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Wilfrid George Brown - Commissioner of the Yukon

Another influential in-law that married a relative on the Clark side of the family, is Wilfrid George Brown. He was a business man, a political figure, and appointed to significant positions in the northern territories of Canada. A building in Nunavut was even named after him.

Wilfrid George Brown is another in-law that needs to be written about. He was born March 25, 1906 in Saskatchewan to Laura and Judge James Thomas Brown. In 1910, James was appointed to the Saskatchewan Supreme Court and in 1918 became Chief Justice for the next 39 years until his death.

Wilf grew up in Saskatchewan. He completed his law degree in 1927 at the University of Saskatchewan. In 1930, he moved to Toronto and married Helen Margaret Caulder, daughter of Joseph and Margaret Caulder. Their wedding announcement was posted in papers across the country. They had one son - Peter.

Following five years of overseas service in World War 2, Wilf re-opened his law practice in Regina, Saskatchewan. In 1948 he ran as a liberal in the provincial election.

In November 1952, Wilf left his position as Administrator of the Mackenzie District and accepted a new position as Commissioner of the Yukon (equivalent to a Lt. Governor of a province). In that position, he signed Yukon bills into law. He also met Prince Philip on his 1954 tour of Canada. Life magazine has several pictures of him standing with the Prince, but does not name him. [Life, August 23, 1954 page 24]

He left that position in 1955 to accept a new one as Chief of the Territorial Division. In 1957 accepted a position as Deputy Commissioner of the North West Territories and a member of the N.W.T. council. He retired in 1966 and settled in Toronto.

After a series of small strokes, Wilf died on August 23, 1970 at the age of 64. He was survived by his wife Helen, and son Peter.

A government services building in Nunavut was named after Wilf - the W. G. Brown Building.