October 31, 1931 – October 18, 2020
In 1955 this handsome and adventurous Australian set out to explore the US and Canada . Lucky for us he ended up in Vancouver BC.
One evening he ventured to a dance at the local Y and caught the eye of a beautiful young woman named Marilyn. They shared a dance that turned into almost 63 years of marriage.
They ended up in Edmonton and then onto Calgary where he worked for Shell Canada for 28 years in Economics and Land departments .He was a dedicated and hardworking man with an unwavering sense of honour and fairness.
They had 4 children. Cheryl (Steve Simpson) Kathleen Mary (d. 2010) Carolyn (Brad Maynes) Robert (Gwen). They made many lifelong friends and the laughs, parties and stories are legendary. As was his lawn. He always made sure we had summer vacations and many memories were made hauling a trailer with carsick kids and overheated radiators.
When Brian retired he finally was able to escape the prairie winters and head back to the coast where he and Marilyn moved to White Rock, BC. There he found his nirvana and took up gourmet cooking, water colour painting, hiking and was able to grow an enviable garden that would take your breath away.
They travelled, entertained, made many new friends and kept dancing. He was a very Proud Poppa to (in order of appearance) Elizabeth, Gaelan, Evan, Ellery, Knox and Clare. They were the absolute joy of his life and he revelled in every moment he had with them. He was so proud of them all.
We will miss our Dad, his quiet razor sharp humour. His brilliant observations. His kindness and generosity. His clear sense of values and most of all his great love for family. Our family. Goodnight Poppa. We will miss you.
A Graveside service is planned for 2 pm Friday, November 6, 2020 at Victory Memorial Cemetery, 14831 28 Ave, Surrey
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