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Born: Jul 23, 1930

Date of Passing: Mar 11, 2020

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July 23, 1930 - March 11, 2020

William Corbett Brisbin died on March 11, 2020, at the age of 89.
He was born on July 23, 1930, and lived most of his life in Winnipeg.
He was predeceased by his wife Iris, and his daughter Andrea.
Bill is survived by his sister Marnie, daughter Jodie (Billy), son Michael (Charlene), son-in-law Barry; grandchildren, Jenna (Phil), Taylor, Mack, and Emma. He is also survived by his great-grandchildren, Harper and Weston, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
Bill was a kind and inspiring man who loved his family.
He was a Professor Emeritus in geology at the University of Manitoba.
Our favourite memories of Papa are: Sunday night dinners, King's Park walks with his puppy, Mollie, exploring Carmel, California, tinkering on his old army Jeep, and stories about field school and Colorado River rafting.
At Bill's request, there will be no service.
In lieu of flowers, friends may donate to a charity of their choice.
The family wishes to extend their gratitude to the caring staff at Oakview Place.

We will carry you in our hearts forever, Papa.
We love you.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 14, 2020

Condolences & Memories (17 entries)

  • It was with a great feeling of sadness that I read of Bill’s passing today. Those feelings, though, are tempered by wonderful memories of someone who was universally admired by everyone I knew. For those of us who roamed the halls of the Geology department in the early 80’s, Bill was everything that we all aspired to be, a true gentlemen geologist. He was probably the best teacher I ever had in all my years of study, but he was also kind, funny, enthusiastic and always had time to help any one who came to his office, no matter how small the problem. He made learning a joy, and inspired us to be the best we could be. Rest In Peace, Bris. We will not soon forget you. - Posted by: Blair Mattison (Former student (Class of ‘83)) on: Jul 17, 2020

  • He was my favorite prof and consequently I took 2 structural courses, engineering geology, 2 field trips (California and Alberta) and of course field school with Dr Brisbin - basically if he was teaching it, I signed up. He was very much a mensch and alpha male and made it cool to be a geologist. RIP - a legend! - Posted by: Doug Grimes, B.Sc. '84 (Student) on: Apr 05, 2020

  • Bill was my classmate in Geology at the University of Manitoba. He was a great colleague, friend, and in my case, cousin. We all benefited from Knowing him. He will be remembered as a fine teacher and researcher. - Posted by: Donald F. Stott (Cousin) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Bill was one of my professors at University. His teaching style, love of geology and his ability to relate to people has had a lasting impression on me. I graduated in 1973 and moved from Winnipeg but over the years I kept in touch with Bill and would meet for breakfast at the Oakwood and last year a friend and I enjoyed lunch at his place at the Canoe Club. He loved to tell stories of his students particularly at field school and was keenly interested in what they were up to. He always had a project he was involved with varying from mining to growing wild rice or organizing photos at the university. His enthusiasm, sense of humour, and genuine interest was an inspiration. I will miss our visits. A trip to Winnipeg will not be the same. Condolences to Bill’s family on your loss. - Posted by: Murray Frame (Student(BSc Geology 1973),friend) on: Mar 28, 2020

  • Bill was made for geology. He loved rocks, reading them and picking apart geological history, he loved debating and arguing about them, but mostly teaching students about them. He loved the field, he was home in the field, his spirit will always be with the Star Lake Field School. His humour was infectious, his stories legend. For anyone who spends time in the field, he was also a wicked crib player. I used to think I was good. Bill will be fondly remembered. - Posted by: Norman Halden (Colleague ) on: Mar 20, 2020

  • We were so sorry to hear of his passing. A great man. Our thoughts are with the whole family. - Posted by: chris and anita neuendorff (friend) on: Mar 18, 2020

  • Having Bill in our life was a gift. - Posted by: West coast Truemans (Friends and colleagues) on: Mar 16, 2020

  • Our condolences to Mike and Charlene, and your family. I remember your Dad through his friendship with my Dad (Don Anderson). Dad always spoke so fondly of Bill. I hope they’re enjoying a drink together now, and toasting their fabulous children! ;). Much love and hugs to you both. Carol and Jake Cadigal - Posted by: Carol Cadigal (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2020

  • Bill was a remarkable teacher, mentor and adventurer as has been attested by the many students who benefited from his knowledge and gift of sharing that knowledge. He was my teacher, mentor and friend for sixty years and together we shared numerous adventures. He and Iris were devoted to their family and made their friends feel like they were part of the extended family. Mary and I extend our condolences to Mike, Jody, Barry and their families. - Posted by: Jon and Mary Scoates (Friends) on: Mar 15, 2020

