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ANDERSON, James “Bryan”

April 19, 1969– Calgary, AB
September 11, 2013 – Calgary, AB

James “Bryan” Anderson passed away with his family by his side after injuries sustained from an unexpected equestrian accident while out riding in the field on his ranch south of Calgary on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at the age of 44 years.

Bryan attended Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School and for a short time Arizona State in Phoenix. He was an ambitious international competitor who represented his country numerous times in competitions around the world and was a tremendous lover of the sport. With countless years of experience, Bryan was able to share his wealth of knowledge with others. He had numerous students who will benefit for years to come from his mentorship and unique style of coaching that made him shine both in and out of the competition arena. Although his love of the horse and teaching was huge, Bryan will most be remembered for his fun-loving spirit, genuine support of his fellow competitors in the sport and his compassion towards others.

Bryan had countless friends both in and out of the equine world and was always available to lend a helping hand to anyone of his friends or family members in need and will be deeply missed by all who knew him.

Bryan is survived by his loving wife Cari of Calgary; father J.C. (Karen) of Calgary and mother Barbara (Fred) of Phoenix, AZ; brother John (Kelly) and sisters Susan  and Sandra of Calgary; brother-in-law Eric; nephews Austin and Eric; uncle Bob (Kathey) of San Antonio, TX; and cousins Steve and Mike of Texas.

A Celebration of Bryan’s life will be held at Congress Hall, Spruce Meadows (18011 Spruce Meadows Way S.W.) on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. A private family memorial to appropriately place Bryan’s remains will be held at a later date. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to United Way of Calgary and Area, #600, 1202 Centre Street S.E., Calgary, AB T2G 5A5 Telephone: (403) 231-6265, www.calgaryunitedway.org or Strathcona-Tweedsmuir School, RR 2 Okotoks, AB T1S 1A2 Telephone: (403) 938-4431, www.sts.ab.ca or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

In living memory of Bryan Anderson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek Chapel, 14441 BANNISTER ROAD S.E. Telephone: (403) 256-9575.

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  1. kerry and linda falkenberg :

    Our hearts and prayers are with you all at this time. Please accept our deepest sympathy.

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  2. JC and family. I was so saddened to hear of Bryan’s passing. Heartfelt condolences .

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  3. Please accept our most heart felt condolences. He will be fondly remembered.

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  4. Baartman Family :

    We are so sorry for the loss of your son and brother. Are thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Jerry, Andrea, Emily, Katherine and Hannah.

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  5. I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the entire Anderson Family in the loss of your husband, son, brother with his untimely passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you!

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  6. My deepest sympathies to Cari, the Andersons and all those who had the pleasure of knowing Bryan throughout his life. He was a good man who created a lot of smiles and he will be truly missed. oxo

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  7. John & Suzanne Artym :

    We would like to send our heartfelt condolences out to you Cari and your family. We will be thinking of you often!!

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  8. Tom and Laura Hutchinson :

    Our deepest sympathy to the Anderson family during this time.

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  9. Deanna Knight & Carly Knight-Singer :

    We were so sad to hear about Brian and like everyone in disbelief. Sending you our condolences and thinking of all of you during this difficult time. Hoping you will find peace in remembering happy memories and times together.

    Deanna Knight and Carly Knight-Sinter

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  10. Deanna Knight & Carly Knight-Singer :

    We were so sad and in disbelief when we heard about Brian. Sending you our condolences during this time, our thoughts are with you. Hoping you find peace in your happy memories of Brian.

    Deanna Knight and Carly Knight-Singer

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  11. Keith and Mildred Cooley :

    Dear Barbara & Family
    We would like to express our deepest sympathy to you all at this sad time and want you to
    know that our hearts go out to you.

