OBITUARY

Brian George King

28 September , 193927 February , 2019

A life well-lived is a lasting inspiration. With sorrow we announce the passing of Brian on February 27, 2019. He lived his life to the fullest, even during his five-year battle with cancer. He will be missed and forever remembered.

Brian touched the heart of anyone he met. He would command a room and make everyone feel warm, at ease, and welcome. Brian will be remembered for his unique charm, his ready wit, and large personality—which the years had not diminished. He conducted himself, always, with passion, compassion, commitment, and humour.

Brian embraced his community, and made lifelong friendships in the many places he lived. He was born in Wales, where he spent the first few years of his life, before moving to England. There, he discovered his love for cars, sports, and his wife, Veronica. Together, they shared many adventures, along with their daughters, Nicola (Allan) and Fiona (Paul).

Brian was an intelligent man, with a keen interest in fixing the unfixable. He worked in many parts of the world as a professional engineer—always eager to take on a challenge and a new beginning. He started his career in the UK, and from there, travelled with his family to Swaziland, Guyana, and Montreal, finally settling in Dartmouth, N.S.

“To be born Welsh is to be born privileged, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but with music in your blood and poetry in your soul.” Brian exemplified this trait in his many performances with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of Nova Scotia, and while carrying a tune at the pub after rehearsal, and after a big rugby match.

Brian found his passion for running at the age of 55, and his family cheered him on from the sidelines as he completed each of his 19 marathons. He shared his love of sports with others and coached/played rugby with the Dartmouth Saracens, immediately increasing the average age of the team. He never wanted to miss the Dartmouth Natal Day run with Fast Company, or the Terry Fox run, and completed over 35, including his final one with his walker in August, 2018. His soccer cleats were not retired until after his 75th birthday and he inspired many of his fellow engineers at Stantec to join in their lunchtime games.

As Brian would say, “If you have to get from point A to point B, you may as well enjoy it!” This philosophy started as a teenager when he would ride his bicycle from Brighton to Wales, which was a 200-mile journey. As a member of The British Automobile Touring Association of Nova Scotia, he enjoyed driving his Rolls Royce, MGB Midget, Jaguar and finally his “Mr. Bean” Mini with the top down.

His grandchildren Lara, Ryan, Christopher, Molly and Chloe will remember Grandpa for living his life knowing that “You can’t help growing older, but you don’t have to get old!”

Brian was an inspiration to so many people—whether it be runners, rugby players, soccer players, thespians, car enthusiasts or Engineers—he was happy to mentor. He had a wonderful soul, an unwavering enthusiasm for life and will be lovingly remembered.

Friends and family are welcomed to celebrate his life and share memories on Sunday, March 3rd, from 2:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. and Monday, March 4th, from 6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m. at Mic Mac Aquatic Club, 192 Prince Albert Road, Dartmouth. A funeral service at Christ Church, 61 Dundas St., Dartmouth, will be held at 11:00 a.m on Tuesday, March 5 with reception to follow at Christ Church hall. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Prostate Cancer Canada.

  • DONATIONS

  • In lieu of flowers
  • Prostate Cancer Canada

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, 3 March , 2019
  • Visitation Monday, 4 March , 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, 5 March , 2019
REMEMBERING

Brian George King

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Bob Gamble

15 March 2019

My most sincere condolences to Ronnie, Nicola, Fiona and their families.
I have many fond memories of Brian inspiring me back in Montreal with the Barbarians, where he was one of my role models I like to think, as a rugby player, Engineer, and the finest choir-master I ever had the honour of meeting. I fortunately had the pleasure of touching base with Brian off and on over the many decades and always appreciated the opportunity of catching up with the King family and the unforgettable Brian King!
Brian lives on in all our fond memories,

Sincerely,
Bob & Debbie Gamble and family

Cathryn + Dorothy Moore

11 March 2019

Dear Ronnie and family,

We are so sorry to hear of Brian's passing, and just a few days before St.David's Day. We have very fond memories of Brian's irrepressible sense of fun at our gatherings over the years with the Welsh Cultural Society, his excellent voice as he led the singing and as one of the entertainers for the Welsh stories.
We also appreciate your major contributions, Ronnie, to the group over many years, always there to help the events run smoothly, and on the telephone committee to make sure they got there in the first place! Hopefully, you'll be able to join us for the strawberry tea, with family as well?

