Bryan Richard Woods August 31, 1954 October 24, 2010 With profound sadness, we announce Bryan's passing after an 18 month struggle with cancer. Bryan was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario and received his Honours Bachelor of Social Work from Lakehead University in 1978. After travelling in Europe for 6 months, he moved to Saskatoon to accept a position with the Dept. of Social Services. It was there he met fellow social worker Terri and they were married on a beautiful Thanksgiving weekend in 1980. Bryan and Terri had a wonderful year in Toronto in 1981-82 while Bryan completed his Master of Social Work at the University of Toronto. They returned to Saskatoon to resume their social work careers and embark on the exciting journey of parenthood. Bryan was a skilled and highly respected social work clinician, teacher, trainer, supervisor and manager. After leaving Social Services, he worked at the Unified Family Court and MacNeill Clinic/Child and Youth Mental Health Services. He became the Director and Professional Leader of Social Work for Saskatoon Health Region in 2001. After moving into administration, Bryan maintained a small counseling practice as he always found this work to be very meaningful. Bryan was appreciated by colleagues and clients for his kindness, patience, gentle strength, dependability, professionalism and wit. Bryan loved the outdoors, especially camping, canoeing, fishing, cross-country skiing and cycling. He paddled many rivers, skied many loppets and proudly cycled the 300 km Golden Triangle in the mountains in 2008. Bryan was hard working, resourceful and creative. There was little he couldn't do around the house, yard and vehicles and he always did a good job. He transformed a little old cottage at Regina Beach into our cozy summer sanctuary and he always seemed to have that little something that might come in handy. Family was always the most important thing to Bryan. He was a loving and supportive husband, Terri's best friend. He took great delight in being a dad and was very proud of Kristen and Michael. He valued his relationships with extended family, friends and colleagues. Bryan was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April 2009 and plasma cell leukemia in February 2010. He dealt with his disease in the same way he approached many of life's challenges, with focus, determination and hope. Bryan will be deeply missed and lovingly remembered by his wife Terri, daughter Kristen, son Michael; brother Bruce (Penny), sisters Donna (Murray) Ell and Penny Worner; in-laws Barb (Lyall) Friesen, Tom (Michelle) Moen, Rich Moen, Keith (RaeAnne) Moen; mother-in-law Gerry Moen; 9 nieces and nephews and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased by his mother Marlyn, father Sheldon and father-in-law Peter Moen. The family would like to thank the staff of Ward 6100 at RUH and the Saskatoon Cancer Centre for their care and support over the last 18 months. In lieu of flowers, those so wishing may make a donation in Bryan's memory to blood cancer research or the charity of their choice. A celebration of Bryan's life will be held on Friday, November 5 at 1:00 pm at McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor Street E. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home. 244-5577
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Published in The Leader-Post on Oct. 29, 2010