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WILSON, Brian Gordon

November 18, 1960 – Edmonton, Alberta
March 12, 2017 – Calgary, Alberta

Brian was one of those great people that everyone loved. Brian had autism but he made the most of life. He was the glue in the family that we all rallied around. Brian passed away due to complications from a car accident on Wednesday, February 22.

He was fun to be with and was interested in everything. His great love was sports of all kinds. He skied, played golf, basketball and soccer in the past and was currently playing slo-pitch, bowling and floor hockey all in the great Special Olympics programs. We would like to thank all the people who spend so much time coaching the Olympians. Somehow his favourite hockey team was the Maple Leafs. His family loved Brian deeply and tried to give him every chance for success. He was fortunate to go through Special Education classes in public, junior high and high school in Edmonton. Brian lived in Edmonton, Benghazi Libya, Regina and Calgary. He loved vacationing in Maui and was there often. Brian loved his job taking tickets at Westhills Cinema. As a result he was always seeing people he knew.

Brian leaves his mom and dad, Diana and Bill; his brother, Steven and wife Michele, Jeff and wife Rhonda and their sons, Mike, Scott and Brad (Jessica) as well as many other relatives.

A Gathering will be held at the Canyon Meadows Golf Club (12501 – 14 Street S.W., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, March 23, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. We would like to thank the nurses at Rockyview General Hospital for their care. Brian lived in his own condo for years and had some great caregivers, the latest being Alison Burk. They were all part of Vecova and we thank them. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Special Olympics Alberta (11759 Groat Road Edmonton, Alberta T5M 3K6, 1-800-444-2883, www.specialolympics.ca/alberta or Vecova (3304 – 33 Street N.W., Calgary, AB T2L 2A6), 403-284-1121, www.vecova.ca.

In living memory of Brian Wilson, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Park Memorial, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.

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  1. Hi my condolence to all of Brian’s Family Members! He was the most loving and kind person I’ve met in my life! I had the pleasure to work with him at the theatre and he made my day better! Just seeing him and hearing his “biuddy” just made everything better!! You will always be missed!

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  2. David Johnstone :

    From my family to yours we would ilke share our condolences

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  3. I coached Brian in softball for 5 years. Although it’s been nearly 8 years since that wonderful time in my life I remember SO many moments with Brian where he made me laugh and made my heart melt. I remember one occasion where Brian sat as my co pilot on the way to tournament and we spent hours talking about everything from sports to Johnny Cash. He was such a special human being, one of the absolute BEST. I am so sorry for your loss. I cannot imagine how profoundly you must be feeling right now. I am certain that every person that had the honour to spend time with Brian is better because of it. Please know from my family to yours we send all our love!

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  4. Sheila and Ross Nichols :

    My husband and I had the pleasure of coaching Brian in floor hockey for a few years. Brian was a kind and gentle soul and he epitomized the things that Special Olympics strives to build in their athletes–he played hard and liked to win, but was also gracious in defeat. The loss of Brian is a loss to us all. We will miss him. Our thoughts and prayers are with your family at this time.

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  5. I am so sorry for your loss. Alison was very lucky to work with Brian. He had a big heart and was always happy and eager to please. He will be missed as a ray of sunshine that filled a person’s heart.

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  6. Margie Stinton :

    We frequently attended movies at Westhills Cinema where Brian always greeted us with such a warm welcoming smile and kind positive words; he was a fine man and will be missed – may he rest in peace with God.

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  7. Theatre goers :

    We only knew Brian through his huge smile while taking tickets at Westhills theatre. We looked forward to seeing him every time because he just made the whole experience better with his enthusiastic greeting and infectious smile. We extend our condolences to his family – clearly he was a happy, engaged, wonderful human being who was well loved. We will miss him.

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  8. Jan and Neila Horejsi :

    We always looked for Brian whenever we were at the cinema, he did not know us but he always had a welcoming smile. That was one of his gifts that he shared with everyone. We know he was loved by countless people and that he will be missed. Our sincere sympathy.

