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Bryan Halpenny

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Halpenny, Bryan Keith (Curly)
Late of Cowichan Bay, British Columbia
December 28, 1956 – November 10, 2012
Surrounded by family and wearing beloved Montreal Canadien's Jersey, Bryan (Curly) passed away peacefully at St. Paul's Hospital, Saskatoon, SK.
Bryan was born December 28, 1956 and was welcomed in the hearts of his parents, Stan and Hilda. He often said he couldn't have had a better childhood than his, growing up alongside Dave at the family farm in Madison, SK. When the farm was sold, Bryan spent the remainder of his teens in Kindersley, enjoying playing hockey and a very active "social" life. He never ran out of stories about both! The friendships he made were held near and dear to his heart always.
Bryan and Judy became a couple in 1982. Judy brought with her the gift of Arden and Amber. Brett was born to them in 1987. In the spring of 1990 the family which now included 6 week old Logan, made the move to Vancouver Island. While great friends and memories have been made there, his heart was still always on the farm and prairie. Bryan came home for many years, seeding and harvest to help cousin Reg. This fall was spent with the Hannon's for harvest – Curly was with his "other Mom, Dad & family" and it retrospect it was a fitting farewell.
Bryan worked for the Regional District in Mill Bay, B.C. until kidney failure and dialysis made it impossible. Bryan was given the most unselfish gift of life from his brother Dave, who donated one of his kidneys March 04, 1998. It was an unconditional act of love that we were at an utter lost as to how to thank Dave for. Uncertain health made it impossible for Bryan to return to his previous job, so he began doing carpentry again on the island and in Kindersley. He put on a brave front but suffered much more than anyone knew.
Bryan was always involved with hockey, acting as trainer for Kerry Park Jr. B Islanders for over ten years, then in various capacities in Brett and Logan's minor and junior hockey. It was truly one of his passions as were all sports. Bryan didn't wear his heart on his sleeve but anyone who knew him was aware of the teddy bear he was inside. He loved children and animals and they loved him. Family and friends were everything to him. Happy hour at the Red Lion was his favorite time of day.
Bryan was predeceased by his parents Stan and Hilda Halpenny, several aunts and uncles, very special friends Debbie Healy, Ron Hodgkinson and Ken Wagner. He is survived and forever loved by his wife Judy – children Arden, Amber, Brett (Richelle) and Logan. His grandchildren who were his greatest passion Devin and Leya (aka Tikki) brothers Dave (Jeanette), Dale Johnstone (Jenny), Barrie Maguire (Holly), sister Sue Duff (Rick), brother-in-law Glen Reid, sister-in-law Carol Betnar, numerous nephews, nieces and cousins and his surrogate families the Georget's and Hannon's.
A Celebration of Bryan's life will be held on Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. from St. Paul's United Church, Kindersley, Sask., with Marj Mack officiating. There will be a Celebration of Life on Vancouver Island at a later date.
If desired, donations can be made to Kids Sport c/o Prairie Rose Floral & Gift, Kindersley, SK (306) 463-4716.
Arrangements have been entrusted to the Kindersley Community Funeral Home

Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 15, 2012
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