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BRYAN – Joseph George (Jody)

July 18, 1956 – October 18, 2010

Jody Bryan beloved husband of Mary Lynne Bryan passed away on Monday, October 18, 2010 at the age of 54 years.

Jody was born in Oshawa, ON on July 18, 1956. Jody moved to Calgary with his loving wife in 1982 and pursued a long career in sales. He coached baseball and hockey and was Division Co-ordinator for Trails West and recently was Calgary Royals Athletic Association Junior B Gold hockey coach. Jody wasn’t just a coach, he cared for his players with a fierce loyalty and was a never ending source of encouragement and support. Calgary hockey will never be the same. There could be no man more proud of his family than Jody. He was a coach, father and consummate supporter. Jody’s persistence in teaching his son to golf finally paid off this summer, which Jody would reluctantly attest to after losing so many rounds to his son. Sarah inherited her father’s dramatic flair and pursues an education in the Arts. Jody was her most ardent supporter and at times was the only one in the audience doing the wave. He preached respect for everyone he met and cherished every woman in his life.

Jody will be sadly missed by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Lynne; daughter Sarah and son Jason; mother Joey, sisters Cindy (Lofty) McDowell, Terry (Bill) de Gouw and Monica Bryan; brother Mark (Gena) Bryan, Mary Lynne’s family (Conley), numerous nieces, nephews and surrogate children. He was predeceased by his father Joseph Justin Bryan and his baby sister Samantha.

A Celebration of Jody’s Life will be held at Thorncliffe Greenview Community Hall (5600 Centre St. N.W.) on Friday, October 22, 2010 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Forward condolences through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial donations may be sent directly to The Tim Horton Children’s Foundation, R.R. #2, 264 Glen Morris Road E., St. George Brant, ON, N0E 1N0 or www.timhortonchildrensfoundation.com.

In living memory of Jody Bryan, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Telephone: (403)243-8200

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  1. Brian & Dorine Dinsdale :

    We are truly sorry to hear of Jody’s passing. We are friends of his mother Joey through the music at The Lanc in Kitchener.
    He was too young to die like this. It sounds like he enjoyed life and all it had to offer. We extend our condolences to his wife Mary Lynne, children Sarah & Jason and of course to our dear friend Joey.

    Sincerely
    Dorine & Brian Dinsdale

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  2. Kurtlin, Teresa and Sieg Schwarz :

    It was with the deepest sadness to learn of the passing of “Coach Jody”.

    We have so many fond memories of hockey because of Jody. He was always such a caring man. He consistently demonstrated the meaning of respect for others and how far kindness, encouragement and caring for another human being can go.

    His enthusiasm for hockey was infectious and he always had a way of lifting your spirits – no matter how your day was going.

    There are so many families and hockey players, young and old, that owe a debt of gratitude to this special man.

    Thank you Jody for all you did. The Calgary hockey family will never be the same.

    Blessings,

    Kurtlin, Teresa and Sieg Schwarz

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  3. Mary Lynne, Jason, Sarah we’re shocked and saddened to lose Jody so young and our thoughts are with all of you.

    Dave, Jane and Paul Boone (who is one of the many of Jody’s hockey players)

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  4. Mary Beth & Mark Buchanan and family :

    Dearest Mary Lynne and family. Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for you. May your memories give you strength in these difficult times and know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all. MB

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  5. Tibor and Isabella Horvath :

    Dear Joey and family: Thinking about you and your dear family at this tragic time. Our sincerest sympathy to you all. Isabella and Tibor ..your friends from the “Lanc”

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  6. Dear Mel. How well you have captured all that is Jody. I am so proud that I had him in my life and got to share that enthusiasm, pride and joy he had for our kids. You know how much he loved you, Jason and Sarah – he told me all the time! I know he told you too. He was so proud of you all and so happy all the time. Joy – that’s what Jody gave me. I am so very sorry for your loss. Love to you all. Jaye, Rick, Emily and Sam.

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  7. Annika Pedersen :

    Bryan Family
    Please know that my thoughts and prayers go out to you all! Your husband and father was an extremely generous and caring man and he will be greatly missed by all that knew him! I know that Christian is a better man for having known Jody and will miss his positive influence and support.
    Regards, Annika

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  8. Cathy Bryan & Family (Jim, Linda, Bryce ) :

    Dear Mel, Sarah and Jason . The family here in Oshawa was shocked and saddened
    by Jody’s passing. He was far too young to leave us. He was always larger than life and you always knew when Jody arrived as all heads turned his way. I remember our visit when you all came to Whitby and I was so impressed with your sweet family. And to Joey , God be with you Auntie , we love you dearly and our prayers are with you and the family

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  9. Jessie Feniuk :

    Peace, prayers and blessings.

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  10. Lori and Mick Lewis :

    Dear Joey
    You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time of sadness.
    Hugs! Love Lori and Mick xo

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  11. Rose, Sam, Francesco, Caterina & Tory Marasco :

    We were shocked to learn of the passing of ‘Coach Jody’.

    He was such a motivating person and always offering words of inspiration to all hockey players.

