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Passed away peacefully surrounded by his six children and son-in-law on August 17, 2014 at the age of 86. Predeceased in 2012 by his beloved wife Bernadette (Halpin). Son of the late Henry and Stella (Quinn). Loving father of Jan Hillis (Rob), Margie Hooper (Jeff), Patrick, Bud, Bob (Sara), and Beth Johnson (Peter). Predeceased by his son Tom and brother Barry. Survived by sister-in-law, Winifred Stanistreet (the late Phil), brothers- in-law Gerry Halpin (Jeannette) and Joe MacIaac (the late Peggy). Cherished grandfather of seventeen grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, family and friends. Brian will be fondly remembered for his faith, love of life, and affable nature. Brian grew up in Ottawa and earned a Bachelor of Commerce degree from St. Patrick's College (University of Ottawa) before beginning a varied career with Bell Canada and the Federal Government. In his retirement he was an active member of the Rideau Kiwanis club and a volunteer at The Log Farm. Many thanks to the Neurology and Palliative Care teams at The Ottawa Hospital for their respectful and compassionate care. Friends and family may visit at the Central Chapel of Hulse, Playfair & McGarry, 315 McLeod Street (at O'Connor) on Thursday, August 21 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, August 22, at 11 a.m. at The Church of the Blessed Sacrament, 194 Fourth Ave. Reception to follow. Memorial donations may be made to the Aphasia Centre of Ottawa (aphasiaottawa.org).
Hulse, Playfair, & McGarry Central Chapel
315 McLeod Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1A2
Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Aug. 20, 2014