18 October, 1944 – 30 June, 2020
Brian Raymond Cormier passed away peacefully at Agapé Hospice in Calgary on Tuesday, June 30, 2020 at the age of 75 years.
Brian was born in Calgary and moved with his Air Force father, Flt. Lieutenant Raymond Cormier, and his mother, Dorothy (Nuttall) Cormier to Vancouver, North Bay, Portage-la-Prairie, and Cold Lake. He was a great storyteller and often held court about his adventures in all those places, from his first memories of Sea Island in Vancouver, to the deep cold of North Bay, the Air Force huts in Portage-la-Prairie and the small plane adventures out of Cold Lake.
Brian studied geology at NAIT in the 1960s and graduated as a geological technician. He walked out of the bush after a particularly grueling summer of isolation as a geology tech and found work with British Petroleum and the Institute of Sedimentary and Petroleum Geology. He also enjoyed his time working with the Department of Indian Affairs. In 1972 he met the love of his life, Dale Sime, and they enjoyed life together until her death in 2009. During these years, Brian found another passion: classic and model cars. Brian was a tireless volunteer for the TableTop Model Club, the Northern Mopars Auto Club, the Alberta Pioneer Auto Club, and the Packards Club of Alberta. His friendships from those clubs were extensive, and his passionate role in each will be difficult to match. In the past few years, Brian joined Advent Lutheran Church and found many new friends in that congregation.
Brian was also an enthusiastic volunteer with the Chartwell Colonel Belcher Seniors Residence, where he met his partner Vivian Hansen.
Brian is lovingly remembered by his sister Rena Drezdoff (Vancouver); his nephew David Drezdoff; Colleen Miller (Jim White) and their families – Cole Drezdoff, William (Penny) and Garret White. He is also sadly missed by his partner Vivian Hansen, and her daughter Alexis (Derek Bosch), and Jacob Bosch to whom he became a loving grandfather. He is predeceased by his wife Dale Anne Cormier, father Raymond Cormier and mother Dorothy Nuttall Cormier.
A private service will be held at FOSTER’S GARDEN CHAPEL, 3220 – 4 Street N.W., Calgary (across from Queen’s Park Cemetery) with the Reverend Daranne Harris officiating.
- Agapé Hospice
have a memory or condolence to add?ADD A MEMORY
21 November 2020
I have known Brian for many years through my photography of Action Sports Photography by Moe. We discussed super times while Brian worked in Flin Flon, Manitoba in the geology dept at Hudson Bay Mining and Smelter.
Brian's Chrysler was one of my early photo shoots at the N.E.shopping center where we attended a car show and shine, and I still have them on hand. Moving on we spent hours building models. In the beginning I also spent time at Brian's home during his treatments and would drive Brian for his treatments. It was a real honor to have known such a wonderful kind and thoughtful friend as Brian.
You are missed my friend, but never forgotten. You are Loved by many friends.
Love Moe & Sonia Putney
24 July 2020
Brian was a wonderful, kind man. I am lucky to have known him and will miss him very much. Sincere condolences to his loved ones.
10 July 2020
My original message got lost in cyber space, so will try again.
A true gentleman, a great story teller, and most importantly a friend.
My heartfelt sympathies go out to Vivian and family and to all of those whose life Brian touched. I am so glad I got to know him and it is safe to say he brought a smile to all the lives he touched and paths he crossed in his lifetime.
He will certainly be missed but the thoughts and memories will endure a lifetime. He was a wonderful human being and will be thought of often with a smile.
Alberta Pioneer Auto Club
9 July 2020
Thank you for a being a good friend Brian, will miss you. Rest in peace good fellow.
David & Janet Walker
9 July 2020
Dave has know Brian since the early 90s. He met Brian at the table top model car club (TTMCC). Brian and Dave enjoyed many builds together with friends. Brian had a dry sense of humour and delighted in attending dinner parties and sharing conversation. Dave and Janet will miss Brian.
8 July 2020
Dear Vivian, know that losing Brian is like losing a dear old friend. Our family dinners and our twice a year birthday dinners will not be the same. Ever the story teller Brian was, but he made us all smile. On behalf of my immediate family I send you love and hugs. Thank you for being such a good partner to Brian in his final months and days. You are truly my hero. Rest in peace Brian and thanks for being a part of our lives.
Toby Roch and Family
8 July 2020
I had the honour of meeting Brian through his loving partner, Vivian Hansen. He was a sweet and gentle man, kind and with a genuine smile. He was a born storyteller, and when speaking with him, it felt like his entire attention was focused on the moment. He was never rushed or insincere.
I visited Brian in hospital when he was recovering from surgery, Vivian by his side, and I could feel again the easy and deep flow of love and respect between them. It is beautiful to find that comfort and companionship in life, and I know how truly grateful he was to not be alone. May he rest in peace, may his memory continue to fill us with the joy of having known such a lovely person.
8 July 2020
WE have know Brain over 40 years, and have enjoyed many good times with him and family at all the Packard functions. We will miss him and his gentle smile.
Ray & Elizabeth
7 July 2020
Members & families of Northern Mopars Auto Club will miss Brian at our club meetings & activities! Brian was Vice President for several years & helped greatly at our annual Mopar shows at C.O.P. & Capitol Hill. We extend our condolences to Brian's family & to Vivian & her family. Rest in peace friend!
5 July 2020
Brian bravely endured a long series of treatments without complaint and continued to attend Advent whenever he was able. I will miss his presence and friendliness. He was a faithful and kind man. I feel he will be assured of a special place in Heaven. My sympathies to Vivian and his family.
4 July 2020
Myself and the Foothills Chapter of the Studebaker Drivers Club are very sorry to hear of the passing of Brian. He was very active in the early years with the formation of our local chapter from 1979-'81 when he owned a 1953 Studebaker Champion coupe. Even though he sold his Studebaker, Brian always remained in contact with us, and was instrumental in arranging for the Foothills Chapter to participate with the local Packard Club at their annual picnic each August. Our hearts go out to Brian's family, and those in the Packard Club who knew him for so many years, knowing he will be missed by all.
3 July 2020
Brian always had a smile for everyone at Advent Lutheran. Brian you will be missed.
Gail & Ted Oulds
3 July 2020
Our hearts are with you Vivian & Brian's Family...We always enjoyed our chats with Brian at Advent...Always had a lovely smile and a friendly spirit...Our prayers are with you all...We will be with you in our hearts Vivian as you say Goodbye for now...Rest in Peace Brian