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  9. Susan McConnell :

    Words can’t really express the sorrow I feel for you his family who had him in your lives forever. I want to give you a hug and squeeze your hands through this message. I have known Brian quite a while. My daughter started working at Westhills as a teenager and is 34 and a manager there now. Brian was so special to everyone there, staff and guests alike. I was blessed to have many visits with Brian over the years as he was always early for work and I was waiting around. I took 3 people to Special Olympics 10 pin bowling today. Word got around and they were were saddened at the loss of one of their own(their words). We were all graced by Brian’s life. He was so loved by so many. His was a life well lived. He is missed

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  10. Brenda Arseneault & Peter Ciavarella :

    Dear Wilson Family
    Our deepest condolences. We were saddened to hear of Brian’s passing.
    We loved to see Brian’s smiling face and he would always greet us at the theater with “Hi guys”…we would always ask about the movie choice …wanting Brian’s rating on the movie as we valued his opinion. We will miss his big bear hugs. Whenever we purchased a combo we would offer him the candy that came with ….he gladly accepted.
    He was such a special guy , such joy and we really loved his energy . He will be sorely missed by so many from the patrons from Westhills.

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  11. Rosemarie+lynndsay smeltzer :

    Rosemarie and lynndsay Smeltzer we got known brain in Floor hockey we enjoy have him part team and have as teammate over years he was like having a very special brother he look up to us for are leadership​ to very special friend with kind heart he had he will be deerly miss from aLL his floor hockey teammates and coaches never forgotten my heart goes out family and his mom and dad love from Smeltzers sisters

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  12. Theatre Goers II :

    My friend and I were also patrons of Westhills Cinema, and will always remember Brian with fondness. The last time our paths crossed, he gave us each a big hug — that will always be our special memory.

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  13. I only knew Brian through seeing him working at the Westhills theatre over the years but he definitely left an imprint on my heart. Every time I saw that Brian would be checking my ticket to go into the movies I’d be so happy because he was so friendly, kind and his smile was unforgettable. The last time I saw Brian I was 8.5 months pregnant and he took the time to walk me to the door of my movie theatre and opened both doors into the theatre for me! A heart of gold! I didn’t know much about Brian, but after reading his obituary my heart is warm knowing that his family was so invested in him and that he was so loved. May he rest in peace and may his family also find peace in this time of grief and sadness.

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  14. Joan and Gordon Holland :

    Joan and Gordon Holland offer their sincere condolences on the loss of your son Brian. It is indeed a tragedy. We can sincerely share in your sorrow having loss our son 20 years ago, there will always be a hole in your hearts. You were always so proud of Brian and all his accomplishments which you so eagerly helped him with and were always there for him. It is a great loss and we wish you peace in this time of grief and in the months to come. Blessings Kelly and Dutch

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  15. Andre Perdue :

    My name is Andre. My wife Julia and I are very saddened to hear of the loss of Brian. Julia and I were not a big part of Brian’s life however every time we went to the movies in Westhills, his bright smile and friendly, loving personality left the warmest feelings in our hearts.

    We are so very sorry to Brian’s family for their loss, and offer our deepest condolences. We will be keeping them in our prayers.

    God bless, and we pray that Brian rests easy.
    With love, Julia and Andre.

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  16. Matthew Duckett :

    I knew Brian from baseball and hockey. I liked that Brian was kind and a nice guy. I will miss him. Sorry for your loss. God bless.

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  17. I would like to offer my deepest sympathies on behalf of the Day family. Allison was sad to hear that her friend Brian was gone. He was such a cheerful and enthusiastic person and his dedication to sports was quite amazing. Our sincere condolences: Kerry, Maureen, Shannon, Mary Kay and Allison Day.

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  18. Shelley Cooper :

    I am so sorry for your loss. It was such a pleasure to have Brian living with us in the “Glenbrook Hood” and he always had such a big smile and was a huge presence. He always had a hug for you when we’d see him at the theatre. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.

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  19. Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas :

    Our sincere condolences from Brian’s Cineplex family at Cineplex Odeon Westhills Cinemas. In honour of his memory, a donation has been made to Special Olympics Alberta.

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  20. My husband and I are frequent patrons at the Westhills Theatre and Brian was more often then not there to greet us “Hey guys!” and a big hug! Brian always had a smiling face, a good movie review if you needed one and a helping hand for those who needed it. He had a heart of gold and his uplifting attitude always made our movie experiences that much better! We were just at the movies on Friday and his absence was definitely felt. We will miss him at Westhills and my condolences to his family.

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  21. The Henry Family :

    We would like to offer our condolences to all of the family. Like many others, we knew Brian only from the Westhills theatre. His smile radiated joy and enthusiasm, and we were always so happy to see him working there. He will be missed, and remembered.
    Our sincere sympathies at this very sad time.

