Brian, age 44, died of natural causes on September 22 in Osaka, Japan. He was born in Ottawa, Ontario and raised in British Columbia's Lower Mainland. Brian attained a B.Arts in Political Science from Simon Fraser University, earned a M.A. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Trinity Western University in 2006, and a Masters of Education and PGCE in TESOL Education from the University of Tasmania.
Brian was dedicated to lifelong learning and to teaching: his career took him to Japan, South Korea, and United Arab Emirates. He is missed by colleagues, associates and friends worldwide. Brian's passions also included gourmet cooking, and sports: both playing and spectating. He played with the Vancouver Meraloma Club, and remained committed to physical exercise and activity, be it bicycling with his wife, lifting weights with his friends or running with his father-in-law.
He is survived by his loving wife Ayako (nee Fujimoto), son Michael Kai, and his sister Christina (Tobin). He is also survived by loving aunts, uncles and cousins. He is predeceased by his mother Eleanor Oxton in 1999, and his father Peter De Coster in 2002.
Services have been held in Japan. Interment in B.C.
was private. A dinner celebrating Brian's life is scheduled for 5 pm November 1 at Leela Thai, White Rock. In lieu of flowers or donations, please consider the needs of Brian's family.
Published in North Shore News from Oct. 22 to Oct. 24, 2014.