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  12. Pam (Shaw) Tronson :

    We are so sad to hear the news of Bryan. Know that our hearts and prayers are with you through this time. Heaven must have been in need of a very special angel – I know that he will be watching over all of you always.
    Much love from Pam, Jeanne & Judy

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  13. Dear Anderson Family,
    I would like to express my sincere thoughts and prayers to you at this sad time. I don’t know if you remember me Jodie Gerry (Barbara Bevans daughter). I used to work for you cleaning your house a long time ago. Nothing can take your pain away right now, but please take comfort in the support and concern from those around you.
    Jodie Gerry

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  14. Prayers for the Anderson Family, a sad time for all of us who are reminded of the precious ebb and flo of life as we share our lives with and for the love of horses.

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  15. Jim and Juliane Heynen :

    We are very shocked and saddened to hear of the sudden passing of Bryan. We knew him as a quiet and true equestrian gentleman. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire family through this very difficult time.

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  16. Sherry Percival :

    Dearest Cari, J.C., Barbara, Susan, Sandra, John:

    Please accept our deepest and sincerest sympathy on the loss of Bryan.
    Our hearts are very deeply pained and broken with Bryan’s passing. Bryan was considered my third son, Jeff’s and Chris’s brother and my Parent’s grandson. Watching Bryan grow from a polite shy boy, to a more outgoing care free young man, to the most wonderful, caring, loving son, brother, husband and friend was something we all would not have missed for the world. All the beautiful memories we have, are too numerous to write here.
    Please know how proud we feel to have had Bryan in our lives. We will miss him terribly. Our Family will grieve with yours forever.
    Sherry Percival and Family
    Honolulu, Hawaii

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  17. My deepest sympathy to the Anderson family. We will always remember Bryan for giving us his friendship, encouragement, and love of horses when we needed it most. He will be truly missed by all whose lives he touched.

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  18. Peter pocklington :

    Saddened to hear of the sudden loss to your family. Bryan was obviously a brilliant mentor to the Equestrian community and will be mourned by many Canadians.

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  19. My deepest sympathy to the Anderson family on the sudden and tragic passing of Bryan. May you find strength in the support of family and friends.

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  20. Gerry and Donna Read :

    JC and all the Andersons, please know that all the people whose lives you have touched are holding you up in their thoughts and prayers. We are so sorry to hear of Bryan’s tragic passing. May God comfort you at this very sad time.

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  21. Stephanie Cannaday :

    So sorry to hear of your loss. My deepest sympathy,

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  22. Michel Vaillancourt :

    Dear Anderson family. J C, Barbara, John, Sandra and Susan. I am deeply sorry for your loss. Bryan will be remembered as a special friend to so many of us. I am glad to have had the opportunity to work with him. In my mind he’s still my” Nation’s Cup rider”

    Michel Vaillancourt

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  23. Bryan was one of the kindest gentlest souls that I have ever met. I am very sorry for your loss.
    Tyson Borger

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  24. To the Anderson Family, I cannot imagine the grief you all must be under. I had not seen Bryan in many years, but wanted to extend my sincere condolences to your families, and extended families. I know he will certainly be missed by all

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  25. Romola Morgan and Peter Williams :

    Cari, there are no words to express our shock and sadness at this most difficult of times. Although we never had the pleasure of meeting Bryan, we know what a wonderful man he was and can only guess at your sense of loss. Don’t hesitate to lean on your family and friends. Thinking of you here in Kelowna…………

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  26. Robert and Colleen Linttell :

    Cari and family, our hearts go out to you at this time of sadness. May you find your strength in love.

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  27. Patricia Odland and family :

    We are so saddened to hear of your sudden loss J.C..
    Our hearts are with you and your family in this time of sorrow.

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  28. Marie & Edwin, Robert (Gainsborough Galleries) :

    To JC and family,

    We are deeply saddened by the news of your son’s passing. We offer our most sincere condolences to you and your loved ones.

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  29. Stollbert Family :

    Our condolences to the The Anderson family at this time. Bryan will be missed by all in the equestrian community and beyond.

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  30. Pat (Edgar) Richardson :

    My deepest sympathy to your family, my heart goes out to you.

