David Wm. Brown, a highly respected insurance industry veteran and longtime member of the Advisor’s Edge editorial advisory board, died in Toronto this week.

Brown was a partner with Al G. Brown & Associates, the independent life insurance and financial planning brokerage his father founded. His sister, Golda Brown, is also a partner at the firm, and his daughter, Sarah Brown, handles client relations.

For years Brown was a columnist for Advisor’s Edge, covering topics as diverse as tax proposals, putting clients first, succession planning and complex insurance products. His expertise was appreciated by readers and AE reporters (and editors) alike. We regularly consulted Brown for story ideas and for help deciphering a new regulation or product. In addition to being deeply knowledgeable, he was patient, kind and exceedingly generous with his time.

We’re grateful to Brown for his years of counsel and commitment to making a sometimes opaque industry more accessible. Among his many accomplishments and designations, he was a mentor to many insurance advisors and served on the board of directors for the Conference for Advanced Life Underwriting.

A man of deep faith, Brown was also a committed philanthropist and volunteered on several Jewish community foundation and hospital boards.