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DAVIS, Brian John
Passed peacefully at home surrounded by family on February 20, 2017. Senior officer with Canada's Department of Employment and Immigration, and former Ambassador to Syria. Beloved husband and best friend of 45 years to Beverley Davis (nee Roche) of Toronto, Ontario. Loving father of Kelly McConnell (Jeff) and Jennifer Schram (Peter) and dear 'Babba' of grandsons Liam and Noah McConnell. Survived by his mother, Drusilla Davis (Hewitt) and predeceased by his father, Brian E. Davis of Quebec City. Sadly missed by sisters Gail, Linda, Drusilla, and Sandra, brothers Gary and John, and 27 nieces and nephews. Friends may pay their respects at
Kelly Funeral Home and Chapel
1255 Walkley Road, Ottawa
on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. In memoriam donations directed to Brain Cancer Research to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation would be appreciated by the family. Condolences and Sharing Memories at

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Published in Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 25, 2017.
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February 19, 2019
In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always.
Lily Chau
February 20, 2018
It has been a year since Brian has left us. His legacy of kindness and compassion lives on to inspire others.
I am truly blessed to have known him.

Francine Beaupre
April 27, 2017
To help you find that light to continue on with your journey Dear Brian. You were an inspiration to me in Poland. God Bless
Stephanie Crunkhorn
April 27, 2017
Dear Bev and Family. I just happened to google Brian J Davis, as up till now I wanted to thank you and Brian for taking care of me in Warsaw Poland when we were there in 1980 to April 1982. I'm devastated to hear that Brian passed recently. He was a great man, a great public servant and to me, he was a great friend who went out of his way to ensure I was okay. Deepest sympathies from me and my husband, Bill and Stephanie (Grandison) Crunkhorn
March 8, 2017
My heart is saddened by the passing of Brian. I have such wonderful memories of early years in St Foy as my family and the Davis family grew up together. My deepest sympathies go out to his wife, extended family and of course to Drusilla, sisters Gail, Linda, Sandra, Drusilla,and brothers Gary and John. May he rest in peace.
Pauli (Malenfant) Luft
March 6, 2017
Dear Bev and Family,

Paul and I offer our sincere sympathy to you at Brian's passing. We remember fondly our time in Paris. He was loved and respected by many and will be missed. There is now a new star in heaven.

Pam and Paul Seguin
Pam and Paul Seguin
March 5, 2017
Dear Bev and family,
My deepest sympathy for your loss. It was an honor to have served under Brian, who was a distinguished diplomat of Canada, in Hong Kong. He was approachable and kind. The fond memories of working with Brian and you will always be treasured.
Lily Chau
March 4, 2017
Brian wqas a very special lovable man. I would like to pay my respects to his Mother Drusula Davis ( Hewitt). One never expects a son to die ahead of his loving Mother, Anne Conway
Anne Conway
March 5, 2017
I first met Brian in Quebec city when he was still a baby, His Mother Drucilla was very proud of him. He was very good natured and loved to laugh and eat. Brian's humor and wit were remarkable. during his sickness when he was still able to e-mail me We exchanged crazy jokes. His last e-mail he said he would meet me in heaven.
Anne van den Hoogen
March 4, 2017
Dear Bev and Family:
Mike and I were so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. He was a true gentleman and a loving soul. He will be missed.

Wendy and Michael Fredricks
Wendy Fredricks
March 4, 2017
Kim joins me in deep commiseration for your loss. Having known Brian since his early days in Rupert, just prior to our joining the Foreign Service, I saw your singular union take shape during that first year we roomed together in Ottawa. You occupied his thoughts to the exclusion of all else then, just as he must have occupied yours right from your very first meeting in Quebec. Brian was a wonderful friend and colleague. The joyful memories will persist.
Dan Tupper
March 3, 2017
Sorry to hear of Brian's passing. he was one of the greats in the FS world. Over the years our paths crossed in many projects. His sense of humour was much appreciated. He was a results oriented officer which I really appreciated.
Randy Gordon
March 3, 2017
Dear Bev and family,
I was very sorry to hear of Brian's passing. I have wonderful memories of us all in New Delhi and Hong Kong. He was a remarkable manager and leader.
Roger Barliszen
March 2, 2017
Dear Bev and family: I want to offer you my sincerest condolences. Brian was a very special individual radiating warmth, caring and concern for his family and his many friends. Even throughout his cancer experience, he continued to be a strong positive influence to others also dealing with this disease. May the many warm and positive memories of his life bring you comfort.
Francine Beaupré
February 27, 2017
It was my privilege to work under Brian a number of times during my time as an immigration FS. I always learned something from Brian and admired his basic decency and compassion. Please accept my sincere condolences
Donn Capper
February 27, 2017
Dear Beverley and family, we are very sad to hear of your loss. We enjoyed our time with you in Hong Kong so much. We know you will cherish the happier times with him.
Leslie Reissner & Linda Anderson
February 27, 2017
Dear Bev, we are so very sorry for your loss. Brian was an outstanding foreign service officer and mentor to so many younger colleagues. We really respected his good judgement and sense of humour. His positive outlook and good cheer made him one of the best people to work with! We send you and your family our love at this very sad time.
Scott and Liz Heatherington, Ottawa
February 26, 2017
Dear Bev,
So sorry for your loss, cancer is such a terrible disease, I am sure it has been very hard for all of you. Dwayne worked with Brian, remembered as very easy going, such a pleasant man, interesting, knowledgeable and full of good conversation. Our hearts go out to you and your family.
Dwayne and Charmaine
Dwayne Carswell
February 26, 2017
Dear Bev: I am so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. I have such fond memories of our time in Hong Kong and Ottawa. It was a pleasure working with him. Keep memories of him close to your heart and he will be with you always. Sending you a hug. Sincerely, Marge Berry
February 25, 2017
Dear Beverly, Kelly, Jennifer and family, Marilynn and I are deeply saddened to hear of your loss. It was a privilege to have known and spent time with Brian. His exceptional decency, humor, wit and intellect set examples for many and made the world around him a better place. Please accept our profound sympathies.
Brian Gushulak & Marilynn Cooper
February 25, 2017
Dear Beverley, Barbara and I wish to express our deepest sympathies to you and your family. Brian was an inspiration to many of people s in the Immigration Foreign Service and his passing is a loss to those who admired him over the years. Tom Ryan class of '75
February 25, 2017
Dear Beverley and family, Edwina joins me in expressing our deep sadness at Brian's death. He and I were fellow board members at RHOMA and I grew to cherish his friendship, admire is wisdom and revel in his humanity. He will be very much missed. Our thoughts are with you. Rick and Edwina Kohler
L R Kohler
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