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Born: Jun 12, 1948

Date of Passing: Aug 20, 2020

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June 12, 1948 - August 20, 2020

Brian passed away suddenly on August 20, 2020, at 72 years of age.
Survived by his beloved wife of 46 years, Gaylene; sons, Michael (Alexandra) and Stephen (LeeAnne); brother Allan, sisters, Helen and Susan, and many nieces and nephews, Brian was predeceased by his parents, Morris and Agnes, and his brother David.
Brian attended the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba and worked most of his life in the investment industry. He was fascinated by the stock market, the challenges and opportunities it offered, and as a financial analyst focused on steel and industrial analysis for many years, being rated the number one steel analyst in Canada at points in his career. Brian travelled often as a financial analyst, but always put family first and kept his roots in Winnipeg. He retired early at the age of 52 and travelled the world with his wife Gaylene. At age 62, Brian started a new career: teaching at Red River Community College in the Business Administration Department. He loved teaching at Red River, often telling stories based on his experience in business so students could understand the practical side of financial principles and theories. The previous semester he pushed himself to embrace unfamiliar technology, so he could help his students learn as COVID-19 forced his classes online. He loved to see his students succeed in his classes and go out into the business world. Brian often said he felt incredibly privileged to twice have found a profession that brought him such challenge and joy.
Brian loved his boys. He spent many hours playing with them, building snow forts outside and table and chair forts inside as they were growing up. He always made time to discuss current events with his sons and encouraged them to think outside the box. Brian always tried to be upbeat and positive about life. He was deeply curious and passionate about many topics, challenging himself and those people he loved through his curiosity. He loved to research anything he was interested in and question what others thought or said. Brian was very generous to his family (especially Gaylene) and was very proud of his sons and their accomplishments.
Due to COVID-19, there will be no funeral. Brian did not want a funeral, but a celebratory party, which will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian's memory to the charity of your choice.
Friends and relatives are encouraged to share in a photo-tribute, stories, and condolences for the family by visiting Brian's memorial page at

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 05, 2020

Condolences & Memories (8 entries)

  • I was Brian's student at RRC. His lessons were like no one else's thanks to his tangents. When he got excited about something, he couldn't be stopped. He would share experiences from his life and how the textbook related to the real world, then catch himself after ten minutes and ask that we reel him in next time. The truth was, though, that everyone wanted to see where he would go and what he would share. My friends and I lived for these tangents and Brian's stories shaped my early career choices, which I'm very happy with today. I'm very thankful for his contribution to my life and will sorely miss our coffee chats that continued long after graduation. Thank you Brian. - Posted by: Barrett Pineau (Student) on: Sep 08, 2021

  • My condolences to the family. Brian was an instructor of mine at RRC. I had him in my very first semester and on the first day he frightened me. But by the end of the week he quickly became one of my favourite teachers and we grew a friendship. Brian was such a great teacher that I purposely picked schedules that allowed him to teach me courses, which he did 3 of my four semesters. My elective in 4th semester was a toss up between two courses of which he both taught. I always looked forward to his classes but more so to the conversations after. Brian and I notoriously made each other late to our next blocks by chatting after classes or even in passing in the halls. I can’t count the hours I have accumulated talking to Brian, he was truly a great teacher, friend and inspiration. He has given me great guidance in my career choices, helping me decide between my two passions, marketing and finance, which he happened to teach in both. I carry on many of his lessons having downloaded all the content from the Securities and Investment course which he taught me (I have not done that for any other course) and as I type this, I am in between doing my own stock analysis, which I often bugged him to judge my picks. One of the best memories I have, through all the conversations, teachings, and classes, was in my final semester. Prior that summer I began working for a company and saw him in passing during the summer, as usual we hit it off and I told him of my job and passed him my business card. In the following Spring before graduation he came and told me “I still have your business card and am hanging onto it until you make it.” When the passage above talks about his love for teaching, it was felt by us students. He believed in what he did and he believed so much in us students. He wanted us to succeed and do well, I was more embarrassed to get a bad mark in his class to let him down than myself sometimes. Forever blessed to have had the opportunity to sit in his class. - Posted by: Andres Bazin (Student) on: Sep 17, 2020

  • Condolences to the family. As a member of computer / finance group I gained finance data from Brian that stood me in good stead. - Posted by: Mildred Lucky (Member of computer group) on: Sep 16, 2020

  • I want to offer my sincere condolences to Brian's family. Having only met Brian in person a few times during my tenure at Whodunit, I didn't get to know him personally; however, I felt I knew him through Gaylene's stories. I know he was a warm and loving husband and father. He loved to go their cottage, have friends over to the house, and to travel with Gaylene. As I recall, you two would have a contest to see who could pack the lightest for your fabulous trips. I think Brian usually won! May your memories offer you all comfort and peace at this time and forever. My best wishes to you, Barbara - Posted by: Barbara Coombs (worked for Gaylene at Whodunit) on: Sep 12, 2020

  • Brian was a member of the WPCUG Investment forum and was always there to give a helping hand to other members. His presentations were professionally done and his tutelage has helped educate other members in how to get the most our of their investments in stocks and bonds. He was a pillar of the group and will be missed by all. - Posted by: Barry (Friend) on: Sep 10, 2020

  • Gaylene & sons, our condolences on the loss of Brian. Many memories of our school years, later as buddies at Sandyhook with our young kids. Jane and Terry - Posted by: Terry Jane (Lifelong friends ) on: Sep 08, 2020

  • I was a student of Brian's while attending Red River College's Business Administration program. Brian was passionate about politics and the business world and it was always a pleasure to hear him lecture. I was also fascinated by his world travels and the variety of other topics that interested him (the medicinal benefits of oregano oil, Shopify being a great stock to invest in). It was always a pleasure to attend his class, and I enjoyed his sense of humour. At times when the stresses of school had me down, Brian offered me valuable advice about dealing with it. The Business Admin program will not be the same without you Brian. Rest in Peace. - Posted by: Stephane Bridges (Teacher) on: Sep 07, 2020

  • Enjoyed Brian's investment forums at Wpg PC computer club. He was always willing to share his vast knowledge. - Posted by: Glen (friend ) on: Sep 06, 2020

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