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Steered his career to his dream job: not even cancer could take the wind out of Bernard Brown's sails.

DIED: Marketing executive and naval officer Bernard Brown, 63; of cancer, in Victoria, on April 26. He was born in Duncan, B.C., but raised in Vancouver where he attended the British Columbia Institute of Technology, graduating with a degree in marketing. He began his career in advertising with Scott Paper, followed by a brief stint with McKim Advertising. When the latter company was awarded the Tourism Victoria account, he moved to Victoria, developing major accounts for the tourism office, including Copeland Communications, Palmer Jarvis and the Malahat Group. While he was successful in his chosen profession, he always had a fondness for the navy, having joined the cadets when he was 12 years old and later re-enlisted in the naval reserves before he moved to Victoria, rising to lieutenant-commander. One of the driving forces behind the eminently successful 2005 Victoria Tall Ships Festival, Brown is one of two men credited with the founding of the festival, which attracted 30 traditionally rigged sailing ships from the U.S., Mexico, Russia, New Zealand and Canada. That same year, he also became president of the board of the Maritime Museum of B.C., where he was able to put his marketing skills to good use as the community relations officer for Maritime Forces Pacific. His wife Bev recalls how bittersweet it was for her husband to land his dream job on the same day that his cancer, diagnosed six years ago, was found to have returned. She said, however, that the cancer did not slow him down, and he continued with his work until three days before his death.


DIED: Former philanthropist and oilpatch veteran Francis E. (Fran) Lefaivre, 84; after a brief illness, in Calgary, on April 22. Born in Edmonton and raised in Calgary, he joined the Royal Bank out of high school. Two years later, in 1942, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy, serving overseas during the Second World War as a navigator with the fleet air arm, and retiring from service in 1947. He then joined Shell Oil as a crude analyst and liquefied petroleum gas trader, a career that spanned 26 years, during which time he was also involved in the family business of Rocky Mountain Importers. Following his retirement, he formed Lefaivre Resources, enabling him and his wife to travel to more than 65 countries, financing projects to bring food, shelter and medicines to areas devastated by famine and war. He also served on the boards of Carewest, Operation Eyesight Universal and the Leger Foundation.

DIED: One of the architects of the television news hour, Keith L. Bradbury, 66; of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (Lou Gehrig's disease), in Vancouver, on April 27. Born in Moose Jaw, Sask., he grew up in Winnipeg and Vancouver where he joined the Vancouver Sun as a copy boy, later becoming a reporter. He also attended the University of British Columbia, earning an arts degree in 1966, followed by a law degree three years later. But his first love being journalism, he joined BCTV as a feature reporter in 1972. In 1975 he was appointed assignment editor, and in 1989 became news director. His dogged determination to build a strong local news voice in British Columbia resulted in a program that set the news standard for all Canadian news organizations. He retired in 1998 as vice-president of news and news director.

DIED: Cancer immunologist and professor of pharmacy John Samuel, PhD, 53; of cancer, in Edmonton, on April 17. He was born in Karuvatta, Kerala, in southwest India, where he earned his graduate degrees in pharmaceutical sciences. He came to Canada in 1981, obtaining a master's degree in biochemistry from the University of Windsor, followed by a doctorate from the University of Alberta in 1985. He then joined the faculty of medicine at the U of A as a research associate, and from 2001 to the present, he was a professor of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences at the university. He recently received international recognition for designing a vaccine to fight breast and lung cancer.
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Title Annotation:THE RECORD
Author:Olivier, Victor
Publication:Western Standard
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Jun 4, 2007
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