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Born: Oct 20, 1941

Date of Passing: Mar 24, 2022

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October 20, 1941 - March 24, 2022

Brian passed away peacefully on March 24 at 80 years of age.
He is survived by his loving wife of 57 years, Kathy; children, Scott (Lisa) and Robin (Andy); grandchildren, Grace, Devon, Kaitlyn and Abigail; his sister Marilyn and sister-in-law Fran. Brian was predeceased by his parents, Herb and Nina.
Brian was born on Martin Avenue and raised in East Kildonan where he was a founding member of the East Kildonan Guardians car club. He and Kathy were married in 1964 and moved to Linden Avenue while he worked as a mechanic at Kendall's garage.
In 1971, they made the move to Springfield where he opened and operated Oakbank Motors garage. Brian also was a member and managed the Oakbank Gun Club for many years. Early in their time in Springfield, Brian joined the Springfield Fire Department. He was a proud firefighter who dedicated 37 years to the residents of Springfield and earned the Governor General's Exemplary Service award.
In 1976 the city kids took a right turn and starting farming, having bought their farm property on Plympton Road where they lived and farmed for almost 40 years. In addition to many years of farming, Brian later operated a backhoe business serving many neighbours and residents of the municipality. In the mid 1980s Brian represented his ward as an RM of Springfield councillor. Later, he served as an original member of the Cooks Creek Conservation District and helped initiate the well sealing water conservation program. He also volunteered many years with the local Citizens on Patrol Program. Brian and Kathy moved from the farm to Dugald in 2015.
Brian was someone every neighbour could turn to and never said no to helping all. If you needed something figured out, fixed or just a helping hand, he was your guy. In addition to being a dedicated husband and father he was an immensely proud grandfather who took great pride in the growth and accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
The family would like to thank the many caring people who helped Brian through his ALS over the last couple of years including ALS Manitoba, Deer Lodge ALS Clinic, IERHA homecare and nurses and Palliative Care Manitoba.
The family would like to invite friends and family to a drop-in/come and go Celebration of Life from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 6 at the Oakbank United Church Hall, 582 Balsam Crescent in Oakbank.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Mar 26, 2022

Condolences & Memories (5 entries)

  • My sincere condolences to all the family. That was a honor to being your barber for 9 years. Rest in peace my friend. Chantal - Posted by: Chantal Husson (Barber of Brian) on: Apr 11, 2022

  • My deepest condolences Kathy and family. Brian can rest now. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers as you navigate this new journey. - Posted by: Linda Parkes (Friend) on: Apr 05, 2022

  • Our deepest and most sincere condolences to Kathy and family. May the good memories you have of Brian help you through this sad time in your life. Kathy & Bill Fecio - Posted by: Kathy Fecio (Acquaintance ) on: Apr 01, 2022

  • My deepest condolences to Kathy and family. I have many great memories of the time that I worked for Brian at the garage in Oakbank. I also have many great memories of the times that we shared at the cottage near Kenora. Cherish the memories that you have and the years that you shared. We are thinking of you. - Posted by: Doug Cranstone (Friend / Former Coworker) on: Mar 28, 2022

  • Always enjoyed our chats. Wonderful memories. Sending love Jeff and Diana - Posted by: Jeff Melnyk (Nephew ) on: Mar 26, 2022

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