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Born: May 21, 1944

Date of Passing: May 23, 2022

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May 21, 1944 - May 23, 2022

Is it possible to have no heart left? It was just broken into a million pieces and now it's broken into a million more.
After the passing of his best friend (ex wife) Barbara on December 9, 2021 and his sister-in-law Pat Rowantree on May 15, 2022; it became my Dad's turn to go to heaven. I found him in his in his home after he had a heart attack. He was rushed to St. Boniface Hospital where they tried their best to improve the situation, unfortunately nothing worked. A big shout out to Captain Judge, the first responder, for his kindness and gentle nature. I would also like to thank the intensive care doctor who was wonderful, I can't remember his name, but he knows who is.
Bryan's youngest brother Bill passed before him, his older brother Len Rowantree and his younger brother Ross (Dawn) are left to mourn him; along with his daughter Dawn (Grant), grandson Thane, great-grandchildren, Asher, Skyla, and Summer; and many more family and friends who loved him dearly.
Bryan was raised by a strong, single mother of four rowdy boys (with one exception). They grew up in River Heights on Garwood. He was given the nickname worm; legend has it that it was because he was a tough guy and could always worm his way out of a fight. My dad did not like how short he was, it sometimes made him lose sight of how tall he was in what matters; kindness, generosity, caring, honesty, understanding, patience, humbleness and knowledge (he was my Google).
Bryan worked at the post office for 25 years, and made some really good friends there. He retired at age 49, because they were offering buy-outs. Dad was then able to watch his grandson after school. He enjoyed helping with his grandson's hockey team. He later went back to work as a security guard for CBC, and he was really liked there, which was of no surprise.
Dad loved walking, reading, watching sports, sitting out on his deck and going out with friends for a couple drinks. Dad enjoyed the simple life. In the end my Dad got what he wanted, to leave his house feet first.

"There are special people in our lives who never leave us…Even after they are gone".

A barbeque will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2022 to celebrate Bryan's life.

475 Provencher Blvd.,
In care of arrangements, 204-775-2220

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on May 28, 2022

Condolences & Memories (10 entries)

  • So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. Your Dad was the very best Dawn! He will be so missed. Sending hugs to you and your family xo - Posted by: Rhonda Weir Simons (Friend) on: Jun 06, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. He was such a great human being and a pleasure to know. - Posted by: Lynne Martin (Surtees) (Old Friend) on: Jun 03, 2022

  • We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences. Brian was a good friend to Bruce throughout their years at Canada Post. Hugs and prayers. - Posted by: Debbie Mac and Bruce roberton (Work) on: May 30, 2022

  • So very sorry to hear of Bryan's passing, my condolences to all of Bryan's family. I worked with Bryan at Canada Post and had socialized with him; playing pool at the legion & golfing. Bryan, was such a nice person and pleasure to be associated with, I will always cherish his friendship, and be proud to have had him as a friend. he will sorrily be missed. RIP my friend, sorry to lose you. - Posted by: Jack Lee ( friend, co-worker) on: May 29, 2022

  • Am so sad to hear of Brian's passing. He was a kind, gentle soul that was deeply dedicated to his family and friends. He would never hesitate to help out. Was a great neighbour and friend. I never heard him say a bad word about anyone. You will be missed. - Posted by: Audrey Paynter (Friend) on: May 29, 2022

  • Brian you were Thame’s best fan and supporter. Always a joy to have Brian as a fellow hockey parent. Always there to help in many ways. A quiet but yet loudest one in the arena. - Posted by: Roxanna Fenning (Hockey parent) on: May 28, 2022

  • Our thoughts are with the family, although we have not had contact for many years we think of all of you during this painful time. Our memories of Bryan are from our very early years. - Posted by: Andrews Family Don,Heather, Jackie (Cousins) on: May 28, 2022

  • WE are so sorry for your loss once again Dawn. Your Dad was Tall in the eyes of everyone who knew him. He had a heart of gold and the friendliest person we have every met! Hugs and love to you all at this sad time once again. Mona and Keith - Posted by: Mona and Keith Mikkelson (Friend) on: May 28, 2022

  • Remembering Worm from our school days. First at Rockwood, and the last school Grant Park. Always nice and friendly. The old days were great to remember and look back on. RIP, BRIAN! - Posted by: Judy Walton nee Doran (School friends ) on: May 28, 2022

  • Grew up with the family...on Fleet. He was a great guy. - Posted by: DON CARRIERE (FRIEND ) on: May 28, 2022

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