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BRIAN KEITH GRIFFITHS (published on October 06, 2008)

BRIAN KEITH GRIFFITHS On Friday, October 3, 2008, Brian passed away peacefully after a lengthy illness at his home, where he wanted to be, with loved ones around him. Brian leaves to mourn, his wife Donna (nee Peirce) and his daughter Brenda (Mike) Fayant; grandsons, Keith, Kyle, Kenton, Kristopher, granddaughter Kassandra; grandson Dennis (Robin) Foley; great-grandsons, Jordan and Gavin of Thompson; sister Jeanne (Donald) Laycock of Battleford, SK; twin brother, Bruce (Diana) Griffiths of Kitimat, BC; special nephews, Danny and Robbie Laycock; special niece Shelby Frank of Saskatoon and their families; his in-laws, the Peirce family, aunts, uncles and cousins. He was predeceased his parents, William and Lavina Griffiths, daughter Debbie Foley and grandson T.J. Foley. Brian was born on June 15, 1942 in Battleford, SK. He left home at an early age, moving to Saskatoon and working at a variety of jobs. He married Denise Marcereau in 1959 and they had two daughters together. In 1963, Debbie his first daughter was born in Saskatoon. In 1965 he read that great things were happening in Thompson, so he moved there to work at Inco Mines. His family followed him in February of 1966. In March, his second daughter, Brenda was born. Brian and Denise divorced in 1972. In 1973, Brian married Donna Peirce of Winnipeg. They enjoyed life to the fullest, traveling to many hot destinations. They were avid skiers in their years together and went to many different locations, the Rocky Mountains, Banff, Whistler, Montana and the Okanogan Valley. Brian worked with the Army Cadet Corps in Thompson for many years helping youth. He attained the rank of Captain in the last years with the Corp. Brian also cherished the time spent with his grandchildren. In 1986, Brian and Donna bought the orange pumpkin from the Peirce family and transformed it into their retirement home. Due to health problems, Brian retired from Inco and moved to Grand Marais to continue to work on our dreamhome in 1995. He also enjoyed helping out in the community whenever he could, in this short timeframe, he developed many close friendships. The family would like to say a special thank you to Betty, Gerry, Ken, Shirley, Gordie, Lorraine, George, Sheila, Jeff, Tilly and to all his close friends, and all those that we may have not mentioned that have helped him over the years. Our greatest appreciation to Jim and Marilyn for all the years of help and support, and for being there for Brian when he had his heart attack. Special thanks to the Homecare nurses and respite workers, his cousin Colleen for her help and support. And to his very special friend the late George Rooswinkel (and their four legged buddy Taishi), with whom he spent many hours, talking, laughing, drinking coffee, riding around in Big Blue and then needing to go home for a nap. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday, October 7 at 3:30 p.m. in the Gilbart Funeral Chapel in Selkirk with cremation to follow. Burial will follow at a later date in Titanic, SK with his daughter and grandson. A celebration of his life will also be held in Battleford, SK on October 10, 11 and 12th. Gilbart Funeral Home, Selkirk in care of arrangements.

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