    It seemed like he lived at the arenas. It didn’t matter what team was playing, he was always there and offered kind words to all the players & their families. He had a passion for hockey and truly enjoyed being at the arena. Jody was a familiar face and one you could turn to with any questions. He was eager to help any player and was the one you recognized at any Trails West game or practice.

    He was such an amazing man and he will be truly missed!

    Thank you Coach Jody!

    Our sincerest condolences to the Bryan family. May the love of those around you help you through your sadness.

    Peace, prayers and blessings,

    The Marasco Family

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  12. Birgitta and Gert Holmqvist :

    Dear Mel and Family!

    We are very saddened for your loss and we know that no amount of words said will lessen your pain. However we know this world is a better place because Jody was in it. Jody made a huge difference in Christians and our lives because of his caring, generous, positive and hockey loving nature. Jody was a terrific man and he will be missed.

    If we can do anything for you now or later please call.

    Sincerely with Love
    Birgitta and Gert Holmqvist

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  13. Steve Bottoms :

    Dear Mel and Family

    As most, we were shocked at the news and immediately stricken by the magnitude of loss you and the family must feel. To have had Jody and you in our lives as our boys progressed through hockey was simply wonderful. Jody was a role model to us all in his unconditional love for his family and his endless passion for the community he so willingly served.

    To our family, Jody was a man of significance. His support and encouragement contributed to the positive development of our three boys. And for that we will be forever grateful. His legacy – beyond your terrific family – will be the enormous impact he has made on so so many.

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Steve, Tanya, Ryan, Kyle and Jared Bottoms

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  14. Jody, it was you who told me to go to junior a instead of midget AAA and for that I thank you, it was a great experience and I learned so much. You will be greatly missed by all.

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  15. Mary Lynne,

    I am so sorry to hear about Jody. My thoughts go out to you and your family at this trying time.

    All the best,
    Ian

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  16. I’m sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Yours in Hockey
    Gary Soroka

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  17. Joanne Conley-Fry :

    To Mary Lynne, Jason and Sarah:

    We are so sorry we couldn’t be with you during this difficult time but you are all in our thoughts and prayers – Uncle Jody will truly be missed and God now has one remarkable angel. We love you all.

    With sincere sorrow,
    Mark, Joanne and Daniel xoxoxo

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  18. Dwight & Gina Lucas :

    Dear Mel & Family,
    We are so sorry to hear about Jody. We have never met another individual quite like Jody – he was compassionate, caring and had great integrity. He will be greatly missed by all whom had the privilege of meeting & knowing him.

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  19. Alastair King :

    Bryan Family,

    To all of you, from the arena staff here at Southland Leisure Centre, our deepest sympathies on your loss. Jody was a well respected coach and a friendly person to deal with. We will miss seeing his face around the arena. May you find comfort in your in the fact that Jody had an impact on the lives of many.
    Thoughts and Prayers,
    SLC Arena Staff.

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  20. James & Natalie Huber & Family :

    Dear Mel, Jason & Sarah,
    Our heartfelt condolences to you all. Jody was a true volunteer and his love for his players and the game of hockey will always be remembered. He always took the time to say “hello” and make a positive comment on the game he was either watching or coaching. Our family was very fortunate to have him as part of our lives.
    Our prayers are with you……
    The Hubers

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  21. Mel, our deepest condolences on the passing of Jody. We are one of the many families in Calgary that were blessed with Jody’s commitment to the community hockey program. His and your tireless efforts gave us such love for the hockey rink and so many friends in Trails West. What a tremendous legacy of love for family and community service Jody has left. Our thoughts and prayers and Cody’s spirit are with your family.
    John, Jodi, Bret & Talia Bobenic

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  22. Jody was one of the most compassionate and caring coaches I have ever met. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to step in as his team’s trainer over the seasons. He was always so much fun to watch as a coach.
    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

    Nadine Groff

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  23. My wife says everything happens for a reason and I believe that more than ever now. As a family there was a certain frustration with hockey in general, that was until we had the privledge of meeting Jody. A no BS guy and just so easy to like. There has to be something we were missing, to our great pleasure there was not. As my son said a players coach as I can say a man’s man. After 2 years of coaches corner I will genuinely miss the following Day conversation of the game and its positives. His passion for the game was so refreshing to see, something that was not about himself at anytime but the Team all of the time. It seems that passion wasn’t only reserved for hockey but family and friends also. Mel I wish he was still in your arms instead of Gods. With respect Jim, Janice, Colin Mckay

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  24. I was deeply saddened by the news of Jody’s passing. Having the privilege of serving in hockey alongside Jody for several years was a true pleasure. Jody set an example for all with his undying support and encouragement. My son had not yet reached the age to be coached by Jody, which is truly our loss. To Mel, Sarah, Jason, Jody’s mom, Joey and family, my sincere condolences.

    Wayne Thomas

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  25. Brenda Minerson :

    Jody was my son, Owen’s coach. He was a great coach and great guy- generous and kind. He will surely be missed. I am so sorry for your loss.

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