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Syd Brown

Syd Brown

Male 1925 - 2011  (86 years)

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  • Name Syd Brown 
    Born 1925  of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-93305 
    Died 1 Feb 2011  Woolwich Township Chalmer's Lot or The Bend Lot, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Buried Cremated Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I93305  Generations
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2020 

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    Syd Brown
    Syd Brown
    from Waterloo Region Record

  • Notes 
    • Syd Brown was a former Waterloo Region police chief

      WOOLWICH TOWNSHIP He was a progressive police chief who rubbed shoulders with his officers. He was also Waterloo Region's most controversial police chief. Syd Brown died Tuesday at his home in Woolwich Township. He was 85. "He treated all his employees with dignity and respect and that brought him loyalty from the rank and file," said Sgt. Bruce Tucker, president of the Waterloo Regional Police Association...Brown was chief for fewer than two years in the late 1970s, but his short reign made national headlines and for years the force had the dubious distinction of having two police chiefs on the payroll. ....Brown was a chief who preferred an open-door policy with his officers, rather than following the traditional hierarchy of the force. On March 11, 1978, tactical officers raided the Henchman biker clubhouse on Highland Road which prompted an inquiry into allegations of police brutality and the subsequent firing of Brown. After his firing, Brown underwent triple-bypass heart surgery. Brown fought his firing, and even though the courts subsequently ordered him reinstated as chief, he only had the title and salary of chief as the police board refused to reinstate him. Harold Basse was the actual chief.....In 1990, he co-formed the Police Retirees of Ontario, a group that fought for the rights of retired officers, with his former tactical officer, Joe Lederman...In 2002, Brown was decorated for outstanding police service by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth 2. Funeral service for Brown will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Ratz-Bechtel Funeral Home at 621 King St. W. in Kitchener. It will not be a full police fuuneral


      The Waterloo Region Record 3 Feb 2011

  • Sources 
    1. [S602] News - ON, Waterloo, Kitchener - The Waterloo Region Record (March 2008- ), Syd Brown was a former Waterloo Region police chief - 3 Feb 2011.

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1925 - of, Woolwich Twp., Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1 Feb 2011 - Woolwich Township Chalmer's Lot or The Bend Lot, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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