LETTER: Councilor will be missedBob Browne’s Canadian friends will surely miss him, and his passion for Lake Superior. Just as in his own hometown, he expressed here his deep felt hope for the lake’s health as being compatible with people’s jobs and the economy.
Bob Browne’s Canadian friends will surely miss him, and his passion for Lake Superior. Just as in his own hometown, he expressed here his deep felt hope for the lake’s health as being compatible with people’s jobs and the economy. No one could quote the Lake’s Binational Forum motto with more heartfelt sincerity than Bob: “Water is life and the quality of water determines the quality of life.”
He loved to espouse that we are all citizens of Lake Superior in fostering that guiding principle.
Coming from the background of a skilled worker in heavy industry, he shared his message with big industry and citizen stakeholders alike. His visits took those words to Ontario’s Thunder Bay and Sault Ste. Marie and smaller shoreline communities in between. And oh, how he loved as well to share in the local fishermen’s lore.
His hard knock life’s beginnings were known to us, but none of us heard through Bob himself how many of the ways he was involved overall in making life better for others. Jan Conley made that known so warmly in her remembrance of Bob in the Superior Telegram on Aug. 2. We had learned by Bob’s example in championing some of these, never through self-serving words.
While he was experiencing more global achievements, he remained remarkably true to more humble beginnings. My wife and I were among the many who enjoyed visits with him in his kitchen and unpretentious home in his neighboring work environment of Superior, the city in which he served, and of which he was so proud. How comforting to his friends and colleagues that he witnessed Superior’s Bob Browne Day as declared on this July’s Lake Superior Day.
We will miss Bob’s friendship personally, his warm, loyal and gentle manner, as much as, and more than anything else.
Neebing, Ontario, Canada
Editor’s note: Glen Dale is a former member of the Lake Superior Binational Forum.