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Born: Jan 23, 1940

Date of Passing: Mar 28, 2019

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BRIAN BUCHAN (SOFTY) January 23, 1940 - March 28, 2019 It is with deep sadness that we announce the sudden passing Brian Buchan (Softy) on March 28, 2019, at the age of 79. Brian is survived by his wife of 56 years, Joyce; his children, Brian Jr. (Lorelei), Barb (Kevin), Jamie, Joey (Angie) and Belinda (Reg); brother John; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Brian was known for his love of old cars. He was the owner of Softy's Speed Shop for 50 years. He had a willingness to help anybody who needed it, whether they could afford it or not. Mass will be held on Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 11:00 a.m., at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd., Winnipeg. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Winnipeg Humane Society. Condolences may be left at
Publish Date: Apr 2, 2019

BRIAN (SOFTY) BUCHAN Unexpectedly on Thursday, March 28, 2019, Softy passed away at the age of 79 years. He will be sadly missed by his beloved wife Joyce; children, Brian Jr., Barb, Jamie, Joey, Belinda and their families. A complete obituary will follow. Condolences may be left at
Publish Date: Mar 30, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 30, 2019, Apr 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (31 entries)

  • I first met Brian in 1980, through a mutual friend. I was in need of a job and Brian welcomed me in the retail automotive parts business, offering me the cashier’s position at the store on Notre Dame. Well, I worked for him for a few years then moved on and when in 1996, I found myself in need of a job and a reference, he once again offered me employment. Brian was one of the most generous and genuine people that I ever had the honour of meeting and was honoured to be able to call him a friend. My deepest condolences to Joyce and the family...he will be missed. - Posted by: Vicki Stevens (Former employee ) on: Nov 08, 2019

  • I am saddened that I have lost another friend. I got my drivers licence in 1970 and somebody introduced me to the Hot Rod Magazine at the time and my eyes almost popped out to see that there are people out there that sell High Performance Parts, etc.. My first car was a 1960 Chev Biscayne and not much available at the time so I thought. So then I had to find someone who sells these ad-ons.. On a Saturday, my day off, I drove to Winnipeg and low and behold I found this place - Softy's Speed Shop.. Here's this real friendly gentleman who took me around the store and I spent around 100 bucks for all the junk you still see on Hutterite Trucks.. Ha-Ha.. The Big Solid Chrome Airplane on the hood, The Big Whip Aerial, Purple Underdash Lights, and the beautiful Pom-Poms and more... Later in the years I met his 3 boys and I was so Happy with this family that this was the only store that I would ever need..And it was . Brian also trusted me til next payday, not knowing me at all. I am also from a Christian Home, and Believe me, there Truly is a God.. I have A soft spot in my Heart and a Tear for Brian right now.. Rest in Peace Brian.. I'm looking for my friend Brian Jr., if anyone knows where he is..I'm also on Facebook.. Love always will come from the Boschman Family, MacGregor, MB. - Posted by: Garry Boschman (Friend) on: Sep 15, 2019

  • IT was about 1989 when i first met Brian at Softy"s.I just began a very small auto shop.Brian was very special to me,he made me feel part of his life while in and out of his store.Brian had me perform work on his own beautiful cars.He made me feel confident and happy at the same time.Brian made me smile.From myself and staff at Great Rate Transmission we offer our condolences to all his family. - Posted by: Richard Hadden (Customer and friend.) on: Jun 13, 2019

  • I've gotten plenty of parts through him at Softies and beyond. Thanks for the Oldsmobile parts. So long Mr. Oldsmobile. I'll be thinking of you every time a drive my 55 olds. - Posted by: Paul Braun (Friend thru old cars) on: Apr 29, 2019

