May 22, 1928 – March 27, 2022
Brian was born in Croydon, England to parents Frederick and Muriel, younger brother David and older sister Jennifer who have both predeceased him.
As many of that generation did, he emigrated to Canada in 1951 after the Second World War, eventually ending up in Vancouver where he married Minka, a fellow émigré from Holland, in 1954. She sadly passed away in 2007. Together they had six children: Michael (Diane) deceased, Anne (Randy), Richard, Philip, David, Vincent (Julie), four grandchildren: Lindsay (Brandon and great-grandson Nolan), Stephanie (Adam), Austyn and Keigan.
Brian’s lifelong career in the airline industry began with Dehavilland and A.V. Roe Canada and ended with Canadian Pacific and CP Air as the Manager of Line Maintenance, International.
Through the years he and Minka enjoyed travelling, attending many concerts performed by the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, and sailing his self-built Fraser 30. He was an avid gardener always looking forward to spring and the next planting season for his beans and prize tomatoes, as well as his many roses.
He was also a great cook, making canned salsa and tomato sauce from his abundant crop, and was the family authority for making pastry, especially his sausage rolls and Cornish pasties.
The family is thankful he was able to remain in his home largely independently until the final months with help from family, caregivers and the Fraser Health team.
Memorial will be held at 2:00pm on April 30th at Valley View Funeral Home & Cemetery, 14660 72nd Ave, Surrey.
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