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December 30, 1942 - March 15, 2024

In Loving Memory ~

Brian died peacefully at home on March 15, 2024, surrounded by people he loved. While our hearts are heavy, we are grateful knowing he left this earthly life on his own terms, with dignity and a smile.

Born to missionary parents on December 30, 1942, in Yakusu, a small village in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Brian leaves behind two sisters, Sheila (John) and Jenni (Michael) and their families.

He married Sandie in 1972, after finishing his master's degree in irrigation engineering. Little did she know they'd spend the next 44 years moving 25 times in six countries while Brian pursued his career in international development. While most of his working life involved watering deserts, he spent the years before retirement in the space sector and relished every moment.

He was committed to community service, too, most recently serving on the Mill Bay Water Board and as an active member (and occasional preacher) at Sylvan United Church.

Brian loved Sandie with all his heart, was a patient father to Rebecca and Justin (Lindy), and the best of granddads to Leia. He was Uncle Brian to many, a father figure to some, and forged deep and caring friendships throughout his life, with people near and far. He died knowing Sandie is held and cared for across continents.

Music was a large part of Brian's life. He played classical guitar, arranged music, and loved to sing. His rendition of "the Susanna song" - complete with oinks, raspberries, and whistles - is the stuff of legends.

He was a great storyteller and always seemed to know the answers to our questions. He listened carefully; was insightful and kind; and would always look for the best in others. He was full of fun, never losing his dry wit and mischievous grin. In the last few weeks of his life, he taught a masterclass in grace and humility.

Many thanks to all those who loved and cared for Brian during his short illness, in the local medical and palliative-care communities, and in the neighbourhood.

A Celebration of Brian's Life will be held later this spring. For now, if you'd like to do something in his memory, please consider a gift to support the work of his church in the local community. Donate online at

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