DUNPHY, Brendan (Brendie) Dunstan
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April 15, 1939 - January 13, 2013
It is with heavy hearts that we announce Brendan's passing on January 13, 2013, after a year-long battle with cancer. He was surrounded by the love of family and friends until his peaceful end at the Rosedale Hospice in Calgary. Brendan will be sadly missed by Phyllis, his wife of 50 years, and by his children and grandchildren, Barry (Nadine) Nora and Brendan, Karen (Dean) Sara, Erin and Holly Reiman, Lisa (JD), her daughter Victoria Landry and Melanie (James) Jack, Molly and Charlie Duggan. Brendan was born at Peakes Station, Prince Edward Island on April 15, 1939, the youngest of seven children to Margaret (Curran) and Tom Dunphy. He is survived by brothers Tom (Marion), St. Clair (Mary), sisters-in-law Stella Dunphy, Cecilia Dunphy, Adeline Fisher and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by Sister Janet (CND) and brothers John, Amos, Father Peter and St. Clair Fisher. Brendie (initially groomed for the priesthood by University Clergy and a prayerful mother) received his BA and BEd at St. Dunstan's University (now UPEI) and his MEd at U of T. Brendan grew up on the Island where he met his wife Phyllis (Dunn) - a love that spanned over 50 years. Their spirit of adventure led them to live in Montreal and the NWT, finally settling in Calgary in 1975. His sporting passions included baseball (Peakes Bombers), football (St. Dunstan's University), hockey (Ft. Smith Bisons) and golfing wherever and whenever he could – most recently in Florida. Brendan was a lifelong educator and advocate for learning. He was President of the NWTTA, President of the Calgary Local 55, President of the ATA and VP of the Canadian Teachers Federation. His passion and dedication was ultimately recognized with Brendan being awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee medal for service in Education. Brendan's unwavering commitment to community and politics inspired him to run as a Liberal Party candidate in several provincial elections as well as campaign manager for many others. A lifelong activist - Brendan's personal time was spent in numerous volunteer capacities; community boards, the Calgary Distress Centre, Inn from the Cold and Holy Spirit Parish. He loved social gatherings that included his beloved East Coast music (and was even treated to a final bedside concert by Pastor Paul at the hospice). Together, Brendan and Phyllis loved to travel, to socialize with their lifelong friends and most importantly to spend time with their children and grandchildren. There has been no shortage of laughter and good times. Brendie was a well loved husband, son, brother, father, father-in-law and grandfather but most importantly he was a true friend to all who were lucky enough to know him. We will miss you always but you will remain in our hearts forever. Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 - 24 Street S.W.) on Wednesday, January 16, 2013, at 7:30 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Spirit Catholic Church (10827 - 24 Street S.W.) on Thursday, January 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. Photos, memories and condolences may be shared with Brendan's family through www.evanjstrong.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to either Inn from the Cold (www.innfromthecold.org) or to the Rosedale Hospice (www.hospicecalgary.com/our-services/ rosedale-hospice) will be gratefully received. Arrangements in care of EVAN J. STRONG FUNERAL SERVICES. Phone: 403-265-1199.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Jan. 15 to Jan. 16, 2013