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Brian Douglas Corkum

21 August, 196616 March, 2021
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Brian Douglas Corkum, August 21, 1966 – March 16, 2021 It is with heavy hearts that we share the passing of Brian – wonderful husband, father, brother, uncle, and friend - on March 16, 2021 at home with Jane, David and Andrew by his side. Brian, 54 years of age, fought a courageous battle with prostate cancer. Many will be surprised as well as saddened to hear of his passing because most did not know of his illness. Brian was a very private man whose character made it important to him that he continued to be known as Brian and not as “Brian who had cancer”. He is survived by his wife, Jane (McKay) and son, David, brothers Bentley and Andrew (Deb), brothers-in-law Warren (Aggie), Ray, Todd (Sheila), many nieces and nephews, and great niece and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents, David Corkum and Margot Corkum (Thomson), sister-in-law Beth McKay and parents-in-law Christine and Gervaise (Chook) McKay. I lost not only my husband but my best friend as well. David lost a father who was so proud of the young man he is today and had so much more to share with him. His influence will always be a part of David. Brian’s favourite pastime was being at home with his family, where he showed his love for us in such special ways. Our home was always filled with laughter and so much fun, whether it was having a water fight, pranks, whipped cream pies in the face, eggs broken over heads, playing video games, watching sports, or just sitting by the fire pit in the backyard talking for hours. I fondly referred to him as my “entertainment coordinator”. The three of us were a team and spent so much time together. David and I will always cherish those memories. We will forever miss him and he will forever be in our thoughts and hearts. Brian shared his love of his Uncle Peter’s camp in Caledonia, known as “Kalikamp’, with David and me, and occasionally David’s friends. There was always a supply of fireworks and rockets, and a never-ending supply of ideas to entertain us. Brian always looked forward to his annual fall “hunting” trip with his friends to Kalikamp, who were very important to him. Some of the best memories amongst his friends are of the crazy antics of Brian and his cousin Rob, anything for a good laugh. Growing up, Brian also spent his Thanksgivings with the Corkum clan at Kalikamp. We were able to visit Kalikamp one last time in November. As a child, Brian spent his summers at his grandmother’s cottage in St. Margaret’s Bay with his mother, brothers, aunts and uncles, cousins and friends. As a young man, he loved to raise drinks with his friends and share some laughs. I am sure all his friends will find comfort reminiscing and have a good laugh whenever they think of him. He would love to know that he was remembered and celebrated by his friends for many years to come by sharing some of those stories with David. Brian was the best storyteller. He could entertain for hours with his storytelling. He shared so many memories of his childhood and later years with David and me. Brian had a natural way of making people feel special. He made David and I feel special and we knew we were so important to him and him to us. Brian always made time for David’s friends and made them feel special. Brian was self-employed and took pride in his business and part of that included his interest in people and making them feel special as well. We would like to thank all the Doctors and Nurses who helped Brian through this difficult time. In particular, Dr. Ross Mason, Liette Connor, Dr. Robyn MacFarlane and the nurses, especially Linh, at 5B of the Centennial Building VG Hospital. We would also like to thank the nursing staff at the Dixon Centre Dialysis Unit, Chemotherapy Unit and Palliative Care. Family flowers only. Subject to current COVID Regulations, visitation (groups of 30 at a time) will be held on April 9, 2021 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. A private Celebration of Life (by invite only) will take place on April 10, 2021 at 1:00 pm at J. A. Snow Funeral Home, which will be livestreamed with a link available on the funeral home website. Donations in memory may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society for Prostate Cancer or the charity of your choice.

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Jane Manara

10 April 2021

I am a mother who knows all the closeness of the men and women who spoke at Brian’s funeral today. How they all remember Brian with such fondness as do I. He was one in a million so my heart goes out to you Jane your son and all the members of your family.
My he Rest In Peace but be assured he will never be forgotten.
Jane Manara

Jennifer (Flack) Saunders

8 April 2021

Dear Jane, David, Andrew & family,

We were very sadden to hear of Brian’s passing. We have very fond memories of our days curling and then gatherings in later years. Brian was an amazing man and we are all truly blessed to have called him fiend. Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss.

Sincerely,

Jennifer & Kent Saunders

Claudia Legacy

6 April 2021

Jane,

Steve and I are heartbroken for you and David. The obituary is beautiful and just confirms Brian’s bigger than life personality, the special connection the two of you had, and the closeness of your tight-knit family team. Let those things give you strength. We’re thinking of you and sending all our love. XO

Claudia and Steve

Lisa MacAvoy

29 March 2021

Dear Jane and David,

May you find peace as you grieve and know there are many people who love you. Having lost Jason to cancer a few years ago and the changes my family is still adjusting to, my heart is heavy and you are in my thoughts continually. Sending big hugs your way.

Love Lisa MacAvoy
P.S. Gertrude sends her condolences as well.

Kevin Morris

29 March 2021

Jane, your wonderful description of Brian's life story captures his essence. He was a good person, who deeply cared about others. The world is less bright without him. Memories of Brian will always bring smiles to our faces.

Kevin

Kevin Delano

26 March 2021

We are very saddened to hear of the passing of Bri. So many amazing memories from the old Brandy's days! Our deepest sympathies to the whole Corkum clan for the Toronto Delano's, Kevin and Nancy.

Merrill and Barb Savary

24 March 2021

Jayne and David
We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our prayers are with you at this sad time.
Barb and Merrill Savary

Rob Weatherston

24 March 2021

Dear Jane & David,

Brian was a wonderful human being and can only imagine how much much he loved both of you. His smile, love and laughter will always be a part of you which I know you will always cherish.

Rob

Christine McNeil

24 March 2021

We are thinking about you during this difficult time. Christine, Gerry & Noah.

kirk rowe

24 March 2021

Dear Jane, David and the Corkum Family,

Tracey and I want to say how saddened we are to hear of Brian's passing. I have so many great memories of Brian and while time, distance and life separated us, it can never take away the memories of the laughs, the joy and the true friendship that we shared for so many years. Please accept our sincere condolences.