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Born: Dec 03, 1952

Date of Passing: Sep 23, 2020

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Brian William Grevstad received his wings on September 23, 2020, surrounded by family and loved ones, at the age of 67, after losing his battle with cancer.
Survived by his children, Gillian (Glen), Erin (Brad) and Graham (Kate), and partner Elizabeth Schirmer, who were all with him in his final weeks. Brian was born to Dale and Margaret Grevstad on December 3, 1952, in Winnipeg, youngest sibling to Dale (Sandra), Cliff (Jane) and Marj.
Over his lifetime he was truly a jack-of-all-trades including graphic designer, print master, pool guy, restaurant manager, and hardware expert.
With many passions including LEGO, trains, Coca-Cola memorabilia, music, concerts, hockey, beer, milkshakes, travelling, Winnipeg, and his grand-fur babies, Brian loved living. Brian also loved reading the obituaries section of the paper, and yes, he approved this before his passing.
His incredible memory for details, humour, and creativity charmed many who had the pleasure to know Brian.
Brian loved spending time at weekend gatherings at Barb and Keagan's. He also held a special place in his heart for his children's mothers, Gayle and Susan.
Brian wanted to send a special thank you to his "loving angels" at Health Sciences Centre, Palliative Care and Home Care Services, as well as his generous friends at Home Depot Kenaston, and the Never Alone Foundation.
Brian will be welcomed by his mom, dad, and beloved dog Corduroy. Join us in raising a glass to Brian/Bri/Dad/Uncle Brian/UB. He will be dearly missed by many.
"Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming "Wow! What a Ride!"

- Hunter S. Thompson

If you would like to make a donation in Brian's honour, please contact the Siloam Mission or the Never Alone Foundation.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 26, 2020

Condolences & Memories (14 entries)

  • Brian was truly one of a kind with unique interests, talents and sense of humour. He was a caring and attentive partner and we had many great moments and times together. Brian loved his three beautiful children very deeply and was blessed that they spent his last month on earth with him, enjoying special moments together. I will always remember Brian and miss him deeply. - Posted by: Susan (Ex partner and mother of Brian’s son Graham) on: Oct 21, 2020

  • I had the utmost pleasure of working with Brian, he was such a jokester, friendly and in general witty. I always had insightful conversations with him. He was fun to work with, always lending a helping hand and generous with his time. May he rest in eternal peace and my condolences to his family. I will end here with a quote from the great Nelson Mandela What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead. - Nelson Mandela - Posted by: Vanessa Olanihun-Oni (Co-worker at Home Depot) on: Oct 14, 2020

  • I had the honor of working with Brian for the last 18 months at Home Depot on Kenaston.. He never let on he was sick at all.. He was always quick to cuss out the MET team members for messing up his aisle.. He had the crazy whit about him that kept me on my toes.. to figure out if he was being cranky, or sarcastic, or poking fun at me.. My condolences to the family and friends on his passing. - Posted by: Karen D'Eon (CO-worker) on: Oct 11, 2020

  • Our condolences to Marj Grevstad (and family) on the loss of your brother. He sounds like a great guy! Take care, Aline, Fritz and Jewell - Posted by: Aline Zollner (Friend) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • I am so sad to hear of Brian's passing and send your family my sincerest condolences. I worked at Home Depot Kenaston with him in 2015-16 and always enjoyed talking with him. He was always willing to explain things, help out or occasionally tease. I'm so sorry for your loss. He will be missed. - Posted by: Tami Norget (co-worker ) on: Sep 28, 2020

  • My condolences to the Grevstad family: Buddy, Sandy, Margie and Cliffs. Sincerely, Atsumi Odaguchi - Posted by: Atsumi Odaguchi (Friend of grevstad family) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • If they ever made a human out of gold, sunshine, a jokebook, a bulldog/boxer mix, a steam-roller, and a whale's heart, it was Brian Grevstad. He was a very special man, polite, good-hearted and hard-working, part sitcom dad, part Liam Neeson rugged character. Brian Grevstad was the most special person I have ever worked with in my life. Everyday he made everyday I worked alongside him at Home Depot Kenaston a joyful experience. He gave me the best compliments and best coffees, even bought me lunch 1 time. He cared about doing a good job and keeping the store tidy. I let him know I thought of him as a second father (which I wrote on the envelope containing his gift) when I bought him an LC giftcard on Father's Day, at the end of my shift, he shared a pizza with me and shook my hand with a tear in his eye saying, "that was the nicest thing anyone has ever done for me here". I wanted to return to the store and show him my U of W diploma and certificate I got after quitting HD, but that will never happen. It was an honor and privilege working alongside Brian Grevstad, the first, last and only. Let us all remember the great times we had with this great man. Rest in peace, Brian. - Posted by: Mark Morrison (co-worker at Home Depot Kenaston) on: Sep 27, 2020

  • I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to my dear friend Elizabeth who was Brian’s partner, and to his family members. I only met him once, but I remember a congenial, light-hearted man. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Leanne Harrison (Friend) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Brian was truly a kind, generous man. Anytime there was a fundraiser to help others he was first in line to help. My husband was diagnosed with cancer last August and Brian was a great comfort. Brian was off by the time I came back after my husband passed. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. He will be missed. - Posted by: Marsha Shaw (Coworker ) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Our condolences to Cliff, Jane and all the Grevstad family and friends. May your fondest memories of times spent with Brian comfort you at this difficult time. Our sympathy and love. - Posted by: John & Charlotte Rendall (friend of sibling Cliff & spouse Jane) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Brian will be greatly missed. My sincere condolences to Elizabeth and family. - Posted by: Barb Gudmundson (Co- worker) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Brian is one of my favourite people in the world! I will always remember his infectious laugh and all of our talks. I was always happy to see him and his passion for helping everyone at the store. You will be deeply missed! My condolences to your family. So much love to you Brian! Xoxo - Posted by: Charlotte Gowie (Friend ) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • I had the pleasure of working alongside Brian at the Home Depot and he was always such a joy to be around. So much so that when my own dad came to visit me his first question was always “where’s Brian?! I want to say hi!”. Brian was thoughtful, caring, and always giving a helping hand to those who need it. Thank you for your time with us B-Rye, give em heck up there ❤️ - Posted by: hunter Lightfoot (Coworker) on: Sep 26, 2020

  • Brian loved life to its fullest. He was a big part of our family and will always be remembered for his fabulous sense of humor. You could always count on Brian to crack a joke to relieve a tense moment.....we will miss him dearly...... Love Robyn - Posted by: Robyn McGregor (Extended family) on: Sep 26, 2020

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