Brian Van Walston
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May 26 1974 - December 18, 2013
"Though we need to weep your loss, You dwell in that safe place in our hearts, Where no storm or night or pain can reach you." John O'Donohue
Brian Van Walston, of Morrisville NC, at the age of 39, lost his courageous battle with advanced colon cancer on December 18, 2013. A native of North Carolina, Brian was born in Tarboro North Carolina to Clyde Walston and the late Linda McDonald Lynch. He was a 1993 graduate of Stuyvesant High School of Roosevelt Island, NY and continued his education with a business degree from the Stern School of Business at New York University in 1997 and attended Seton Hall Law School. At the age of 28, after witnessing the 9/11 Terrorist Attacks, Brian enlisted with the US Army in 2002, serving in support of Operation Enduring /Iraqi Freedom in Iraq from 2003 to 2004 in the 3rd Brigade, 2nd ID unit. He was awarded The National Defense Service Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Bar and Combat Infantryman Badge. Brian then worked for Fidelity and subsequently Wells Fargo Advisers after becoming a Certified Financial Planner.
Brian is survived by his wife Lisa McQueen Walston and his future son Patrick Brian Walston who is due in April 2014, both of Morrisville: his brothers Roger Walston of Cary, Jay Lynch of Staten Island: sisters Kathleen Mooney of Nags Head, Maureen Lynch of Greensboro and Karen Lynch of Greensboro and numerous cousins, nieces, a nephew, aunts and uncles. He was preceded in death by his beloved mother and father Linda McDonald Lynch and Joseph Lynch and brother Sean Lynch.
A memorial service is planned for 3pm, Saturday January 18th at Cary First United Methodist Church in Cary NC. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The V Foundation for Cancer Research at www.jimmyv.org/ The V Foundation for Cancer Research, 106 Towerview Court, Cary, NC 27513. Special thanks to Dr. Autumn McRee and Dr. Hong Jin Kim at UNC Healthcare and UNC Hospice Care. Brian will be forever loved and missed by all his family and his numerous friends. His wit, bravery and intelligence will be long remembered by everyone who knew him.
Published in The News & Observer on Jan. 12, 2014