John D. (Dave) Brown, former vice president of sales and marketing for Mercury Marine Canada, died Thursday. He was 83.
“He was very professional. His business ethics were 100 percent above reproach,” said Robert Culver, former chief financial officer for Mercury in Canada. “He was the most positive person I’ve ever met. If he was having a bad day, you’d never know.”
Culver called Brown “a Mercury man from the start.” Brown had worked for Dalex Industries, Mercury’s distributor in Ontario. When Mercury started dealing directly with Canadian dealers, Brown joined the marine-engine company.
During his career at Mercury Brown worked alongside Culver, who said his relationship with Brown was “more like a brother than a fellow employee.”
He praised Brown’s ability to balance the wants and needs of the sales and finance departments.
“In a business when you have a sales department and a finance department there can be quite opposite goals and conflicts,” Culver said. “I was quite impressed with his concern about treating the dealers properly and treating the company properly.”
Brown and Culver often shared lunches, talking about their families. After Brown retired, he and Culver stayed in touch by phone.
“He was always interested in Mercury,” Culver said. “He truly was a dedicated Mercury guy. He will be missed.”
An obituary said Brown is survived by Elsie, his wife of 62 years; three sons, Douglas, Robert and Richard; three grandchildren, Jessica, Stuart and Hannah Brown; and a great grandchild, Jax.