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RIZZOLI, Bryan Charles

February 18, 1949 – February 6, 2012

Bryan passed away on Monday, February 6 at 5:35 a.m. at Rosedale Hospice at the age of 62. He was a brave and gentle man who fought a courageous and valiant battle against bladder cancer. He passed away peacefully with the same dignity and grace in which he lived his life. He was a much loved husband, father, grandfather, son, brother and brother-in-law. While it was with heavy hearts that we watched him go, our hearts are calmed to see an end to his suffering.

Bryan is survived, and lovingly remembered, by his wife Jane; son Dru (Nadine); daughter Eryn (Jason); and his newly born grandson Adym. He is also survived and will be greatly missed by his parents Marguerite and Rene; sisters, Pat (Earle), Marilyn (Harvey) and Cathy (Dan); sister-in-law Wendy (Rolf); brothers-in-law Glenn (Sandy), David (Tinca) and Robert (Marj); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Bry was born in Lac La Biche, Alberta then moved with his family to Teslin, Watson Lake, Grande Prairie and Whitehorse until his family settled in Calgary in 1967. From 1967 to 1970 Bryan attended Simon Fraser University and it was later he received his RIA (CMA) designation through the University of Calgary. In December of 1971 Bryan met Jane and they were married on August 26, 1972. Bryan was very proud to have spent most of his career in Business Planning at Parks Canada where he met many life-long friends. Bryan led an active life playing baseball, volleyball and hockey during the week nights. On weekends he enjoyed great hikes in the mountains, travelling in his fifth wheel with Jane, volunteering at the Calgary Drop-in Centre and Centre Street Church; most of all he enjoyed having Sunday supper with his children. Bryan loved family and friends with his whole heart and he has passed the best of himself on through Dru and Eryn who he was so very proud of.

Jane, Dru, and Eryn would like to give their heartfelt thanks to their families and to all their amazing friends who have been there for them throughout this journey. We couldn’t have made it through without your support; we thank you from the very bottom of our hearts.

We would like to acknowledge the support of the Tom Baker Cancer Centre for their expertise and Rosedale Hospice where Bryan spent his final days receiving compassion with the most amazing care.

A Celebration of Bryan’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY’S, Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Monday, February 27, 2012 at 2:30 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, in lieu of flowers, memorial tributes may be made directly to the Rosedale Hospice, 1245 – 70 Avenue S.E., Calgary, AB T2H 2X8Telephone: (403) 263-4525, www.hospicecalgary.com or to the Canadian Cancer Society, Bladder Cancer Research, 200 – 325 Manning Rd. N.E., Calgary, AB T2E 2P5 Telephone: (403) 205-3966, email: donorservices@cancer.ab.ca.

In living memory of Bryan Rizzoli, a tree will be planted at Big Hill Springs Park Cochrane by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Chapel of the Bells, 2720 CENTRE STREET NORTH Telephone: (403) 276-2296.

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  1. My sympathy is with you in this time of greiving, my thoughts are with his family, newly grandson Adym, and his Mother Marguerite and Dad Rene.

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  2. Our family would like to pass on our deepest condolences to the Rizzoli family. Dru has been one of my closest friends for the past 20 years and we feel a great amount of sorrow for him and his family in this somber time. We hope the wonderful memories will outweigh the grief and allow for a celebration of Bryan’s legacy rather than a lingering sense of loss.

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  3. Michael and Rachelle McIntee :

    Jane and Family
    We just received the news of Bryan’s passing. Sorry that we will not be able to attend Bryan’s celebration of life but we will think of him when we visit Big Hill Springs Park. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Rachelle and Mike

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  4. Jean-Paul Bourget :

    My heartfelt condolences to Jane, Dru, Eryn and everyone. Wishing I could be there.

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  5. Cornell Wynnobel :

    So very sorry to hear about Bryan’s passing. He was one of the “good guys” in the Regional Office of Parks Canada and his presence will be missed. Our thoughts are with you Jane.

