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Born: Oct 12, 1951
Date of Passing: May 05, 2022Send Flowers to the Family Offer Condolences or Memory
October 12, 1951 - May 5, 2022
Brian Turcotte, born Richard Brian Turcotte, aged 70, of Winnipeg Manitoba, passed away suddenly and unexpectedly at Grace Hospital on Thursday, May 5, 2022.
Brian was born October 12, 1951 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Edmund and Katherine Turcotte (deceased), the youngest of five children.
As a youth, he cut a dashing figure and caught the eye of many a young lady, with his quick wit and abundant charm. His early photos show a handsome young man with a keen sense of style and plenty of swagger. He attended Elmwood High School, married early, and became the proud father of three devoted sons, Jason (Tricia) Turcotte, Clint (Angel) Turcotte and Edmond (Charlene) Turcotte. The sun rose and set with his boys. They were the joy of his life.
Brian is survived by his wife and partner of 30 years, Tracy Turcotte (nee Tochor).
In 1992, Brian struck pure gold when he met the woman of his dreams at the Golden Nugget Saloon. He swept that Saskatchewan girl right off her feet, with his arm-wrestling prowess, his mischievous grin and his silky-smooth dance moves. That man could really cut a rug and was especially fond of a slow spin to a sweetly sentimental country tune, his graceful gal snuggled tight in his arms. He married his beautiful bride in 1996, in an intimate ceremony at home. They enjoyed travel, gathering with friends, simple afternoons bathed in sunshine on their back deck. Their favourite winter destination, a home away from home... Friendly Vallarta in Puerto Vallarta, their very own version of Cheers, a place where everybody really did know their names.
He will be especially missed by his lounge family at the Green Brier Inn, the place Brian's own father took him for his 18" birthday. The Brier became a steady haunt, where he held court any given afternoon, a local larger-than-life version of 'Norm Peterson', minus the astronomical bar tab. A special thank-you for the lounge's tender tribute this week: the candle, the dreamcatcher and the open bottle of Bud, holding space... a breathtaking display of love and affection.
Brian's life was forever tied to the hockey scene, whether as a die-hard 'hockey dad', or a lifelong fan of his beloved Montreal Canadiens. Enduring friendships were made in hockey arenas across the province and beyond the borders, road trips aplenty, and countless cold Buds on tourney buses. He was fond of playing himself, participating in Rec Hockey with the West Kildonan Cougars in his younger days, but hung up his skates shortly after the infamous incident which garnered him his much-loved moniker. The rink boards were no match for a big man, a bit of speed, and a pair of razor sharp Spirol Corp-machined skate blades. And thus, the great 'Diesel' was born, a handle worn with abundant pride.
He loved golf, he loved his business, and he loved a great set of wheels. All three were inextricably tied to his affection and admiration for his older brother, Edmund Turcotte (deceased). Their shared love of exquisite cars fueled his lifelong quest for the perfect ride, culminating in the dream purchase of his coveted Jaguar XJL Portfolio. Ah, what a sweet, sweet ride.
He began his renovating career in partnership with his brother, creating their home building and renovation company, Turcotte Construction. Later, he became a founding partner in Dynasty Bathrooms, and ultimately went on to open his own Bath Fitter franchise. He was joined in the current business by his son Clint, his wife Tracy, his sons, Edmond and Jason, two daughters-in-law and one grandson, as well as dozens of others who became family-of-the-heart. It was his fondest wish to see the business continue to grow and thrive in the hands of the family he loved. Nothing meant more to him than to see his legacy live on for future generations. We hope we made him proud.
Brian was predeceased by his parents, his brother Edmund Turcotte, sister Diane Kennedy (nee Turcotte), his father-in-law Stanley Tochor, his brother-in-law Vern Zubko, his nieces, Shelly Turcotte and Lucille Kennedy, and his nephew Tommy Kennedy.
