I am heartbroken to announce that my brother, Brian Melville Amy of Coleman, AB passed away on January 5, 2019 after a brief struggle with pancreatic cancer and complications from diabetes.
Brian was preceded in death by his parents, Jim Amy and Caroline Amy (Née: Schnell), and his dear friend, Jack Foster whom he loved like a brother.
Brian is survived by his loving sister, Sharron Amy of Winnipeg, MB who was with him during his brief illness, and his dear friend, Linda Latter of Calgary, AB.
Brian was born in Winnipeg, MB on December 7, 1945. He left Winnipeg at an early age to try and find employment in BC. After several years, Brian found his true calling when he decided to pursue a career in the pipefitting trade. Brian worked and studied very hard to obtain his ticket. This would have been Brian’s fiftieth year as a member of the U.A. Local 496 Calgary, AB. He was very proud of his accomplishments. He was a very dedicated employee with a strong work ethic.
While working in the Crowsnest Pass and visiting his friend, Jack, Brian so loved the area that he made the decision to buy a house. In 1995 he purchased his home. He called us and we had never heard him so excited. He told Mom that he had finally found his inner peace. He was in his element riding his quad, camping and fishing. Brian had always talked about wanting a dog that he could do all the things he loved to do with. That dream came true in 2005 when he got his beautiful border collie, Katie. From that day on, the two were inseparable. Katie was a one-man dog. She loved being in the truck along side Brian, and loved the outdoors, too. Also in 2005 while working at a job site, Brian worked alongside a new co-worker named Jason. Although there was a thirty-five year age difference, they had an immediate connection and established an everlasting friendship. Jason moved to the Crowsnest Pass in 2010. Through Jason, Brian found a new love of hunting. He always talked about how they would get stuck in the snow and about the “Excellent Hunting Adventure of Brian and Jason”. He truly admired and loved Jason. He was like a son to Brian.
I want to thank all the nurses and health care professionals at the Crowsnest Pass Health Care Centre for all their care, concern and kindness during Brian’s illness. I want to say a special thank you to Dr. J. Maritz for the compassion and respect you showed my brother. Your support will never be forgotten. I am so grateful for Brian’s friends who showed him so much love during his difficult time. Words cannot express how much I appreciate all you did for him. Thank you Jason and Rita, Juanita and Willie, John, Lannie, Ron and Jillian. He loved your visits. He was truly blessed to have your friendship.
Brian touched and affected many lives. He had a great sense of humour, was funny, and had a big heart. His sweet Katie is by his side. They are together on their new journey.
“I will love you forever and always Bubby.”
With respect for Brian’s wishes, a private family service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations will be gratefully accepted by the Crowsnest Pass S.P.C.A. (PO Box 725, Blairmore, AB T0K 0E0). Condolences may be registered at www.fantinsfuneralchapel.ca.
Fantin’s Funeral Chapel entrusted with the arrangements. (403) 562-8555