Brian passed peacefully after a brief struggle with cancer, and will be deeply missed by his wife Jennifer, sons Ian (Rose), and Michael (Naomi); siblings Margot (Clarke) and David (Tanya); nephews, nieces, and many, many friends.
Born in Toronto, he grew up in South Burnaby and Vancouver, where he loved to be active outside. Brian enjoyed caring for and spending time at the family cabin in the Okanagan, and later at Nicola Lake. Brian loved reading widely on all subjects, especially educational or spiritual matters. Baptized and married at St. James' Anglican Church he was a lifelong, faithful and diligent servant and volunteer, awarded the Order of the Diocese of New Westminster, in November 2020, for his service to the church.
Here is the text of his ODNW Citation:
Brian is a St James “lifer,” baptized and later married there. As child and adult he has been actively involved across the board- Worship, Canterbury Fayres, Formation, EfM, Home Communions, Narthex, Trustee, Discernment and Canonical Committees, Parish Council Chair, Rector’s and Bishop’s Warden. Brian’s depth of spirituality informs his pastoral care and concern for all, lay and clergy alike. He exercises a singular ministry of encouragement, offering detailed and thoughtful feedback with a heart-beaming smile-he is St James’ own Barnabas!
Known affectionately by many students as 'Doc Rock', Brian was a passionate educator, who as teacher and principal mentored many young teachers and staff. He modeled a pedagogy that valued human decency, respect for differences, and universal encouragement above all else.
A private funeral is planned to be held at St. James' Anglican Church, Vancouver, followed by entombment in the Columbarium. A larger gathering will take place when it is safe to do so.
Known for his welcoming smile, Brian will be cherished and remembered for his
kindness, curiosity, humility, and loving presence.
Photo by Amanda Ruston