He is survived by his four cherished grandchildren, Mark (Arnie), Caitlin (Mark), Pandora and Ayden. His two eldest grandchildren are engaged to be married, and he would have been heartbroken to know he would miss their nuptials. In his own special way, he will be there still.
He is also survived by his eldest sister Shirley Zubko (nee Turcotte), mother-in-law Merle Tochor (nee Eyjolfson), sister-in-law Judy Turcotte, sister-in-law Leanne (Don) Muir, the mother of his children Diane (Peter) Charland, niece Lisa (Sylvain) Bellerive, nephews, Ted and Allen Kennedy, Gerald Bulera and Ethan Lustig.
A Celebration of Life will be held for Brian on Monday, May 16 at 1:00 p.m. at Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main St. A live virtual service will stream simultaneously, and will be available for viewing after. Private family interment to follow at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Brian's memory to the Winnipeg Humane Society.
As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 14, 2022
Condolences & Memories (10 entries)
Dear Tracy, we are so shocked to hear about Brian, so very sorry for your loss In a few emails I had with Brian we had talked about getting together this summer, I have included my phone number & email please reach out anytime Once again we offer our deepest condolences he was such a wonderful man, so friendly and funny. You two were such a sweet couple. He will be missed by many 😢 - Posted by: Steve & Cheryl Sagriff (Friend from Friendly Puerto Vallarta ) on: May 19, 2022
I was sad to hear this news. I mostly knew Brian through his sons and family. He was a proud and kind Dad/Man. All of the Turcotte boys have a good heart just like him. And boy oh boy do they all know how to celebrate July 1st! I hope they carry on the pig roast tradition in his honour. My condolences to Tracy and the whole family. - Posted by: Tammy Carruthers (Friend of the family ) on: May 16, 2022
Brian was our neighbor for over 30 years always a wave, smile, and a friendly chat. Our condolences to Tracy and the family R.I.P you will be missed. - Posted by: Bernie @ Candy (neighbour ) on: May 15, 2022
Our sincere sympathies go to Tracey and Family at this sad time. My daughter, Sabrina, and I truly enjoyed being in your company at the Friendly during the after-dinner cocktail crowd. May Brian rest in paradise. Sincerely, the St. Hilaire Family - Posted by: Pat St. Hilaire (PV friend) on: May 14, 2022
We were very so very saddened to hear of Brian's passing. We will hold dear all the great memories of hanging out with him and Tracy for our late night caps each night. Sending our prayers and sincere condolences to Tracy and all Brian's family and friends. 🙏💛 - Posted by: Brenda & Augie Cabral (Friends from the Friendly Vallarta Hotel) on: May 14, 2022
My sincerest condolences to Tracy, Jason, Clint & Eddy and their families- Yes, Brian’s life was largely his sons- We carpooled to get the boys to sporting practises. Have fond memories of team bus road trips- also enjoyed the BBQ’s at Brian & Tracy’s. Brian will be missed - Rest In Peace - Posted by: Agatha (Aggie) Chartrand-Schmidtke (Friend) on: May 14, 2022
Condolences to Brian's wife and children on the loss of a wonderful human being. He always had a kind word for everyone ..sometimes with a funny remark! I will miss seeing him in his favourite chair at the Green Briar. Eternal Memory!! - Posted by: Rose Park (Friend) on: May 14, 2022
The Briar will not be the same without you, you were always full of joy. You will be missed, prayers to Tracy and family. - Posted by: Eddie Foreman (lounge friend at the Briar) on: May 14, 2022
We have such great memories of our many trips to Puerto Vallarta, and July 1st backyard parties Brian was a true gentleman we were lucky enough to call him friend. Our condolences to Tracy and family. - Posted by: Lorna Krystik (friend) on: May 14, 2022
I met Brian and Tracy at West Kildonan Legion. He was always smiling and a great person. I would attend his July 1 party. Two great people as I lived just up the street from them. Prayers going out to Tracy and family - Posted by: Moira Smith (Friend of family ) on: May 14, 2022
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