January 29, 1982 – August 17, 2018
Brian left us unexpectedly August 17th. His passion was rock climbing and he had advanced into the 5.12 range, which he was very proud of. As always he was expecting great things from his Edmonton Oilers this winter. Life was good for Brian.
Brian was born in Banff but soon moved to the Beaver Valley in Glacier National Park. He and his sister Stephanie dug great caves in the snowbanks and watched bears feed on the front lawn. This inspired a lifelong connection with the outdoors and wildlife viewing. He had a special interest in bears and their preservation. In the summer of 1985 Brian and family moved to Revelstoke.
Minor hockey was Brian’s passion from age 5 into adulthood. He was fortunate enough to play with a talented group which some years included his younger brother Scott. Hockey was his life until age 23. He was most proud of his stint with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL. He was part of the 2004 Alberta Hockey League champions, the Sherwood Park Crusaders.
Brian had recently started work in construction at Rogers Pass. A good portion of his adult life was spent working at Downie Street Mills. He started stacking boards in the Selkirk Mill but moved on to operate equipment in the milling operation. He was proud to be an efficient operator and diligent worker.
From April to November Brian’s passion was rock climbing on the crags around Revelstoke. He climbed mostly with his father, starting the day on the rocks before heading to work on the afternoon shift. Brian always chased the higher difficulty climbs pulling his father along with him. His tenacity and lack of fear pushed both climbers to improve.
Although he was happy to tell you he was born in Banff, Brian was a Revelstokian at heart. He loved the mountains and the serenity he found in the quiet places.
Brian was not without faults, but he had a kind heart and a friendly soul. He was always ready with a laugh and a smile. He had a good ear for listening and plenty of supporting words for others with problems. He was loved by his family and his many friends. Always known as “A Good Guy”, he will be dearly missed.
Brian leaves behind his parents Eric and Peggy (Revelstoke), sister Stephanie (Jonathan, Gwendolyn & Edward) of Oromocto, NB, brother Scott (Mandy & Allie) of Sherwood Park, AB and many loving relatives and friends.
A Celebration of Brian’s Life was held at the Catholic Church Hall, Revelstoke on Saturday afternoon, August 25th, 2018. In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favourite wildlife or habitat preservation charity.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to Brian’s family by viewing his obituary at: www.brandonbowersfuneralhome.com.
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke.
“Climb on Brian!”
Brandon Bowers Funeral Home