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  6. Ferdy Doreleyers :

    Just learned of Brian’s passing from common friend and co-worker Stu. So sorry to hear about this. I had known Bryan for many years at Parks Canada (I worked in Ottawa) and greatly enjoyed his company and cooperation in many projects and the kind of work we were both involved in. I met Bryan and his family once when they invited me to dinner many years ago. Our condolences go out to his family in this time of sadness. I will remember Bryan always the way he was when I knew him, a friend, a gentleman and a dedicated co-worker.

    Ottawa

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  7. Jane and family
    Sorry to hear of the loss of your husband and father. My thoughts are with you.

    Karen Bennett

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  8. Jane and family
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. We will all miss Bryan but our memories will keep his smile and stories near.
    Beth and Bob Weaver

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  9. Kathy & I express our heart-felt condolences to Jane and the family. Bryan and I worked together in the parks office and there are many memories of those days and with the PHCS activities after retirement. He will be missed not only by family but by many of his associates.

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  10. Steve Whittingham :

    Jane and family, I was greatly saddened to hear of Byran’s passing. I have many fond memories of playing volleyball and baseball with Bryan. He was such a gentle soul with a great sense of humour. He was kind and generous. I always looked forward to spending time with him.

    I know your pain is deep right now, but hopefully with the passing of time it will ease and you will remember him for all the wonderful things he represented. Take care. My thoughts are with you.

    Steve Whittingham

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  11. Jane and family,we are so sorry for your loss, our thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Danny & Anna Corbett

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  12. Lori and Terry Urichuk :

    Jane,
    We are saddened by your loss. Our thoughts and condolences go to you and your family.

    Lori and Terry

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  13. The Hamilton Family :

    Rene, Marguerite, Jane, Pat, Marilyn, Cathy and all the Rizzoli families…
    Our hearts open up to all of you as we share in your pain and sorrow from Bryan’s passing. The love and parallels between our two families will continue on forever.Bryan eternally remains within us.
    Much love.
    Bill, Bobb, and Jan.

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  14. Bev and Roy Barnes :

    Dearest Jane and family,
    May our thoughts and prayers give you strength during this very difficult time. It is an honour to have known Bry/Boy as our friend and we will always remember all the good times with him. Please know that we are always here for you.

    Big hugs,
    Bev and Roy Barnes and family

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  15. Jane and family,

    I was deeply saddened to learn that Bryan had passed away. Bryan and I worked together in the ’90s in Calgary. He was a person of integrity, humour and humanity, who I greatly respected. My most sincere condolences at this difficult time.

    Doug Stewart

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  16. Jackie Greig (Bourget) :

    The deep sadness reflects the love you shared.
    Sadness will turn to smiles for the memories from a life well lived and enjoyed.
    My thoughts are with you.

    Hugs and love you all.
    Jackie and Stan Greig

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  17. Terry and Joan Quinton :

    We were saddened to learn of Bryan’s passing. For many years, he shared his financial expertise with us, as co-workers, here in Waterton Lakes National Park. We have appreciated his professionalism, sense of humor, quiet manner, pleasant personality and friendship. Please accept our condolences. We wish the best for you and your family during this very difficult time.

    Terry and Joan

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  18. Jane and Family. I’m so sad to learn that Brian has left us at such a young age. He was widely known and liked by his many colleagues at Parks Canada, and I enjoyed knowing him later through the Parks Heritage Conservation Society. Sue and I share our deepest condolences with your family at this time of loss.

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  19. Sandy and Howard Adams :

    Jane, Dru and Eryn and families,
    So sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. He was such a lovely man. Our thoughts are certainly with you at this time.

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  20. Ray and Gladys Hodgson :

    So sorry to hear of Brians passing, Our thoughs and prayers are with you and your family

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  21. Caetano de Menezes and family :

    Bryan was a colleague at work for many years. He was very helpful, courteous and the portrait of his smiling face reminds of the familiar friendly person I knew. I am sadden to learn of his death.

    He is at rest in the eternal peace of the faithful and I pray to the Lord, Almighty God, to comfort all who mourn his death.