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  31. Sharon Miller-Pollack :

    My heart pours out to the Anderson family today. Sorry for the loss of a great man, he was a dear friend and mentor since we where young teenagers. I will always remember him as somewhat of a “Horse Whisperer”, he had a way with horses that I have seen no other have.

    Sharon Miller
    Phoenix, Arizona

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  32. Robert Rudolph and Donna Mawhinney :

    We are so sorry to hear of Bryan’s sudden passing.
    Our deepest sympathy goes out to you during this difficult time.

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  33. Frieda Schade and Barry and Hannah Fraser :

    Cari- Barry, Hannah and I were stunned to hear about Bryan’s untimely death. Your world has been turned upside down. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We also send condolences to the Anderson family.

    Frieda

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  34. Barry Lindemann :

    JC and Family,

    Just a note to let you know how sorry I am to hear about your loss of Bryan last week. My heart goes out to all of you.

    Barry

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  35. Me deepest condolences go out to the entire Anderson family. It has been many years since I’ve seen Bryan, but I have fond memories from the early days at Spruce Meadows. I can still picture Bryan riding Hollywood Scout.

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  36. Susan, Sandra and the rest of the Anderson family

    You are all in our thoughts and hearts during this difficult time. With our deepest sympathies for your tragic loss

    Nicole, Dana, Georgia and Carter

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  37. The Anderson Family.
    My daughter Janet Rutledge and I send sincere sympathy to you at this time of your great loss. It has been years since we were with you but our memories of Bryan are clear. He was riding Hollywood Scout, also later Salt Air (Salty) both previously owned & shown by Janet at Spruce Meadows shows. We are so grateful that those special horses were ridden by Bryan, John, Susan & Sandra and were so well looked after. Memories of Bryan will be cherished forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Doris & Janet

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  38. J.C.
    I give and send to you my most sincere sympathies on the passing of Bryan. We should never lose such a young, friendly,and helpful man so respected and such an inspiration in his field.
    Daryl Birnie

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  39. Bev Jarvis & Bill Lloyd :

    Cari, our deepest sympathy to you and the Anderson family, for your tragic and painful loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

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  40. Ronald Barkley and Family :

    To the J.C. Anderson family,
    Our deepest sympathy with the loss of Bryan. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time,

    Sincerely
    Ronald & Barbara Barkley & Family

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  41. J.C. and family;
    Please accept our deepest sympathies on your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this tragic time.
    The Alger Family.

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  42. JC / Barbara and Bryan’s family : I was so saddened by Bryan’s death… I will always remember that great little kid that helped us work those weekends in the mid-seventies at Anderson Exploration…..my deepest condolences!!!.. Dennis Cannon

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  43. Dear J.C., Barbara, Cari, Susan, Sandra, John:

    Please accept my deepest and sincerest condolences on the loss of Bryan.

    It is shocking news. Such a loss to so many at such a young age. Most of my memories go back to Strathcona-Tweedsmuir when on staff and coming to know the family, horses and petroleum through JC. Bryan was a wonderful young man who went on to make a huge contribution in the lives of so many.

    My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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  44. Jan and Adam Waterous :

    Cari; So sorry for this tragedy. We are thinking of you.
    Jan and Adam Waterous

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  45. JC, Susan, Sandra and John: I was very sorry to hear of Bryan’s accident. I’m thinking of you all, and remembering the first time I met Bryan at the horse show in San Diego with Sandra. Sending you strength.

    Sincerely,
    Jeff Thirlwall

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  46. Sarah Woolford-Mitcham :

    Dear Cari, J.C., Barbara, John, Susan and Sandra,

    I was so saddened to learn of Bryan’s sudden passing. I will always remember Bryan as talented, funny and kind. He has touched so many lives in a positive way.

    You are all in my thoughts during this very difficult time. May you find comfort and peace in the treasured memories of Bryan that you hold dear.

    My deepest sympathy for your loss,
    Sarah

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