April 18, 1943 – August 1, 2012
Brian passed away peacefully on August 1, 2012 at Vancouver General Hospital, surrounded by his family. Brian was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He is survived by his loving wife Joanne, sons Stan(Lavonne), Scott (Tessa), daughters Andrea, Katrina(Trevor), step-daughters Meagan, Kim (Jack), Amy (Dale), Sara (Robb). Grandchildren Jamie, Aaron, Hughie, Cecelia, Esteban, Mateo, Chantal, Natasha, Frances, Riley, Janek, Kaman and Roenik. He is also survived by his brother Cliff (Kathy), nephew Cliff and niece Kalea, as well as his step-mom Lee Nokleby, mother-in-law Violet Pinning, Heather Grant (mother of his children) and other cherished family including his Aunts Marcella and Lois.
Brian was born in Hardisty Alberta and as a young boy moved to Smithers, B.C. His post secondary education took him to the University of Victoria where he received a degree in Education. Later he received a Masters of Education from the University of Washington. Brian loved being an educator and retired after 35 years from the Abbotsford School District in 2001. His life was of service. He was a former Rotarian, minor hockey coach, he served on Boards at Cultus Lake Memorial Church, Sunshine Valley Executive and was elected Cultus Lake Commissioner from 2008 – 2011 where he served as Chairman. Brian had many hobbies but fishing was his passion. Two of his favorite destinations were Puerto Vallarta, Mexico where he and Joanne vacationed each winter, as well as their cabin “in the woods by the river” at Sunshine Valley, Hope. Brian also enjoyed cooking and entertaining. He loved life and was a very generous person. Even in death his generosity continued. Brian donated his eyes and eight recipients will benefit from them, two of which will receive the gift of sight.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s honor to either the Salvation Army Church, 46420 Brooks Avenue, Chilliwack, B.C. V2P 1C5 or to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
A funeral service was held on Wednesday, August 8th at 1 pm at Central Community Church, 46100 Chilliwack Central Road, Chilliwack, B.C. (next to ICBC) with a tea to follow at 3 pm at the Evergreen Hall, 9291 Corbould Street, Chilliwack, B.C.