    To the family, our sincere condolences.
    Caetano de Menezes and family

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  22. My prayers are with your family as you mourn and as you celebrate his life. May thoughts of your time together warm your hearts and bring you peace and consolation.

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  23. Randy Mitchell :

    Jane and Family. I was saddened to learn that Bryan had passed away. He was a good friend for many years. We worked together in the Calgary office and played many spirited games of ice hockey and floor hockey together. My memories of Bryan are vivid. He was soft spoken, yet determined, with a fine sense of humour and very supportive at work. He was a great guy to be around. Judy and I pass on our sincere condolences.

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  24. Garry and Marnee Scott :

    Jane and Family. We were saddened to learn Bryan had passed away. He was an invaluable support to me at work. Our prayers have been with you all. Marnee recalls all of your kindness to our family Jane. She and I wish to pass on our sincere condolences.

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  25. George Sigvaldason :

    Jane and Family;

    It is with great sadness to learn of Bryan’s passing. I always appreciated his humour and integrety, as well as his incrediable tech/computer skills and knowledge.

    Our thoughts are with you at this time. Please accept my sincere condolences.

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  26. Dear Jane and family – It was a pleasure knowing Bryan as a work colleague. I will remember his patience, sense of humour and sage advice. Thinking of you all in this time of sadness.

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  27. Don & Shirley Parfett :

    We were saddened to hear of Bryan’s passing. He was just a great guy and Don enjoyed working with him and we enjoyed his friendship. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family

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  28. Dear Jane and family
    My thoughts are with you at this time Mrs. Rizzolli. May you find comfort in fond memories.
    Kristen Couch (nee Wilken) and family

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  29. I knew Bryan for most of my working career both on the construction of the Calgary airport terminal in the mid 70’s through to his work with Parks Canada from the 80’s through to his retirement. I considered him more a friend than a colleague and will miss his humility, his friendly disposition and of course, his wit and humour. Jane and family, please accept my sincerest condolences at this difficult time.

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  30. Jane, Dru, Erin and family,
    Sandy and I were very sorry to hear of Bryan’ passing. I am sure you have so many wonderful memories that will help you through this time of sadness.
    Our sincere condolences,
    Donna and Sandy

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  31. Lillian Heather :

    Dear Rizzoli Family,
    We are grieved to hear of Bryan’s passing and want you know you are in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days. May God comfort you in this time of deep sorrow.
    Mrs. Lillian Heather and son Larry.

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  32. Sandra Thirlwell :

    Dear Jane: My thoughts are with you and your family at this time of loss.
    Very sincere sympathy to all of you.

    Sandra Thirlwell

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  33. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this sad time.
    Sincere sympathy,
    Jan

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  34. Riz – The Christmas party DJ! – The guy who lived in the town our daughter is named after – We’ll miss that big grin that always burst across your face. Be well old friend. We’ll see you on the other side.

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  35. John and Dalphine van de Walle :

    I first met Bryan when we worked together in the early ’70’s at the airport and then again at Parks in Calgary and Kootenay. He was always a joy to be around.

    “Death leaves a heartache no one can heal, love leaves a memory no one can steal.” From a Headstone in Ireland

    Please accept our most heartfelt sympathies for your loss . . . our thoughts are with you and your family during this difficult time.

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  36. Justyna and Family :

    Our condolences go out to your family. I hope you find peace in the wonderful memories you share.

    You are in our thoughts and prayers.

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  37. AuraLee Weinberger :

    Dear Jane and family:

    I was so sorry to hear of Bryan’s passing. I will always have fond memories of working together at Parks Canada. He was a very kind and gentle man with a great sense of humor.

    Our thoughts are with you during this very difficult time.

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  38. RN on unit 47 :

    I was a nurse on Unit 47 at the Foothills hospital and Bryan was one of my favourite patients as he was always sweet and easy going and made me laugh. I’ll always remember him with fondness as he made my job enjoyable.

    Jane I give you big hugs.

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