EDWARDS, BRIAN ERNEST
October 27, 1930 – February 15, 2017
Brian Edwards passed away peacefully at the age of 86 on February 15, 2017 at Nanaimo Regional General Hospital. Born in Regina Saskatchewan, he moved with his family to Vancouver Island in 1975 and lived in Victoria, Arbutus Ridge and Nanaimo.
Predeceased by his parents Charles and Edith (Jolley) Edwards, his brother Charles Edwards (Marion), and sister Joyce McAfee (Andy). He will be dearly missed by his loving wife of 64 years, Helen (Folk), daughters: Jude Staffanson (Don), Susan Edwards, and Janice Skipsey (David). Brian was a proud papa to his grandchildren: Erika Staffanson, Katherine Skipsey (Miguel), Michael Staffanson (Amanda), and Laura Horncastle (Craig). His four great grandsons Owen, Benson, Oliver and Miguel brought much joy to Brian in his final years. He is also survived by his brother Bruce Edwards (Lenore-deceased) and many nieces and nephews.
Brian was a dedicated, loving and generous family man, and a true gentleman. In his professional and community commitments, he led with justice and integrity earning the respect of colleagues and employees. Not a formal teacher by profession, he taught throughout his life in countless ways, sharing his love for learning and the fruits of his quest for knowledge and mastery. In his senior years, with the enthusiasm of a teenager, Brian entered the world of computers. Brian was an avid Flight Simulator pilot, frequently flying along side family members while they were on holiday. He put his creativity into making jewelry, furniture and a telescope. He raised bees in his backyard near an extensive rose garden in Victoria. Brian enjoyed taking part in recreational activities with family and friends, especially watching his children and grandchildren follow him down the ski hill.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff on 6th floor and the Palliative Unit at NRGH for the wonderful care they provided for Brian, and their support for our family.
His funeral service will be held at 1:00 pm, Saturday March 11 at Trinity Catholic Church (6234 Spartan Road, Nanaimo). Reception to follow.