  • I got to know Bill very well through our mutual interest in the game of 4- wall handball. Not only was Bill a longtime player but was a strong contributor to our game off the court as well, including a term as President of the MHA. He was always my definition of a "classy gentleman" and will be will be greatly missed by the handball gang. Ed Gilroy - Posted by: Ed Gilroy (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2020

  • Bill is responsible for my career. I was a kid from Richer, MB who started at U of M in 1993. I was working the night shift at a truck stop and I could only afford to go to U of M part-time as worked toward my dream of becoming an architect. I need one science course and I chose one of the only science courses that didn’t have a lab section, as I could not afford more time off work. I ended up taking Intro Geology and Bill was the lecturer for the first term of the course. He was charismatic, caring and oozed his love of geology. By the end of that term I had made the decision get my PhD in Geology. The second term of the Intro Geology was taught by a colour-blind mineralogist, but in mid-February, Bill waited for me outside of the lecture hall door until the class ended and singled me out as a first-year student. He told me that the 3rd & 4th year students were going to Yellowstone National Park in the summer and they had one spot to fill and he thought that I should go. He was insistent, as he walked me into the Undergrad study area and introduced me to the person helping organise the trip and I signed up on the spot. Bill and that field trip to Yellowstone marked a critical point in my life. I finished my BSc at U of M, MSc at Laurentian, and my PhD at U of Toronto, all thanks to Bill. In 2006, after just completing my PhD degree, I returned to the University of Manitoba to interview for a faculty position and Bill was at all my talks and the interview reception. He pulled me aside and told me how proud he was of me, asked about my wife (who did a nursing project on his life) and my research. I am now at Queen’s University as an Associate Professor, and I think of Bill often. Every time that I teach Introduction to Geology, I think of how Bill would have taught this idea, and I try to be as influential to my students as Bill was to me. Rest in peace Bill, and thanks for everything that you have done for me, and the many others at U of M. - Posted by: Daniel Layton-Matthews (Friend) on: Mar 15, 2020

  • A geologist friend of mine described Bill as a "class act". And he certainly was! Bill was my PhD thesis advisor in the mid 1970's. I felt very fortunate to have his help and guidance as I pursued my degree. He always gave me good advice and helped me navigate my own uncertainty and insecurities on my way to completing my program. What I admired about Bill, beyond his inquiring mind and passion for teaching geology, was that he was always kind, fair, generous and had the best interests of his students in mind. When I think of the ideal university educator, Bill is at the top of my list. When I think of a good mentor and friend, Bill as at the top as well. My sincere condolences to your family as you grieve the loss of this wonderful human being. - Posted by: Alan Bailes (PhD student supervised by Bill) on: Mar 15, 2020

  • Sending you all tremendous amounts of light and love during this difficult time. It was a joy and honour to get to know Mr Brisbin. He was kind, thoughtful and always so friendly to everyone around him Thank you for sharing him with me over this last year. Sending prayers and hugs to you all. Chassity. xoxo - Posted by: Chassity McIntyre (Family Friend ) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • Bill was a complete inspiration for so many Geological graduates, professional associates as well as a mentor to all, He was always a complete Gentleman. His mentorship, guidance, and above all humour... was inspirational to all of his students (past and present). I have assisted Bill with a few graphic presentations in the past. He was a true inspiration to My husband (Paul) as well as many others who eventually worked with him (directly/ indirectly) through the Manitoba Geological Survey on geological projects. I have always wondered .... WHAT stories could have been told regarding themany seasons he attended the field school. I am certain there were so many awesome experiences to be told!! All my regards to the family. very sincerely, Bonnie Lenton - Posted by: Bonnie Lenton (Friend) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • He was the greatest teacher I ever had and he knew how to teach. He gave me knowledge of structural geology that I to this day have and recall easily. Such dedication and enthusiasm. Saw him at UM July 2018 he was in great spirit and we reminisced. RIP Dr. Brisbin. - Posted by: Stanley M Wtorek (Student: Geological Eng. Class of 1978 ) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • Jodie and Michael, I am so sad to read this here today. Your father was a lovely man with a lovely sense of humor and was missed by many when he left the Canoe Club. Please accept my fond condolences on your loss. - Posted by: Jackie Cantin (Former Employee of the Canoe Club) on: Mar 14, 2020

  • Jodie, Mike, Barry and families, So sorry for your loss! Your dad was such an amazing neighbour and always a gentle gentleman. My wish for you is that your memories will always bring a smaller to your faces! Much love to you all, today and always! Marjorie, - Posted by: Marjorie Dawson (Neighbour for 30 years) on: Mar 14, 2020

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