Kathleen Browne

Kathleen Mary Browne (Manuel)

October 21st, 1959 - September 28th, 2019
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1959 - 2019

With profound sadness, the family of Kathleen Mary Browne (Manuel) of Grand Falls-Windsor announce her passing in St. John’s on September 28, 2019.

Kathleen was born in St. John’s, raised in Steady Brook and attended grade school in Corner Brook. She commenced studies at Memorial University School of Music in 1977.

Kathleen was predeceased by her father Terry, brother Andrew, very beloved grandmother, Isabel Walsh (Hardy) and cherished mentor, Sister Bernadine (Presentation Sisters).

Grieving her sudden loss is her husband Bill, daughter Emilie, son William, and the extended Browne family. Also leaving to mourn are her mother Janet, sisters Maura, Susan, Jenny, and Tara, and brothers John, Terry, Michael, Simon, David, Peter, Ian, Robert, a much treasured aunt, Ann Manuel and her partner Becky Lee, as well as numerous nephews, nieces and friends. She had two much loved Golden Retriever buddies, Inches and Lady Thatcher.

Kathleen graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland in May 1983 with a Bachelor of Music specializing in Voice and a Bachelor of Music Education. In 1999 she subsequently earned a Masters of Education (Literacy) from Mount St. Vincent University, Halifax.

During her years with a young family, Kathleen opted to concentrate on offering private voice lessons in her home. She tutored many students who have gone on to successful careers both in music and other chosen vocations.

With both her own children off to a good start, Kathleen next embarked on a varied and extensive teaching career in the Newfoundland school system. She taught at all grade levels in many schools throughout the province, including Corner Brook, Bay of Islands, South Brook, Badger, Grand Falls-Windsor, Peterview, Botwood, Norris Arm and her longest stint (20th year) at Helen Tulk Elementary in Bishop’s Falls where she was currently a grade one teacher.

Kathleen’s approach to teaching children was not burdened or hindered by the latest, most innovative trends in pedagogy and educational theory. She resolutely believed that certain fundamentals in teaching and learning were constant, not to be compromised or diminished. To her classrooms she steadfastly brought knowledge, life experience, an infective enthusiasm, a positive can-do energy, patience, fairness, mutual respect, and empathy - all delivered with that warm, engaging smile and personality. She also brought organization, structure and a commitment to meet the deliverables and deadlines of her profession and school. The proof that she might be on to something was the academic progress and respectful, loving response by so many of her students. It was observable, a matter of record, undeniable.

Throughout her life, Kathleen possessed and pursued many talents and interests. However, it was the extraordinary gift of “that voice” that distinguished her. It defined and revealed her true essence and soul. Kathleen was an exquisite mezzo-soprano. Her voice was a musical instrument of such beauty, quality, fullness and rarity. In addition to recognition and awards at Corner Brook music festivals as a young girl, Kathleen went on to be the winner of the Senior Rose Bowl at the 1980 St. John’s Kiwanis Music Festival. She has also been featured on a number of CBC Radio recitals.

Throughout the years, Kathleen generously shared the gift of her voice and musicianship at many special events, weddings, and funerals. She could literally bring people to tears of appreciation with the beauty of her musical instrument, her vocal technique and her sincere, authentic presentation.

Our family must acknowledge the care Kathleen received, both at the Central Newfoundland Regional Health Centre in Grand Falls-Windsor and at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. In particular, HSC ICU nurses Jill Hopkins and Kim Pinsent will forever have our deepest appreciation and respect. Blessed are those who come under your care and experience your compassion.
Thank you also to Dr. Mike Hickey for directing Kathleen’s care and keeping the family informed on medical matters.
Our sincere appreciation and gratitude must also be extended to Kathleen’s lifelong friend from university, Noreen Fraize-Greene, to Dr. Larry Alteen (HSC), Joey Browne (HSC) and to Father William Browne for conducting the graces of the “Last Rites”.
To Kathleen’s sister Susan in St. John’s and members of the Browne and Manuel families - thank you.

