In Loving Memory
Donald Benjamin ‘Don’ Brown

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Donald Benjamin ‘Don’ Brown
Tragically passed away surrounded
by his family on 16th February 2021.
Aged 60 years.
Loving husband of Katie for
40 wonderful years.

Father of Amy and Thomas.
Much loved grandfather of
Benjamin, Emily and Archie.

Son of Kathleen and Donald.
Big brother to Trudie, Sarah and Joy.

Do not be sad that I have gone,
be glad that I have been.

A Funeral Service for
Don will be held at
 David W Bull Pakenham Funeral Home
190 Princes Highway, Pakenham on
Thursday 25th February 2021
commencing at 1:30pm.
A private cremation will follow.

Please click on the link below to
the Chapel Service for Don which
is scheduled to commence at 1:30PM

on Thursday 25th February 2021.

Click HERE to view live stream of Don’s service

In Lieu of flowers
(Please select ICU for a donation in honor of Don)
Royal Melbourne Hospital ICU
would be appreciated. 

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  1. Cherished memories of a gentle giant, who had such a massive heart of gold.
    Gone way to soon, but will never be forgotten XxX
    Even though we’re miles apart, you are all in our thoughts & heart with much love xxx

    Yvonne & Mick
  2. Don I got to know you through your rego plate MKDONS as the man from Milton Keynes and I used to have a chat with Katie about my days in the UK when I used to drive all the way from Devon to butchers in Bletchley. You will be greatly missed. Katie you are in our hearts and thoughts and we all pray that your special memories of Don will sustain and provide you with comfort during this difficult. Please do accept my most sincere sympathies.

    Joseph Nemhara
  3. Our deepest condolences to all the family.
    He was one in a million and will always be remembered fondly. Tommy and Don had some great times working together and our hearts break. Taken too soon.
    Love Tommy and Eleanor

  4. I remember Donny as a very hearty character. Always said as it is, full of life and certainly lived a life. I remember Donny coming into Katie’s life as clear as yesterday a match made in heaven. I am proud that he will always be remembered with great fondness and love, I am proud that he was part of our family. Blessings. Xx

  5. Such a tragic loss. We remember Don with much affection and send our love to you all at this dreadfully sad time. We hope you are finding comfort among each other and your family and friends.

    Sophie, Ernie and Ben
  6. Words fail us all at times like this. Dearest Katie, I am so very sorry for this huge and senseless loss of your husband and best friend Don. Please accept mine and Louis condolences, we are thinking of you and your beautiful family. XX

    Julie Raunik
  7. No words seem adequate to explain the way we have lost you so suddenly and in such tragic circumstances. The Friday night before we were together on our zoom quiz, doing you pub crawl picture round…such fun. I am reviewing my wonderful, happy and cherished memories to get me through. We will do all we can for Kate and family. Love you always big brother. Trudie xxx

    Trudie Horne
    • Trudie, so hard to be apart at this time. Hope to be together soon to laugh and cry about Don, his antics and memories. You can have an Oyster Bay and I will have a cup of tea.
      Katie x

  8. You were my Uncle Don. Straightforward, thoughtful and enjoyed the simple things in life. Qualities that some may consider normal but you made them grand. I will miss you.
    Love Kendall

    Kendall Bannister
  9. Don, my heart is breaking, but through the tears I find myself laughing too. So many memories of simple things but sharing them with you made them special. I’ll walk round the Blue Lagoon, pick blackberries, watch All Creatures, dance a little, tease a lot and carry you with me in my heart. Thank you for all we shared. Lots of love from Sarah.

    Sarah Downs
  10. You certainly was a good inspiration . You definitely knew where you stood with you . I loved you so very much and I KNEW YOU LOVED ME even though it wasn’t said often and I had so much respect for you. You were a very good bro to me and would never have any harm done to me. You really passed on your love and attention on to your family. He was certainly a good hard working man always doing things to make others happy. I certainly have lots of happy memories to look back on. I will miss you very much. Your life has ended all too soon and look forward to seeing you again.

    Joy Burt
  11. PS to my last post I will always remember Don and my feelings go out to Katie , Amy and tom and their families. I love you all very much.

    All my love Don’s baby sister Joy xxxxxxxxxxxxx

    Joy Burt
  12. What a privilege it was to come into the family when I married Joy. My first contact with Don was when we went out and stayed with the family and made me so welcome. I will always remember his kind and generous disposition always doing things for the benefit of others.. When he came back to England I will never forget how he wanted to make sure he spent time with his family. Wonderful man with fantastic ego. He will never be forgotten and look forward to the future time we will have together. My heart goes out to Katie and the rest of the family and will do all I can to help them call to mind all the good times they have had together.
    All my love Paul Don’s Brother In Law

    Paul Burt
  13. To Katie, Amy, Thomas, Benjamin, Emily, Archie, Kathleen, Trudie, Sarah and Joy and all the rest of Don’s loving family and to all the others who have known and loved Don, our hearts are broken for you. Don touched so many of our lives that even though he is no longer around his impact will never leave us. Sleep peacefully, Don.
    All our love, Caryll Downs and Family

    Caryll Downs
  14. Dearest Katie, Amy, Tom and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad time. We’ve always admired the love and closeness you have shared as a couple and family. All our love, Angelene and Con

    Angelene and Con Shizas
  15. Know that you and your family are in our thoughts during this difficult time.
    Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

    Hock & Lili

    Hock-Siew Ong
  16. What a beautiful love story the two of you have written over the years…..I still remember you getting off the train @ Clayton on a Friday afternoon to get Don his fix of Indian food for the weekend (while you worked in the city). We will always be there to support you Katie. This is such a hard loss for you and your family. Please accept our deepest condolences.

    Nicola & Leander

    Leander Nigli
  17. Dear Katie, Amy, Tom, Benjamin and Archie,

    Please accept our sincere condolences on the sad and tragic passing of Don. Our thoughts are with all of you, particularly today.

    Love Vivienne, Fred and family XX

  18. Condolences to Don’s family, He will be missed by his family and friends and especially to those who knew him on and off the oche.

    Troy Jackson and Melissa Van Weeghel
  19. Sleep Tight Donny xx
    Thankyou for the specials memories you in bedded in me when such a girl visiting you all in Australia, they will never be forgotten and neither will you as you will live on in all our hearts ♥️
    All my love Georgia xx

    Uncle Mel & Auntie Bonnie were and always will me proud of you and will forever think of you and life you dearly, sleep tight Donny xx

    Georgia Jenkins-Wray
  20. Dear Katie and family,
    I’m so sad for your loss, but while Don is no longer with you, no one can take him or the memories your shared with him from you, he will be in your hearts always.
    Fond memories never fade, they remain with us forever.
    Heartfelt condolences
    Christine xxx

    Christine Lee
  21. Dear Katie, my condolences to you and your family for the tragic loss of your husband. My prayers and thoughts are with you xxx

    Gail Gantner
  22. There aren’t many people in life you can feel close to and think of often, when they live the other side of the world. I have always enjoyed your company Don and will think of you every day (you are in my wedding picture on my living room wall and my classroom desk too). An irreplaceable Uncle.

  23. Dear Katie and Family

    I am very sad to hear of the loss of your beloved husband Don,
    You are in my thoughts during this difficult time

    Olivia Carter

    Olivia Carter