August 6, 1940 – Calgary, AB
July 31, 2014 – Calgary, AB
Brian Larsen, beloved husband of Helen Larsen of Calgary, passed away peacefully on Thursday, July 31, 2014 with his family by his side at the age of 73 years.
Brian was predeceased by his father Harold, his Mother Margaret and older brother Bruce who passed as an infant. He was also predeceased by his Larsen grandparents and his Peterson grandparents as well as many Uncles, Aunts and cousins.
Brian has left a huge hole in the hearts of his family: his wife of almost fifty-two years, Helen; his son Curtis (Dena); his daughters, Traci (Roger) and Lisa; his precious grandchildren, granddaughters, Ashley (Darcy) and Danielle, and grandson Matthew. He also leaves to mourn him his brothers, Dereck (Yvonne) and Loren; sisters, Leanne (Bill) and Susan (Dorn); as well as many brothers and sisters-in-law. He leaves many nephews and nieces as well as many great-nephews and nieces. Brian has held, cuddled and loved many babies. He was always in awe of the miracle of life. No one loved Babies like Brian did.
Brian joined the Calgary Police Force January 1967. He retired April 1995. Brian had always been very active, running while on the force with his running buddy Phil Crosby, even running marathons. Phil and Brian were instrumental in starting the Police Half Marathon which is one of Calgary’s most popular runs. He curled and golfed for many years, and once retired golfed lots, sometimes 36 holes walking. He also curled 5 times a week as well as bonspiels enjoying the social aspect of the game. He remained reasonably healthy until about 2007 when he was diagnosed with Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis. He had been diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation/Flutter in 1998 getting his first of many pacemaker/difibrillators. Brian handled his problems with such dignity. He never felt sorry for himself or treated any of the many family members and health care professionals that looked after him with anything but true gratitude that came from the heart. He truly enjoyed everyday watching out the living room window as he devoured book after book after book, either hard copies or on his iPad. Both Brian and myself are so grateful to the many health care professionals that cared for him over these last years trying everything they had available to give us “Just One More Day”. Brian went into hospital one last time July 23rd and this time was different. The Doctors did everything humanly possible to help him once more fight the infection in his lungs. It was a very hard week for Brian, and in turn for his family watching him struggle to get enough oxygen. Brian passed peacefully at 6 p.m. on July 31st with his family by his side.
Rest in Peace, Papa. You have no idea how much you are and will be missed!
A Celebration of Brian’s Life will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #264 (1910 Kensington Road N.W.) on Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 1:00 pm. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com.
Flowers are gratefully declined. If friends so desire, donations can be made to the Calgary Health Trust Respiratory Research Program (#800, 11012 Macleod Trail S.W., Calgary, AB, T2J 6A5).
In living memory of Brian Larsen, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH, Telephone: 403-276-2296.Print This Obituary & Condolences