BROWN, Helen Irene

After celebrating her 95th year of living her life with determination, strength and a whole lot of love, Helen Mason-Brown (née Hitchman) passed away suddenly, yet peacefully, at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto on Monday, July 29th, 2019.  We were so very fortunate to be there when she left us. Anxiously awaiting her was her dearest love and husband, Keith Mason (1959), and their son Gary (2015). Helen is also predeceased by husband William Brown (1979).  Helen grew up in Toronto in the loving home of parents Ernest and Myrtle Hitchman (née Lambert) along with her sister Audrey Jenner (Warren).  Helen will be missed every single day by son Peter Mason (Gladys), daughter Kris Braiden (Steven), grandchildren Keith Mason (Jamie), Shannon Bell (Brian), David Mason (Kristy), Ian Mason, Lee Braiden (Emily), as well as her great-grandchildren Ethan, Grayson, Ella, Kori and Nathan.  She will also be missed by her nieces, extended family members Penny, Sandra, Carol, Stephanie, Christine, Wayne, Alicia, and dear friend Cyril.  Helen was lucky enough to have been surrounded by good friends and neighbours during her lifetime.  In her later years, their help with all things big and small meant a lot to her. Whether it was going shopping, having her hair done, the gift of a fairy garden, church calendars delivered, bins retrieved and put away, treats of marshmallow squares and rhubarb, or simply taking the time to chat...every gesture was truly appreciated.  Helen loved many things while here on earth.  In no particular order and to name a few: her family, friends, a good meal (including Sunday dinners), Trailsyde, animals, Canada, the Blue Jays, music, dancing, playing the piano, great quotes, Terry Fox, one liners and a darn good laugh.  A memorial service in memory of Helen will be held on Saturday, August 17th, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. at Knox Presbyterian Church, 147 Simcoe St. N., Oshawa with reception to follow.  Donations in memory of Helen may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, the Humane Society of Durham Region, the Canadian Wildlife Federation or the SickKids Foundation.  Cremation arrangements entrusted to McINTOSH-ANDERSON-KELLAM FUNERAL HOME LTD., 152 King St. E., Oshawa (905-433-5558).    Online condolences may be shared at


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  • Aug 3, 2019

    Karen & Dave Entwisle
    To Kris & Family
    So sad to hear of your mom's passing.  Our sympathy goes out to you and your family.  There are no words that can be said to ease your feelings but  we are here for you.
    Karen & Dave Entwisle
  • Aug 6, 2019

    Don & Kim Janzen
    Sorry we never got a chance to meet her. She sounds like a great lady.
  • Aug 6, 2019

    Debbe & Cliff Miller
    We are so sorry to hear of Helen's passing!
    Condolences to the family.
    I had the privilege & honor of sharing time with Helen, She was a remarkable,strong, loving woman who loved her Family dearly!
    May you rest in peace Helen.
    Deb (Pedicure Lady) & Cliff. 
  • Aug 7, 2019

    I'm not sure if this Helen Brown worked as a phone answerer at city wide taxi for many years. If she is then I'm terribly sorry for your families loss she was a lovely lady.
  • Aug 7, 2019

    Karen Chartier
    Kris and Family
    So sorry to hear to about the passing of your mother. Deepest condolences on behalf of your Lake Ridge family. 
  • Aug 10, 2019

    Judi and randy stone
    Hoping that the memories that are breaking your heart today will someday bring a smile as your heart heals.always thought your mom was a strong women, a real survivor.sorry for your loss. Judi and Randy
  • Aug 16, 2019

    Lori, Stephen, Warren, Sarah, Kayla
    We will miss you Auntie Helen. You were always in my heart.
    May you now be at peace within the arms of your family that has passed before you.
    I will always have wonderful memories of you.
  • Aug 24, 2019

    Rosy Langstaff
    This special Angel is now in Heaven watching over us, like she watched and was there for everyone that she loved. I met Helen at my repair shop, where I was amazed that she was still living on her own and still driving in her later years. She never seemed old, because she was young at heart and I am sorry that I wasn't able to make the beautiful service and I am sure it was
    a memorable tribute to her. I was invited to her lovely 90th birthday luncheon, and was able to celebrate this milestone. I will always remember her beautiful smile, and she has touched the hearts of many. God Bless her and her family !

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