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Born: Aug 14, 1947

Date of Passing: Aug 10, 2022

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Brian Parkhurst passed away August 10, 2022.
He was born to parents, Mary and Kelvin Parkhurst in Trail, BC, August 14, 1947. He graduated from Viscount Bennett High School in Calgary, and went on to earn a gold medal in the Faculty of Commerce at the University of Manitoba. He then became a CMA and spent most of his career in commercial banking predominantly at TD Bank. He spent time with the bank in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, and Saskatoon where he and his gregarious sense of humour made their mark. Throughout his post secondary education and career, he kept a strong connection with his poker group that remained buddies for over 50 years.
Brian and Donna were married in 1970, and raised two children together, parted amicably and have remained friends since their 1989 divorce. Brian was then fortunate enough to find love a second time and married Evie a decade later, developing a parental role with her two daughters as well. They loved travelling, wintered in Mexico, and later Arizona and treasured their Grand Beach time every summer.
Brian is survived by his four children, Sherry Gard (Jayson), Jim Parkhurst (Amanda), Kelly Beech, Kacey Anderson (Alicia), grandchildren, Jack, Luke, Matthew, Graham, Kirbee and Charlie, as well as his two sisters, Barbara Fraser, Allison Stefanyshyn (Richard), brother-in-law Jerry Ilchyna and their families. He was predeceased by his parents, Mary and Kelvin Parkhurst, and his sister Gerry Ilchyna.
Brian was known for his love of sports, news, politics, and storytelling abilities. He had a new joke, quip, story, or family accolade to share with anyone he met. As he had health challenges for numerous years, the extensive medical staff he encountered were no doubt treated to the same.
Warmest thanks to Doctors T. Buchel, S. Armstrong, J. Embil, V. Woo, M. Raabe, J. Enns, T. Tufescu, G. Eschun, B. McCarthy, the multitude of multidisciplinary staff at Seven Oaks, St. Boniface Hospital, and Health Sciences Centre that took the time to share a chuckle with him while providing excellent care
A Celebration of Life Wake will be held Monday, August 15 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Norwood Community Centre, 87 Walmer Street. We hope you have an anecdote to share.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice - The Kidney Foundation, Diabetes Canada, and the Heart and Stroke Foundation are important to our family.

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Aug 13, 2022

Condolences & Memories (7 entries)

  • Brian did my family’s taxes for the past 10+ years. He was always friendly, a great story teller and had good advice. I always looked forward to our visits as there was never a dull moment. My deepest condolences to all of Brian’s family and friends. He was a gem and will be greatly missed. - Posted by: Lindsay Forsyth (Client ) on: Aug 19, 2022

  • Evie thinking of you and your family during this very sad time. Sincere condolences. - Posted by: Joan Burban (Friend) on: Aug 17, 2022

  • Sincere condolences Sherry and family. Sue and Denis Steed - Posted by: Denis and Suzanne Steed (Friends) on: Aug 15, 2022

  • Very sad to hear of Brian’s passing. We were students at The School of Commerce, U of M and I remember Brian’s sense of humour and love of a good time. Although we lost touch after our University days he will always be remembered as a friend who brightened our days. Sincere sympathy to his family. - Posted by: Frances Kuypers (Copeland) (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2022

  • So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. I went to the School of Commerce with Brian and although I lost touch with him after graduation I have always remembered him fondly as a good friend and a good man. He made you laugh. Just thinking of him still brings a smile to my face even after 50+ years - surely a sign of someone who made world a brighter place. Condolences to his family. - Posted by: Margaret Campbell (Friend) on: Aug 15, 2022

  • Brian did have a new joke to tell every day! I worked with Brian at TD bank. He was a very proud CMA as as a mentor encouraged me to continue my education and become a CMA. Brian brightened every room he entered. - Posted by: Brian Moist (Former Colleague) on: Aug 14, 2022

  • Our sincere sympathies to Evie, Kacey, Kelly, Sherry & Jim. Thinking of you and your families. Suzanne & Al Turner - Posted by: Suzanne & Al Turner (Friends) on: Aug 13, 2022

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