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BRIAN PETER VANDETTE (published on June 26, 2010)



BRIAN PETER VANDETTE It is with great sadness we announce the sudden and unexpected passing of Brian (Big Bri) Vandette, at the Grace Hospital Sunday, June 20, 2010 at the age of 52. Brian was predeceased by his parents John and Dorothy Vandette, father-in-law Elmer Williams and numerous aunts and uncles. He is survived and will be greatly missed by Ruth, his loving wife of 27 years, and beloved children, daughter Rachel (Tim), son John (Emily), mother-in-law Jane Williams and numerous cousins. He will also be deeply missed by his bearded dragons, Thunder and Lightning. Brian was born in Winnipeg on June 10, 1958 and spent most of his early life living in Weston. He attended Pinkham School, Weston School, Cecil Rhodes School numbers 1 and 2, and graduated from Daniel McIntyre Collegiate Institute in 1976. After trying Red River College for a year and deciding a career in business was not for him, Brian began working for the City of Winnipeg in 1978. Working his way from a seasonal construction worker to a Level 2 foreman, he was still working with the city at the time of his death. Some of his oldest friends were his co-workers there. Growing up he played baseball, basketball, volleyball but his first love was always football. He played for the Weston Wildcats, the Hawkeyes, and the St. Vital Mustangs. Summers were spent at Winnipeg Beach with his parents, grandparents and Dorothy's brother's family. Being an only child, Brian adopted Cliff, Jojo and Gerri as his older brother and sisters. Brian had a large family of uncles, aunts and cousins on his dad's side but as they all lived in the east or west, he did not see them often but always enjoyed seeing and visiting them when possible. Brian also stayed in touch with his childhood friend Ray as he moved around Canada and the United States with his job. Brian and Ruth began dating in 1972 on a school trip to eastern Canada and were married on June 4, 1983. His greatest joys were his beautiful children Rachel and John. Brian did a great job raising them. Recently he had begun to say our job as parents was done and how much he enjoyed spending time with them as adults and not just because they are our children. As they grew he began coaching, first ringette, then hockey and finally lacrosse. He enjoyed coaching field lacrosse so much he was still coaching at Westwood Collegiate even though John had graduated two years ago. When coaching he always tried to allow everyone to play and develop their skills. Brian felt the worst part of coaching was cutting players from a team. Brian loved animals and always had pets, mostly dogs, but in the last few years had downsized to Bearded Dragons. Summers were spent at Ruth's family's cottage in Ingolf, Ontario, enjoying the lake and all the special people there. Whether it was helping the neighbours, having cocktails on the dock, playing cards in the evening, fishing, or winning tug-of-wars; lake life was very special to Brain. The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff in the E.R. at the Grace Hospital for their care of Brian. Brian We love you and miss you. Funeral service 10:30 a.m., Monday, June 28, at Bardal Funeral Home, 843 Sherbrook Street, interment Brookside Cemetery. BARDAL Funeral Home and Crematorium 843 Sherbrook Street, 774-7474 Parking behind funeral home Condolences www.bardal.ca


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