with you. I did not know him, at all, but from his life story expressed here can see that God used his skills mightily and with lasting purpose. He will not be forgotten in the community where he shared what he was given to use wisely and leaves great memories with his family too. Please know we are thinking of you in the days ahead.