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  22. Jodie Schreiner :

    Sending hugs and lots of love to Wilson family. Thank you for raising such a kind loving soul. We all have been blessed to have Brian in our life. Not only was he a big man but his heart and smile were even bigger. Always greeting me with that big grin and hug at Floor hockey and Softball. His giggle was contagious. Also sending love to Alison. You are all in my thoughts.

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  23. The Becker Family :

    I am so sorry to hear about your beautiful Brian whom I have had the pleasure of seeing at the Westhills Theatres for so many years … since it opened really. Brian always put a smile on my face and he was the best “hugger” and even got hugs from my husband who is not a hugger at all! My daughter and I always made a point of saying hello to him because he had a way of making us feel so good with his big smiles and genuine love for everyone! I remember Brian was so proud when he got his “pin” for working so long at the theatre and wore it proudly and always ran to open the door for ladies when he was not too busy. He most certainly had a wonderful gift to share with us all and we will miss seeing him.

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  24. Bob & Patty Lee :

    We always loved seeing Brian in his work at the Westhills theatre. He had a great smile and always greeted us with “Hi Buddy!” Our family is very saddened by the news and we will miss seeing him at the theatre. Our sincere condolences to Brian’s family and friends.

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  25. I have frequented Cineplex Westhills for years and though I did not know Brian apart from our brief interactions at the ticket booth, I was deeply touched by his kindness, enthusiasm, genuine smile and overall zest for life. There are very few people we meet in passing throughout our lives that leave a lasting impact, but Brian never failed to make my day brighter each time I saw him, and just thinking of him brings a smile to my face and joy to my heart. My deepest condolences go out to all of his loved ones, especially his family. May you find strength in this difficult time and comfort knowing how many people Brian had an impact on in his life. Take care.

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  26. Amanda Davenport :

    I had the opportunity to work with Brian at Vecova. Brian had a great spirit and was a great friend to his friends at Vecova. Brian love to be chatty and tell jokes/be funny. Brian loved his job and worked very hard at it and showed. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
    Thank you for touching our lives Brian.
    Amanda Davenport

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  27. Linda MacDonald :

    My sincere sympathy to Brian’s family…he truly was a person that
    everyone loved! I worked at the SAIT Library for many years and
    Thursday nights I worked until 9:00pm. Every Thursday evening
    I would have a conversation with Brian. I would tease him about
    me wanting his autograph because “Brian Wilson” was a famous person. He laughed..but I never did get an autograph! I frequently told him about the antics of my many pets.
    I was very upset when I found out Brian was gone from SAIT and then very happy
    that he had found another job. I couldn’t believe it..there he was at the
    theatre! I gave him a big hug and reminded him that he was a very
    famous person indeed! God bless you Brian..you brought a smile to
    my face at the end of a long day at work. I hope I brought one to yours.

    Theatre, so I gave him a big hug.

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  28. Bob and Pat Cooper :

    Gordon family. You don’t know us but we knew Brian or Gordon ….sadly, we never took the time to learn his name …but looked for him at the Westhills theatres every time we went there. He seemed to get a kick out of being called “Hi Big Guy” and always returned our hello with a giant smile, giggle and sometimes a handshake or hug and a little conversation. Our movie going experience will be just a little diminished from now on. We are deeply saddened by your loss.

    So long “Big Guy!!”

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  29. Brian was such a go-getter. We did lots of shopping together, trips to West Ed. Could barely keep up with him. But always that great smile. You were always greeted with such warmth. Miss you, guy! My prayers are with the family in such a difficult time.

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  30. Josh and April Groberman :

    Hi Wilson family – I hope this finds you well,

    For many years we have frequented the Westhills movie theatre. Some of our first dates were there. Seen many movies – lots of good memories. Brian was always such a great pal. Big smile and boy were we always happy to see him. He gave us high fives and hugs everytime we came by! Most recently(about a month ago), I took my 3 year old son to his first movie ever. He was so excited to walk up to Brian and give him his movie ticket and Brian was so great to my son. They smiled at eachother…a special moment i will never forget.

    Brian was a wonderful, happy and big loving man and we are so lucky to have had the opportunity to have known him.

    Thank you for his blessing and we extend our most heartfelt condolences.

    Thank you Brian for letting me be your “buddy”–you will always be ours!

    Josh Groberman

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  31. Theatre Goer. :

    Our sincere sympathy to Brian’s family and friends. We had the pleasure of meeting Brian while he enjoyed his job as a ticket taker at the Westhills Cinema. It was such a pleasurable experience to see him there greeting us with such enthusiasm and that wonderful smile of his. He will be greatly missed. What a true example of love for us all to have experienced. Thank you for sharing your love Brian, our lives have been enriched because of you.

