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Born: Jan 19, 1953

Date of Passing: Jan 07, 2023

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Brian passed away January 7, 2023, after being diagnosed with cancer a year ago.
His father Gerald Gwyer predeceased him. Surviving family includes his mother Merle, wife Barb, children, Joel (Trish) and Pamela (Dan), grandchildren, Benny, Niki and Minka, brothers, Lawrence (Norma), Murray (Susan), sisters, Sandra (Rich), Donna, brother-in-law Tom Hinch (Lorraine), sister-in-law Diane Pogue (Lyle), and 11 nieces and nephews.
Brian was born in Neepawa, Manitoba on January 19, 1953 and grew up on a busy farm in the Cordova area. He completed grades 1-6 in a one-room schoolhouse and later bussed to Minnedosa for junior high and high school. He graduated from the U of M with his BSc in 1975 and married Barb, his "childhood sweetheart." They then moved to Edmonton where Brian completed a master's degree in Soil Science at U of A. His first job after university was as agriculture rep for CSP foods in Altona.
Joel was born in 1983 followed by Pamela in 1986. The family moved into a new home in Altona where life was busy and full. So it was a surprise for many when Brian accepted a two-year position working on an agricultural project based out of New Delhi, India. But Brian loved travel and adventure, so this opportunity was right up his alley. During that period he toured widely in India and beyond. It was an exciting time, especially travelling with two young children. Brian, always a lover of technology, captured many once in lifetime memories on the family's new video camera.
In 1990 the family moved to Winnipeg and Brian began working for the Canadian Wheat Board selling grain and later leading the sales team. As the kids grew, Brian planned many memorable vacations including: skiing in Banff and Whistler, Disneyland, Mexico and Fiji and New Zealand. The trips always included lots of scenic driving and often last minute hotel bookings. The family cottage at Laclu, Ontario was the scene for many enjoyable summer vacations, long paddles on the lake and relaxing evenings watching the water and listening to the loons - as well as many lively dinner table debates! Brian was always up for a good debate and a great adventure.
He retired in 2016 along with several of his colleagues, who had also become close friends. Brian enjoyed many fun trips over the next four years. In 2019, to his pleasant surprise, he became a granddad two times over. Brian relished and thrived in this role. He thoroughly enjoyed visiting his grandkids in Kitchener and Vancouver, and picking out the coolest toys for all to enjoy.
The last year has been incredibly challenging, with too much waiting, many disappointments and difficult discussions. However, Brian remained determined, hopeful, loving and realistic. And although it was a difficult year, there were light moments and happy times, especially this past summer at the cottage when Brian was able to kayak and cycle as well as enjoy the company of friends and family.
Brian was incredibly brave, facing a brutal disease and often spoke of how many people are facing the same and worse. He continued to enjoy his grandchildren, getting on the floor to build a train track, even while weak from chemo. He was a thoughtful, caring, funny and moral man, believing in what is good and right. He will be deeply missed. However, he would not want us to dwell in pain, so we will continue on and look for happiness and joy in each day.
The family wants to thank all of the doctors, nurses and medical personnel that helped treat and care for Brian. They work tirelessly in an imperfect system. We also want to thank our family and friends for all of the support you have provided - we are extremely blessed.
A celebration of Brian's life will be held on Friday, January 20 at 2:00 p.m. at Thomson "In the Park".

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 14, 2023

Condolences & Memories (9 entries)

  • Barb, we are so sorry for your loss of Brian. Please know that our hearts and thoughts are with you today and always. - Posted by: Bruce MacKay (Friend) on: Jan 20, 2023

  • Barb, I’d like to offer my deepest condolences to you and your family. You are in my thoughts. All our love, Megan, Jesse, Carly & Hailey - Posted by: Megan Reinsch (Neighbor at the lake) on: Jan 19, 2023

  • Joel, Trish, Ben and family, We are so sorry for your loss. It is so very hard and unfair. We think of you all often and will keep you in our prayers. We know your pain and remember the many memories you have had. All our love Mitzi, Ally, Chris, Rhett Reese Jim and Angel Brian has meet. 👼 - Posted by: Mitzi Gorloff (Friend and neighbour in Kitchener) on: Jan 16, 2023

  • So very sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family. - Posted by: Rick and Lynn Johnson (Trisha’s Aunt and Uncle) on: Jan 16, 2023

  • Barb, Rob and I are so sorry for your loss. Carolyn and Rob Somerville - Posted by: Carolyn and Rob Somerville (Rob knew Barb as SLP's) on: Jan 16, 2023

  • Sincere condolences to Barb and family. Brian was my first boss in the CWB sales department and was a super supportive mentor, caring for his staff and always fought hard for farmers and for doing what was right. He inspired and motivated those around him through his hard work and dedication. It was a pleasure to learn from him and work with him. We are deeply saddened by his passing and we really appreciated the opportunity to know him. He is truly a class act and great guy. - Posted by: Derek Sliworsky (Brian was one of my first bosses and colleagues.) on: Jan 15, 2023

  • Let me take this opportunity to offer my most sincere condolences for your loss of a husband, father, grandfather and son. I had the opportunity to work closely with Brian prior to my own retirement from the CGC as well as during my second career at CIGI. He was certainly dedicated to the work of the CWB in support of western Canadian producers and it was always a pleasure to be in his company. My thoughts and prayers are with all his family at this very sad time. - Posted by: Len Seguin (Colleague and friend) on: Jan 15, 2023

  • Condolences to the family. Always appreciated Brian's quiet thoughtful manner and respectful approach working with colleagues at the CWB. He carried a heavy load there and did so with grace. - Posted by: Paul and Charlotte Westdal (Friend and CWB Associate) on: Jan 14, 2023

  • Barb, Sorry for your loss. My sincerest sympathy. - Posted by: Barb Enders (acquaintance) on: Jan 14, 2023

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