Brian Desmond GRAVES

GRAVES, Brian Desmond
June 13, 1925 - March 12, 2014
Brian passed away peacefully in Vancouver at the age of 88, surrounded by family, friends and his devoted caregivers. He was predeceased by his parents, Noel and Betty Graves, and sister, Bridget. He will be fondly remembered by his niece, Janet (Scott); nephew, Michael; brother-in-law, Peter; grandnieces, Tricia (Nathan) and Heather; and many cousins. After his education Brian served in England with the RCAF during the latter part of WW2. He became an accomplished businessman and chartered accountant whose early career with Bechtel Corporation took him around the world to work. In each location Brian made lasting friendships with his colleagues. When he returned to Vancouver he became an investment advisor who enjoyed strong relationships with many of his clients until he retired in his mid-eighties. Brian worked for the Vancouver firm of Brink, Hudson and Lefever for thirty years. He served as a President and later as their Chairman. In the late 1970's he was Chairman of the Vancouver Stock Exchange. When BH&L merged with Canaccord Capital, Brian became a Vice-Chairman. Throughout his career he took time to mentor and encourage many younger people in the accounting and investment field. He was a faithful volunteer in the Royal Commonwealth Society, and for his dedicated work was awarded both the Queen's Silver and Diamond Jubilee medals. He supported many organizations in the lower mainland, and was an enthusiastic contributor to the squash program at St. Michaels University School in Victoria. Brian was a sporting man who played squash in his earlier years and looked forward to his weekend golf games and holidays. He shared his love of ice hockey with many colleagues, friends and family by taking them to Canuck games for 37 years. He is remembered as "Forever a Canuck". A celebration of Brian's life will be held on Friday, April 11th at 2 pm at Christ Church Cathedral, corner of Burrard & Georgia, with a reception to follow at the Vancouver Club, 915 West Hastings St. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of BC.

Published in National Post from Apr. 5 to Apr. 7, 2014