  • When I was a kid 35 years ago and building my first V8 Vega, I met him on wall street. His shop had everything. I could spend hours in there. When I told him what I was building, he immediately started to tell me all what he knew about the Vega swap, and where I could find some parts if I needed them etc. He actually hooked me up with a guy who had an old junker Vega, but it had the fenders that I needed so I bought it and was able to get my car on the road. I could tell that he was a real hot rodder back in his day, just like I was becoming back when I met him. Right away I respected him, cuz heres this man, that I didnt know from a hole in the ground, yet the first day I meet him, he gives me all the info and advice that he could offer. Now I know he was running a business and all, but I found that to be very kind to do, so I continued to buy parts from him all these years, even when junior took over I still went there, as he also was like his Dad. I even went to his house and bought parts from him numerous times, not only cuz they were a good deal, but I would enjoy talking and shooting the breeze with him whenever I was there. And at the swap meets, I always made sure that I stopped by his table to pick up a set of big block intake or exhaust gaskets, or any other goodies I could find, just to support him for still coming out and still being involved after all these years. A true Hot Rodder. I will miss him, and will also miss his table at the swap meet this year. He is a Wpg legend, as Im sure everybody will agree. My condolences to all his family members, and especially to his son Brian, whom Ive done lots of business with too, and I hope who is doing well. . Rest in peace Brian, and thanks for being such a great hearted, wonderful muscle car guy. - Posted by: Curt Newman (customer from softys) on: Apr 11, 2019

  • Sorry for your loss. The man was like a teacher to many people, he will be missed. Good bye Mr Oldsmobile. - Posted by: Kastellano brothers (friend) on: Apr 06, 2019

  • My sincere condolences To Joyce , John and the Buchanan Family. So many memories, Good Bye Brian, you will always be remembered. My apologies for not being able to attend today. - Posted by: David Malby (Long time friend) on: Apr 04, 2019

  • My Condolences to Joyce and family. Brian was a life long friend of my dad (Bruce). Over the years, there were many car shows, car adventures and much laughter shared between the two of them. Brain will be missed. Happy Motoring. - Posted by: John Landre (Friend) on: Apr 03, 2019

  • I met Brian and John one winter day back in the 60s when they had the store on Notre Dame by the bakery. It was the go to shop for parts and as I was in Brandon I had to come in for parts for my 32 Ford. Over the years since I have lived in Winnipeg I bought many parts for all my cars and my grandson has as well. Brian was always super nice and very helpful. Brian was always very caring and friends have passed on stories of his kindness. To say he will be missed by Winnipeg and his family is an understatement. We can all be thankful for his time with all of us and the memories he leaves behind. A neat guy to know. - Posted by: norm milne (friend and customer) on: Apr 03, 2019

  • Condolences to Joyce and all of the family. Brian was a not only a leader in the industry but a great person as well There is no way to count all of the lives he touched with his help and advice and I am fortunate to be one of them Happy motoring Brian - Posted by: Barry Dawson (Friend) on: Apr 03, 2019

  • Thoughts and prayers to the entire family. Mention a car or car function and Softy's name was never far away. You will be missed Brian. - Posted by: Avril Kousof (Friends) on: Apr 03, 2019

  • I was Softy's first employee when he started his speed shop at 1139 NotreDame. I listened and learned from a master.....and use that information that he shared, to this very day. We have lost a very significant person, and he will always be a legend. I thank him for sharing with me, and the many others; that knowledge. My prayers for his family.......I am sad - Posted by: Warren Schettler (friend) on: Apr 03, 2019

  • As I reflect Thank You Brian and family for the memories and so much more! , my sincere condolences to you all - Posted by: Dave Filipcic (one of many former employees ) on: Apr 03, 2019

  • God bless to the one and only SOFTY, He will never be forgotten and will always be remembered, I bought my first car parts from SOFTY when I was just 16 years old and will never forget, Our condolences go to Joyce and the Buchan family This is such a tragic loss to our large, growing car community thanks to SOFTY himself. Frank and Lacey Safonovs - Posted by: frank safonovs & lacey safonovs (friend ) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • From buying parts at Softy's Speed Emporium in the sixties to celebrating early morning Mass at St. Ignatius Church, I've known Brian for a long time. He will be missed by all who knew him. An honest, Christian man. Rest in Peace Softy. - Posted by: Wayne Wedge (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of Brian's passing. He was well respected at Softy's. He will be missed. Condolences to Joyce and their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. - Posted by: Susan Borkowsky (Family Friend) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • My condolences to Joyce and the kids. Brian was a good friend to many and created an empire in the car parts marketing world that may well never be equalled. As Brian would say: "Happy Motoring." - Posted by: Allan Tucker (Friend and former employee) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • Helping Brian with the "PUMPKIN", his 57 Olds Fiesta Wagon started a friendship that I will always fondly remember. That project was a ton of fun my friend. Brian's sense of humour was one of his special qualities; if you got it, you got him. He treated me fairly and with respect. Thank you Brian. My sincere condolences and all the best to Joyce and their family. - Posted by: Tim Salisbury (Friend) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • So sorry to hear of your loss Joyce and family .Brian was a great friend and Sponsored every Race car I owned . Always ready to help and give you credit if you were short of money. Racing in Winnipeg wouldn't be where it is today without him . Rip Brian I'll never forget you. - Posted by: Wayne Imrie (Friend for over 50 years) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • My deepest sympathies to Reg, Belinda, Nick and Chris, on the loss of your Father-in-law, Father, Grand-Father. Please know that we are thinking of you during this most difficult time. God wrapped his arms around Softy and whispered in his ear, “Come with me.” And being the devoted Catholic that he was, he went. Heaven has gained another angel and his name is Brian Buchan. He will always look over you all and protect you. Much love to you all. - Posted by: Darlene and Jacques Sorin (Friends of Reg, Belinda, Nick and Chris ) on: Apr 02, 2019