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  32. Kari Pearson :

    I had the pleasure of working with Brian doing sleepovers at his house, coaching him at Special Olympics in Bowling, being in the stands during Special Olympics baseball cheering him on and seeing him at the movie theatre as a customer. I loved seeing Brian and getting one of his loving and caring hugs no matter where I was.
    Brian was a gentle giant, a very kind man with the biggest heart. He was pure love, an angel without his wings. I am just so saddened that I will never get another hug, another chance to tell him how much he made my day.
    I send all my thoughts and prayer to the Wilson Family at this very difficult time. Brian touch a lot of people with his kindness and gentle spirit and you must feel very proud that your son grew up to be the loving man he was.
    Brian you earned your Angel wings please no how much you are missed and loved.

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  33. Dorothy Badry :

    To Brian’s Family and Friends,
    Brian has a special place in my heart and I called him a friend. I met Brian many years ago while working at Vecova and I am also a regular patron at Westhills theatre. Brian was the best at his job and all these comments speak to the true heart and spirit of a man who deeply enriched the lives of others and the community. I witnessed the gentle way that Brian cared for all the people he worked with at the theatre and the patrons and I know how deeply his loss is felt. I am truly grateful for knowing Brian – he enriched my life through his presence, kindness and for simply being himself. My condolences to everyone who feels this loss and especially to his family. Your son and brother was a true community builder and I will miss him deeply.

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  34. I feel so blessed to have been able to work with Brian … to this day I call the show Survivor – Revivor because thats how he said it. I smile when I think of the times he used the top of my head as an arm rest. Brian taught me that when your favorite song comes on you just need to get up and dance. My heart hurts for you all and you all are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. ❤

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  35. Cheryl and Rick Bumphrey :

    We are going to miss seeing Brian at the Westhills Theatre. We are frequent movie-goers, and always looked forward to seeing Brian there with his huge smile and friendly greeting. No other theatre in Calgary was lucky enough to have someone like Brian working for them. He will be missed for sure!

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  36. Transit rider and theatre goer :

    Dear family of Brian: Just read in the newspaper about Brian’s death. Feeling sad reading this news but also elated by reading the condolences about Brian’s kind ways and interaction with others. A wonderful son you have raised. Never new Brian’s name but do recall him boarding the #13 Bus [now a different bus number]. Brian so cheerful and energetic. Imagine he was heading to work at Westhills Theatre, where we often saw him greeting the guests.
    May the messages of condolences’ from ‘strangers’ help your hearts heal, knowing your beloved son made a difference in our lives. Thank you.

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  37. Lori Cornwell :

    Sorry to here about the loss of your son. He was known as one of the best bowlers in special Olympics!!! Our team that is going to Medicine Hat for the provincials will play in his memory. Your friend and team mate Lori Cornwell

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  38. Muriel Bates :

    My deepest condolences on Brian’s passing. I remember him well from the days he lived across the street from me on Leeson.Court. Brian always had a smile on his face, was cheerful and one genuinely happy young men. I would see him head off to his job at SAIT – not an easy bus ride from our area and come home late at night. When I ran into him at Westhills one afternoon, his face lit up. with the wonderful big smile that was always present and I was in receipt of one of the biggest hugs – he was so proud of his job and took great delight in telling me all about it. For me, knowing Brian was an honor and a privilege – he certainly touched so many lives and left a lasting Impression om every one of the,

    Diana and Bill you will miss your son immensely but you can take some comfort from the many heartfelt tributes to Brian and the many lives he touched with his warm gentle spirit.

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  39. Sharon Griffiths :

    Sad to hear of Brian’s passing – to spend time with Brian was to know joy.

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  40. I am so sorry for your loss. I will keep Brian and your family you in my prayers.

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  41. I am very sorry to hear about Brian. I was blessed to have worked with Brian a few years ago through Vecova. He will be truly missed. My thoughts and prayers are with Brian and his family.

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  42. To the Wilson Family

    The tributes posted here and all the people at the service today speaks volumes about how loved and respected Brian was. We hope time will heal your broken hearts.

    Rich & Betty Nash

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  43. Cheryl Macelli :

    Brian was one of my most favorite people to work with at the theater and it was an honor to spend a part of my life around him. Such an upstanding man. I am thankful to him for his kindness, grateful for his friendship and will miss him.

    A donation has been sent to Vecova in his memory.

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