In her final act of generosity on this earth, Kathleen provided the life-saving gift of organ donation to four individuals across this country.

May God bless Kathleen and welcome home a most deserving, generous and humble servant.

“Next to the Word of God,
music deserves the highest praise.
The gift of language combined with the gift of song
was given to man that he should proclaim the Word of God through Music.”

― Martin Luther

"The Lord respects me when I work,
But He loves me when I sing."

― Anonymous
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday October 3, 2019 | 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Thursday October 3, 2019 2:00pm - 4:00pm
    Central Funeral Homes Chapel
    Address Not Available
    Flowers gratefully accepted by the family, or donations may be made in her memory to the Exploits Valley SPCA, or the Lionel Kelland Hospice.
  • Second Visitation

    Thursday October 3, 2019 | 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Thursday October 3, 2019 7:00pm - 9:00pm
    Central Funeral Homes Chapel
    Address Not Available
    Flowers gratefully accepted by the family, or donations may be made in her memory to the Exploits Valley SPCA, or the Lionel Kelland Hospice.
  • Mass

    Friday October 4, 2019 | 11:00am
    Friday October 4, 2019 11:00am
    Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
    7-9 Church Road
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    Flowers gratefully accepted by the family, or donations may be made in her memory to the Exploits Valley SPCA, or the Lionel Kelland Hospice.

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Margaret Snow

Posted at 09:07am
Mrs.Browne was such a sweet person she was my grandson Liam Snow,s teacher it broke his heart when she passed away ,to Mr.Browne and family and the extended Browne family she is watching over you all now.Lord Bless you all.Margaret Snow

Jennifer Edwards

Posted at 02:34pm
I am truly shocked to hear about Kathleen’s passing. When I think about her, I remember a kind and friendly neighbour on the street who really cared in particular about her elderly neighbours. My mother absolutely adored her.I remember a lover of music of many genres...sometimes she turned her stereo volume up so loud that we could hear it down the street on warm summer nights! That always made me smile. I remember her love of walking and her dogs. I remember a voice so unique and with such a depth of tone that I was moved to tears by its sheer beauty.
I had the honour of accompanying Kathleen on many occasions when I visited home during my university years while I was studying for my music degree in piano. Together we collaborated musically in church, and for many weddings and funerals. It was such a pleasure working with her. She possessed an instrument of such rare and exquisite beauty and yet when I would tell her this, she was extremely humble in receiving the compliment.

Forever etched in my memory is a performance in which I accompanied Kathleen singing The Lord’s Prayer by Albert Hay Malotte in a local concert. When we finished, the audience gave a standing ovation, and would not settle down until Kathleen gave a repeat off we went, performing it in full for a second time!

I imagine that the angels are demanding a second performance now from dear Kathleen, and my mom is in the front row.

Jennifer Edwards
Halifax, NS

Peggy Bartlett

Posted at 10:33pm
So sorry to hear of Kathleen's passing . Sincere condolences to the family.
Barry and Peggy Bartlett

Maria Antle

Posted at 03:06pm
We were so very saddened to hear of Kathleen's passing and wish to pass along our sincerest condolences to family and friends. She had the voice of an angel and I so loved to hear her sing! Wishing you all some comfort and hoping that your loving memories and the love from friends will sustain you throughout this most difficult time. God Bless

Dale Gilbert

Posted at 03:27am
I am so sorry to hear of Kathleen’s passing, a beautiful person on the inside and out. My most sincere condolences to her family and friends. I had the pleasure of meeting Kathleen at MUN many years ago and our paths crossed many times over the years even sharing a classroom at Helen Tulk for 3 years. Her passion for life, music, teaching and her family was evident in everything she did. Her smile and laugh could light up a room. May the beautiful memories you have of Kathleen give you some peace in the difficult times ahead.

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