Council honors Browne's workA single rose in a vase marked the place where Superior City Councilor Bob Browne used to sit.
By: Shelley Nelson, Superior Telegram
A single rose in a vase marked the place where Superior City Councilor Bob Browne used to sit.
And Tuesday night, the Common Council paid tribute the North End city councilor — “everyone’s best friend” — who died Aug. 1, a few months into his third term on the council. Browne served one of those terms in the 1990s, in addition to representing the neighborhood for nearly two decades on the Douglas County Board.
Mayor Bruce Hagen said Browne’s contributions and friendships extended well beyond this community to the world.
Hagen recalled the effort Browne made to be at this year’s Lake Superior Day, an annual event he founded to honor the greatest of the Great Lakes.
Browne, a member of the Lake Superior Binational Forum, was recognized for a lifetime of Lake Superior stewardship at the July 27 event.
“We got there and Bob was there in the medical van,” Hagen said. “He was close enough to hear the speakers and he had a reception line for 2½ hours in his condition ... he cared more about you than himself. He cared more about what was going on in the community and he had a little laughter for himself, even though it was very difficult for him.”
Hagen presented a plaque honoring Browne’s efforts to leave the planet a better and more sustainable future for generations to come.
“We’ve lost a good friend,” said Council President Warren Bender.
“It’s extremely difficult for me to sit up here,” said Councilor Mick MacKenzie, who has sat beside Browne for more than two years during regular council meetings. “Bob Browne is a wonderful person. It’s going to be difficult as time goes on knowing he’s not coming back. Many of us certainly lost a great friend. For me, Superior lost a great man who gave back much more than he ever took from it. He made a positive difference in so many lives, including mine.”
Superior lost a citizen, a family man, and the council a comrade, said Councilor Mike Herrick, who first met Browne when Browne rejoined the council in 2011.
“His character and laughter was his strong point,” Herrick said. “He made you feel comfortable every time you talked with him.”