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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Strath Brown

It is with a deep sadness that I have to record the passing of one of our members, Mr Strath Brown.

He passed away peacefully this morning at his home in Harare, surrounded by his family.  

The memorial service will be held on Tuesday 1st April at The Glasshouse, Borrowdale Racecourse, at 3.30pm.

 Strath was certainly a person who, within his lifetime, had been a true legend.

 Humbly, I admit, that I can never do justice in this letter to a man who had achieved so much.
As a farmer, Strath always led the way with new ideas and a determination to see those new ideas work for him.

 Together, with an old friend, Wally Hustler, they were awarded the first Farming Oscar for their work in developing the Hustler Brown tobacco curer.  This led to the creation of the Brown Engineering Company, run by one of his sons, Andrew.

 Crocodile farming was another of his exploits - the Croc Farm at Victoria Falls.  This led to an involvement in tourism and Ilala Hotel at Victoria Falls was purchased and revamped.  There were many other tourist setups that he was also a part of.

Tobacco Seed production for about 50 years was another of his pastimes.

 Flying was also a passion which has rubbed off on his children.

 He was also involved in various centers of Zimbabwe including Banking and served on numerous boards.
The list goes on and on.

 To keep it short and to get this letter off in time, I end by passing deepest condolences to all the family, to Dawn, Andrew, Jim, Keith, Marion and Laura and to all his numerous Grandchildren.


 Keith Swales

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