Basil Stanley Brownless

1925-2002

Journalist, Musician, Teacher, Author, and Historian



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Margaret, Roland, Philip and Basil, 1927
David was born in 1927
(My son André looks so much like my Uncle Roland in this photo)


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Basil Brownless at Christ's Hospital
1936–1943 (Ma A)
Christ's Hospital Association



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Basil Brownless, Exeter, 1954



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Wedding Day, 17th July 1954

(Newspaper cutting from 1994, put in by my sister Ruth):
"Basil and Mary Brownless, were married 40 years ago on July 17th at Winsham Parish Church, Somerset, England..."



The Bulletin And The Progress Enterprise

Bridgewater, N. S., Wednesday, January 1, 2003


Basil S. Brownless, 77, of Lunenburg, died Saturday, December 21, 2002 in the Fishermen's Memorial Hospital, Lunenburg. Born in Bristol, England in 1925, the son of an Anglican minister. He was educated at Christ's Hospital - the famous Bluecoat School. He went straight from school into the Royal Navy, serving in the D-Day Invasion and also in South-East Asia. He was a legion member for many years. For 20 years, he was a journalist. He edited two weekly newspapers and worked on various British newspapers including the Oxford Mail. He then studied at Hereford Teacher's College. In 1970, he emigrated to Nova Scotia with his wife Mary, and two children, Edmund and Ruth. Continuing his studies at Acadia University, he taught English at West King's District High School, and later music to hundreds of children at various elementry schools in the Annapolis Valley and the South Shore, over a period of nearly 20 years, staging a number of large musical productions. He wrote songs and verses, and composed a number of part-songs. He was organist and choir director at various churches, including Berwick Baptist Church, St Mary's, Auburn, and St Stephen's, Chester, where he was instrumental in the installation of the classical pipe organ in 1981. Retiring to Lunenburg, he was responsible for the restoration of Solomon House, and also the historic mural in the old courthouse (now St John's Church Hall). He was chairman of the Heritage Committee for some years and a member of the Parish Council. After the disastrous fire at St John's Anglican Church, he wrote two books about the church: The Story of Lunenburg's Most Historic Church, and Some Thoughts on the Rebuilding of St John's Anglican Church. He arranged about 200 hymns and songs for the church bells which he presented to the church handwritten in the form of a book. This miraculously survived the fire.

The family wishes to express many thanks to everyone, especially our friend George Munroe, Archdeacon Gregory Pritchard and all many friends who have been so kind and helpful during his illness. The attention given by Dr. Blaine Beaton, Dr. David Abriel and all the wonderful nurses at Fishermen's Memorial Hospital has been very much appreciated. Many thanks also to Zion Lutheran Church, and to Mike Zinck of Dana L. Sweeny Funeral Home for his kind attention. He is survived by his wife Mary, Lunenburg; son, Edmund, Frankfurt am Main, Germany; and a daughter Ruth and son-in-law Rod Mackay, St Stephen, New Brunswick. A commemoration service was held on Friday, December 27, 2002 at 2 p.m. at Zion Lutheran Church, Lunenburg, Rev. Dr. Gregory Pritchard officated...


The Story of Lunenburg's Most Historic Church

A Short History of St. John's Anglican Church, Lunenburg

Church Historian mourn loss, while looking ahead with hope

Some thoughts on the Rebuilding of St. John's Anglican Church

Springtime of Life

Basil Brownless' minute of Hollywood glory

Updates concerning donations, salvage, restoration of St. John's Anglican Church

References in Wikipedia

South Shore Genealogical Society


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A Service of Commemoration
Friday, December 27, 2002
Photo: c. 1990


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The Express and Echo, 2003
written by Geoff Worrall

Geoff Worrall, a long-time friend of both Basil and Mary Brownless.
He once published an article "The day I played Cupid," an account of the above mentioned match-making.