Please accept our deepest condolences on your sad loss,love from Dorothy and Cathryn

Stephen Henson

6 March 2019

Farewell ‘Brian King of Nova Scotia’ it was a pleasure to meet you. A man who was always so genuinely interested in what you had done and where you had been. It was because of these qualities that I didn't take the comments about my footballing ability from the then septuagenarian to heart!
So pleased that he got to see his beloved Wales beat England in the Six Nations. I know he would have loved that.
Much love to all the King family from the Henson family.

Natalie Henson

6 March 2019

Its so uplifting & inspiring to read such a wealth of wonderful comments about our Uncle Brian. So sorry Myself, Alastair & Greg and our families couldn't be there to share in the celebration of Uncle Brian's life with you all. We have been thinking of our family all those miles away & sending our love. Uncle Brian was always so engaging & interested in everything you had to say, and took the time to find out exactly what you were up to whenever we saw him. Such a fantastic trait in this hectic world. I will be thinking of his ‘can do attitude’ when I run in my half marathon this Sunday to push me over that finish line! Much love to all our Canadian family from Natalie & the rest of the family in England. xxx

Stephen Pottie

5 March 2019

Hi,

I was saddened to read of Brian's passing. Brian and I both enjoyed chasing a rugby ball around the field, and also enjoyed sharing a beer or two and a song after the game. Brian represented the game of rugby well - on field, he played with skill and courage, and off field, he embraced the camaraderie of the game to the fullest. I played with the Halifax RFC and Brian played with the Saracens RFC, and I hope that his spirit will be carried on by all those who knew him. I will offer a toast to Brian at a canoeing trip this May where many former players will be in attendance.

God bless,

Steve

Carolyn Reid

5 March 2019

Dear Veronica and Family...
Although I didn't know Brian, I believe he was a very special person who lived an amazing life as described in his Obituary. I had the pleasure of meeting Ronnie through the Dartmouth General Hospital Auxiliary several years ago. Later on, I met Fiona, Paul and Chloe so I've enjoyed a connection with the family and did hear the occasional story about Brian. I was impressed with his talents on stage as he performed with the Gilbert and Sullivan Society, and at Dartmouth Players.

With the sun shining today, I believe Brian is smiling down on you while running another marathon no doubt! I know you will keep your wonderful memories of him in your hearts, always.

With sincere sympathy and love,
Carolyn Reid



Kara Feindel

5 March 2019

Dear Fiona, Paul, Ronnie and Family,
We are very saddened to hear of Brian's passing. He was a remarkable and inspirational person. Both my Dad and I will always remember the special moment we shared with him at my wedding in the "bride's carriage". :)
We feel very blessed to have known him.
Thinking of all of you,
Kara Feindel, Manuel Becker and Wayne Feindel.

Marilyn & Thys Molenaar

5 March 2019

We had the pleasure of getting to know Brian and Roni in the last 5 years through Batans and always had a great time. Many Monday evenings were spend in the summertime at the Chickenburger in Bedford and we had many “ deep” discussions about cars and the things Brian did with his Mini. His coulourfull versions of his work always were a treat.
Our condolences to Roni and her family.

Dan Pace

4 March 2019

I had the great fortune to make the acquaintance of Brian through the Gilbert and Sullivan Society in the 1980s. I didn't consider it a particularly close friendship. He was just one of many talented and dedicated people who happened to be fun to work and play with. So I was surprised to receive a letter from him upon the passing of my father, who he never met, in '85. It contained the most tender and uplifting condolence that I have ever seen. That letter always comes to mind when I think of Brian and I will always cherish it as a lesson not to take acquaintances for granted. You can mean a lot more to them than you think.

Katie Allen

4 March 2019

I worked on several Gilbert & Sullivan shows with Brian, and I will always remember him for his absolute exuberance for the show, the support the cast shows each other, and the need to end up in the pub after for a pint and a song. He was ready to teach, act, and egg on the other cast members, and he will be missed. My condolences Ronnie & family.