  • Many laughs with John and Brian during our teen years. Remembering his mom's ice cream shop and the many trips my sister Nancy and I made to there. I remember when he opened his shop. He was so excited. Wonderful family. His mom made everyone feel important and the boys were always gentlemen to us as teen girls. Heaven gained an angel. God bless you all. Prayers to your family. - Posted by: Diane Wilson (Teen years friend) on: Apr 01, 2019

  • Canada has lost a legend. He made time for everyone, youngsters and adults alike. His knowledge and love of our hobby will never ever be matched. I remember quizzing him when I was 16 yrs old; never even dreaming that someday he would be my friend. Rest Peacefully "Softy". Condolences to Joyce and the family. - Posted by: Linden Johnson (friend) on: Apr 01, 2019

  • I have known Brian since I was a teenager. He was the go to guy when it came to car accessories and advise on engine modifications. The first thing he would say to me, how is that Rambler running. I never owned a Rambler but it was a long standing joke for decades ... He will be missed at car shows, swap meets, Saturday breakfasts. Take care Softy ,definitely a house hold name if you were a car guy in Winnipeg prayers and condolences to the Buchan family ... I send condolences from Mr Taylor ... Rest In Peace SOFTY - Posted by: James Naylor (Long time friend ) on: Apr 01, 2019

  • Dear Joyce We are very saddened t hear of the loss of Brian. We had a lot of fun and good memories over the years. Brian was a generous man and respected by many people in the car world, including my Brian. Our hearts go out to you and your family. It is sad to lose our loved ones but the memories stay with us forever💕Bev and Jodi Hansell. I will see you soon! Hugs - Posted by: Beverley Hansell (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2019

  • Truly a great loss, Brian was a great friend . He always had time to listen to whatever I had to say and had the most knowledge of any one in the automotive world. My condolences go to the entire family. Softy will be missed - Posted by: Jim Robinson (Friend) on: Apr 01, 2019

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and family. Winnipeg losses another iconic business over half a century. - Posted by: Samuel Rainey (Friend) on: Mar 31, 2019

  • Deepest Sympathy to Joyce, Belinda and families on your loss of Brian. Such a nice person. Prayers, are with you all. Therese Gunn - Posted by: Therese Gunn (Former Church friend) on: Mar 31, 2019

  • Dear Joyce and family Heartfelt condolences to all of you. Brain was a wonderful, caring husband, father, and friend. My prayers are with all of you. He will be forever missed. Love To All Of You Dan - Posted by: Dan Levesque (Friend) on: Mar 31, 2019

  • So sorry for your and your family’s loss Jamie. - Posted by: Judi McFarland ((Jamie’s) friend) on: Mar 30, 2019

  • Brian leaves behind an amazing legacy. As Brian was part of the ministries at OLPH, he set an example of volunteering, which his wife, children & grande children followed. The parishioners of OLPH will miss you & will be greatfull for your service to others. - Posted by: Ron MacKenzie (Friend) on: Mar 30, 2019

  • Good bye Brian. I'm glad to have known Softy and his family. I will have alot of good memories. I offer my condolences to you Joyce,Joey,Jamie, Brian JR, Barb and Belindaand your families. Brian will never be forgotten Chris Mathews - Posted by: Chris Mathews (Friend) on: Mar 30, 2019

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