Throughout Gananoque, Ontario, people shared their sorrow at the loss of MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, by displaying his campaign signs with a tasteful “Thank You!” placed in the upper left hand corner. Signs have appeared in businesses and on private residences, all respectfully mourning MP Brown who died of an apparent heart attack on May 2, 2018, at the age of 57.
(Originally written May 5, 2018)
As Gananoque and area grieve over the loss of MP Gord Brown, Leeds-Grenville-Thousand Islands and Rideau Lakes, they have decided to make a quiet but very public display of their respect for him by putting his campaign signs out on their lawns with a simple “thank you” added at the top. Originated by Christine Milks, the idea has spread like wildfire.
“I knew I could make the ‘thank yous’ and I knew the perfect local conservative to ask for signs,” said Milks. “Jerry Carmichael knew the right people in Brockville to ask for the signs and they said no problem.”
By mid-day May 5, Carmichael had picked up 200 signs, which were then brought to the Milks residence where they were re-labeled.
“Once we posted on Facebook people were so happy,” said Milks. “I think that this let them have a way to show some respect and affection, and they wanted to participate.”
The entire area wishes to show their respect and sympathy not only for MP Brown, but for his wife Claudine and sons, Chance and Tristan. In this time of sorrow, they are reaching out as an extended family, offering their love and condolences.
“Gord never stopped working for the good of his community or his riding,” said Milks. “I will miss him dearly.”
Visitation will take place from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, at the Tompkins Funeral Home, 63 Garden Street in Gananoque. The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. on the following day, May 10, at the Lou Jeffries TLTI Recreation Centre, 600 King Street East. A reception will be held after the funeral at 2 p.m. at the Firehall Theatre, 185 South Street. The burial will be at the Gananoque Cemetery, RR#1, Gananoque.