In memory of our adventurous, pioneering friend and colleague, Kevin Brown
Kevin Brown, a much loved and respected member of the OEG Offshore team in Australia passed away on the 8th March at the age of 69.
As Kevin passed away during this period of COVID-19, where social distancing and limits to funeral attendances has made the grieving process more challenging, his family takes great comfort in sharing a few words about him to the wider oil and gas network.
Born 7th March 1951 - Died 8th March 2020
Kevin Brown was born 7th March 1951 in Subiaco, Perth.
He attended Hollywood High School in Perth and moved to the Hyden area located 300km east of Perth in 1968. At 18 years old he joined the army reserves and served at Puckapunal in Central Victoria for 4 years.
Kevin’s career included an eclectic list of jobs. During the 1970s and 1980s he managed a small farm, worked at the Hyden film drive-in and at one point owned an ice-cream van. Later he worked for Brambles as a truck driver, at Dampier Salt as a mechanic for 11 years and in 1995 Kevin started working for Energy Trucking (now Toll Energy).
He was a pioneer in the Pilbara / Karratha area in the founding days of the Australian oil and gas industry. He was one of the first employees at Offshore Containers International in Karratha who supplied DNV 2.7-1 containers to the Australian market. Swire Oilfield Services Pty Ltd acquired the company in 2009 where Kevin worked until 2012.
He made the move to Oilfield & Resource Rental Pty Ltd in July 2012 (now OEG Offshore Pty Ltd) and worked out of the Karratha base as the North West Regional Manager for 8 years. Kevin has an outstanding reputation in the oil & gas industry as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced operators in the DNV 2.7-1 Cargo Carrying Units (CCU).
As many of you in the OEG community will know, his son Tyler Brown is OEG’s Kimberly Regional Manager, and his two daughters, Brooke & Jemma, and daughter-in-law, Jodi Thornhill as well as his nephew Tim Atkins all currently work for OEG Australia across our various depots – it’s very much a family affair.
Kevin was a well-known and very popular figure within the small oil and gas city of Karratha where he had resided for the last 40 years. He lived a most amazing life and enjoyed hobbies and interests including ball room dancing.
In the 1970s he bought a red Ford GT351 which he cherished and in later years loved to reminisce with his children about his many escapades with his GT351. Kevin was obsessed with cars where weekend projects included tinkering with sprint cars as well as racing go karts. In his later years, Kevin enjoyed sailing, golf (hitting a hole in one at the Karratha Golf Course on a par 3) but most of all he loved camping.
Kevin lived a very full life and will be long remembered for his love of hard work, loyalty, honesty, doing a job to the best of your ability and being on time. He will be sorely missed by his family, friends and colleagues.
Kevin is survived by his 4 children Kamai, Tyler, Brooke and Jemma and his wife Moon along with eight grandchildren.