…Death is rapidly thinning the ranks of senior Montreal architects, three of whom have been called away within the last year. The last to be cut down was Mr. John James Browne, who died at his home in this city at an early hour on Thursday, the 3rd inst. Mr. Browne received serious injury by being knocked down by a horse and sleigh on the street in Montreal last November, and although for a time he rallied, the accident appears to have induced an attack of Bright’s disease to which he eventually succumbed. Mr. Browne was born in the city of Quebec on the 12th of October, 1837, and was educated at the High School in that city. He began the practice of architecture when nineteen years of age, and obtained second and first-class certificates as the result of a post-graduate course under the celebrated engineer and architect, Lord Russell. He had an extensive practice in this city and province. He was elected a member of the Council of the Province of Quebec Association of Architects at the last annual convention. He was also a member of the Montreal Board of Trade and a Justice of the Peace. A wife, three sons and three daughters are his survivors.

Source: Unknown, "John James Browne — Obituary," The Canadian Architect and Builder 6 (August 31, 1893): 87

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