Wednesday, July 31, 2013

It is with great sadness, that the family of Brian announces his passing on July 25, 2013.
Brian was diagnosed with cancer in May, and received radiation therapy in St.John's. He was then sent to the Labrador Grenfell Health facility in Happy Valley Goose Bay for care. This is where Brian spent his remaining days. He was surrounded by family and friends at the time of his passing.

The family wishes to thank all those who were there to support Brian in  his time of need. We appreciate all the kindness, help and love expressed at our time of sorrow.

18 comments:

Tom Rowsell said...

...very saddened to hear this. I always enjoyed reading his stuff. My prayers and condolences to Brian's family...

Shammickite said...

So sad for you all. Love, Fenella,

Nita said...

I always enjoyed reading his blogs, although we never met, I felt as though I knew him and your family. Condolences to Fran and the family.

Nita

Darren Robertson said...

We are deeply saddened by your family's loss. Brian was a rare individual who cultivated friends and conversations across the globe. Always insightful and inquisitive. Willing to dare into topics most ignored. Constantly tempting us with his Gastronomic adventures.

I can only hope the family finds some solace in honoring Brian's memory. Reflecting on the unique qualities he brought to everyday life. His sense of humor. His great wit. His great concern for those often in lesser circumstances. Indeed, Nain, Labrador and the world at large will miss him greatly.

Jonathan Hopewell said...

Dearest Fran and family,
I'm so sorry, Brian was such a nice "bloke"
Not to mention his culinary skills. I think with his help I've finally been able to bake a decent loaf of bread albeit, not to Brian's quality!

Nain bay will be lost without him, is frequently sharp condemnations of shipping, comments about governmental issues and of course, the your life in nain that was so enjoyable to read and see his wonderful food experiments with what was on hand.

I will miss him.
Jonathan

Table Mountains said...

RIP.

Dogbait said...

Such a shock to hear this news. Loved reading the exploits from a expat in the far north. RIP my friend.

bob wormington said...

So sad with Brian's passing he will be missed by Family,Friend's and Bloggers like myself.
I enjoyed his daily updates on what was happening in Nain and particularly enjoyed pictures of meals he created.
So we in the south Kingston,Ont who have been following his Blog will miss the link to the north.
Bob Wormington

Robyn Holwell said...

So sad to hear of Brian's passing. After he stopped writing and mentioned his hip I had no idea how ill he was. I always enjoyed reading his blog, and I'm sure a good many other people did too. It was a great source of news from up north. He will be greatly missed.

Sean Lyall said...

I will miss you my friend.

WJM said...

I was very sad to hear the news. Will miss our online and email exchanges. Deepest condolences to you, Fran, and your family.

K-9 Kompanion said...

I am shocked and saddened to hear of Brian's passing. His blog was the very, very first blog I ever followed over 10 yrs ago. I would check every day to see what he had cooked or written about. I thoroughly enjoyed reading his posts. I will miss reading his blogs very much. Brian ... may you rest in peace now and show off your culinary skills to the rest of the angels.

MargaretJ said...

So sad to hear. I never met Brian in person, but loved how he spun tales of his life and family in Nain. Deepest sympathies to his family who we all got to know through this wonderful blog.

Capts. Rick and Karen Miles said...

Fran and Family. We miss our friend. As we approached the wharf in Nain we missed our faithful welcomers, man and dog. We pray that you and Brian's loved one's will move through the grief to be able to enjoy the memories of our dear friend who I called "cobber" and not even sure why. We will see you again soon Fran and Siutik. Love, Rick and Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Fran Hope you and your family are keeping well, a sad time for you. Janet

Rev. and Mrs Junek said...

Rev. Junek and I Barbara are sadden to hear of Brian's death. We miss his comments on Nain Bay. Our condolences to the Family. God give you peace.

Larry Felt said...

Fran and family,

I have been in Europe all summer and ony found out about Brian's passing yesterday from Chris Furgal. Needless to say, I add my condolences to you and your family. I will always remember our oft times animated conservations in your living room on my trips to Nain. Brian gave so much to you, Nain and his adopted Inuit people. I remember in particular one discussion we had about small scale greenhouses and increasing the supply of fresh vegetables on the shoulder seasons in the north.

Along with I am sure that kew and was touched by him, I offer my sincerest condolences to a wonderful son of first Australia and then the wonderful northern land and people to which he called home.

All the very best,


Larry Felt

Virtue S said...

Fran,I was so sorry to hear about your husband Brian.He was such a nice man,so full of life.I use to love reading his blog.You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Virtue