It is with broken hearts and profound sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Brian on September 2, 2020 at the age of 56 with his loving wife Teresa by his side. In his final days, Brian was surrounded by his wife and his family who kept a constant vigil. He bravely fought a courageous battle with cancer but God eased his suffering and called him home.
He is survived by his wife Teresa O'Brien; mother Irene Walden and step father Ted Walden; his daughter Allyson Navas (Luis); granddaughters Kiana and Lia; his sisters Bonnie (Joe) and Rhonda (Rick); brothers Wayne (Shelley) and Scott (Sameera); nieces Tammy (Dave), Colleen (Paul), Robin (Kelly), Madison (Michael), Charlene, Carly, Tanya, and Hanna; and nephews Dwayne (Stephanie) and Zane. Also left to mourn are his O’Brien family as well as many extended family and friends. Brian was pre-deceased by his father, Edward Sereda in 1996.
Brian was born at the Holy Cross Hospital on March 2, 1964. He grew up in Calgary where he remained his entire life.
Brian was a man of great integrity, strength of character and loyalty. He had a wonderful sense of humour; he would never be at a loss for words to tell you what he truly thought. He was generous and willing to help out anyone in need. He faced his cancer, and the many challenges that came with it, head on. He was truly an inspiration as to how valiantly he fought.
Brian was a Journeyman Insulator since receiving his certification, at the age of 22, in 1986. He was a proud member of Local 110 since 2002 and worked most recently at Elite Scaffolding Ltd. out of Orica at Carseland. He was well known in his trade for his exceptional work and the experience he passed on to the apprentices under his tutelage.
Brian and Teresa enjoyed 23 years together and were completely devoted to each other. Often just a glance or a nod would tell each other what the other needed or wanted. They enjoyed camping and in later years, would often spend Brian’s birthday out at the Juniper Lodge in Banff, where he enjoyed the beautiful scenery and many a fine meal.
Brian often spoke of the other trips they made, especially Nova Scotia and P.E.I. which was the greatest trip of his life. Brian loved barbequing, making big batches of cabbage rolls, his 1960 Desoto classic car, and attending classic rock concerts with Teresa. He was an avid Calgary Flames fan and loved seeing his favourite team in action.
He cherished the special occasions he spent with family and wanted to enjoy the time he had remaining with family and friends. He loved sitting out on his balcony to watch the beautiful sunsets and he will be sadly missed by those who were fortunate enough to know him.
He was deeply loved and will be forever remembered. Rest peacefully our beloved Brian; until we meet again.
In lieu of flowers the family has requested donations be made to the Canadian Lung Association (website: www.lung.ca telephone: 1-888-566-5864, address: 885 Meadowlands Dr., Suite 502 Ottawa ON, K2C 3N2) in Brian’s name.
The family wishes to send special thanks to the nurses and staff at Unit 61 at the Foothills Hospital who treated Brian with such exceptional care and compassion. Also our thanks to the Tom Baker Oncology Team and Palliative Care Team; especially the Home Care nurses. And finally, special thanks to Brian’s family physician, Dr. Steven Patient.
**FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO PAY THEIR RESPECTS, a visitation will be held on Wednesday, September 9, 2020 at Evan J Strong Funeral Services. Please stop by between 6:30 – 8:30pm.
A Catholic Funeral Mass will be held on Thursday, September 10, 2020 at Canadian Martyrs Catholic Church. Attendance will be limited in accordance with the Provincial COVID guidelines however if you wish to attend please contact Eileen O’Brien at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can add your name and phone number to the COVID tracking list and ensure attendance is kept within the limit allotted.
Interment at Queens Park Cemetery will immediately follow the Mass and those attending the funeral are invited to join in the procession from the Church
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Canadian Lung Association
885 Meadowlands Dr., Suite 502, Ottawa ON K2C 3N2