Brendan Francis Patrick Nesbitt

January 7, 1938June 3, 2021
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At the age of 83, Brendan Nesbitt passed away in Brampton on Thursday, June 3, 2021. He is greatly loved and will be missed by his family, extended family, friends, and anyone who was lucky enough to know him. Devoted husband of Wanda (nee Facchin) for 55 years, caring father to Leslie, Stephen, and Jennifer, and cherished Papa to Nicholas, Joshua, Jack and Scarlett. Brendan was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1938. His parents John and Kathleen, two brothers (Michael and Tony) and three sisters (Madeline, Doreen, and Irene) were undoubtedly among the first to welcome him in Heaven. Brendan was a great story teller and an even better listener. He could always be counted on to give thoughtful advice and was often the voice of reason. A true gentleman and a class act, he had as many pairs of shoes as Wanda, if not more, and they were polished to a shine. He was fond of saying that it costs nothing to have good manners. He pulled out chairs for ladies and offered them his seat. If Brendan was ever in charge of keeping glasses full at a family party, we were all in trouble the next day. Brendan had a passion and talent for soccer and golf. After playing for Arsenal Football Club in England, he played in many leagues here in Canada and spent 10 years coaching his Chinguacousy Soccer Club team to numerous titles. Brendan worked at The National Golf Club after he retired from his day job at Orenda Aerospace when he was 55 years old. We cannot estimate how many rounds of golf he played, but we can guarantee that at no time did he tee off with dirty clubs as these were scrubbed after each round. Brendan had a natural air of elegance and appreciated the finer things in life. He loved to take the train to Toronto to visit the finest men’s shops for his clothing, and regularly drove to Buffalo to buy leather soled dress shoes because they were so difficult to find locally. That is some commitment to fancy shoes. In lieu of flowers, please buy a pint for a friend, hold doors open for strangers, and always dance The Slosh at weddings and parties. We cannot think of a better way to honour our Dad. A very special thank you to the staff at The Village of Sandalwood Park for their loving care and support. In light of the current global pandemic with the present restrictions placed on group gatherings by the government, attendance at the funeral home and cemetery has been restricted to a maximum capacity of 10 people. As a result, the visitation will be by family’s invitation and services will be private and in compliance with government restrictions. Due to policies in place during these unprecedented times, a public Celebration of Life will be announced and held when government restrictions have been lifted. Online condolences and information at


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Michael Smyth

June 30, 2021

To the Nesbitt family, I was very saddened to hear in you very thoughtful correspondence of the passing of my dear friend Brendan.
I have spent the time since this news reflecting on many very happy and fun times playing as young lads for Drumcondra Football Club.
I laughed at the reference to his clothes and shoes as we always remember him as a very dapper fella.
A number of years ago on a trip back to Dublin Brendan called me and left a message with no contact details and it has always been a regret of mine, would have loved the chance to catch up.
My very deepest condolences and again sincere thanks for reaching out to an awl fella in Dublin.
Kindest regards
Mick (Smudger) Smyth

Scarlett Barber

June 9, 2021

He was a great person and even better Papa! I remember the walks we took while I was sitting on his shoulders, or when we'd always lose Nonna at the mall. He made sure I watched at least one soccer game with him each month, and even though I thought it was boring I enjoyed the time we spent together. And don't even get me started on the countless stories about his life in Ireland. All I know is you never really know how much someone meant to you until there gone, but his stories will be in our hearts forever. So let's continue to think about all the times this extraordinary man made us smile.
Scarlett Barber

Jan and Mick O’Brien

June 8, 2021

We were so sorry to hear the sad news that Brendan has passed. We haven’t had much contact in recent times since we moved to Alberta but we have some great memories from years ago. Brendan was a good friend and a fine person. We send our heartfelt condolences to Wanda and the Nesbitt family.

Leah Glover

June 8, 2021

In the short time we were blessed to know Wanda and Brendon, they have both been a treasure. Wanda and family so sorry. Our thoughts and prayers are with you in these times. You made Lord Simcoe very special in our hearts. Brendon was certainly a character. So pleasant to see him outside in the days and have a nice little chat each evening. Your thoughts of him is exactly how we remember him. God can truly be glorified because Brendon was certainly a joy to know!

Samantha Stevens

June 7, 2021

To the Nesbitt family, I was very saddened to hear about the loss of Brendan and I send my sincere condolences. It was a joy getting to know him over the years. Hearing his stories and sharing in his enthusiasm when he told them, was always so much fun and good for a few laughs. He will be missed! XOXO ❤️

Vito Loiacono

June 7, 2021

Uncle Brendan will be missed by all that knew him. I remember as a kid the BBQ's we would have at Eldorodo Park with the whole family. I also remember a time when I was older and Uncle Brenda rented a passenger van and we drove down to Niagara on the Lake. We had the extended family from England with us and we stopped for a picnic lunch. A fond memory of mine with him.
My condolences to Auntie Wanda, Leslie, Steve, Jennifer.
God Bless.
Vito, Sandra, Christopher and Marissa Loiacono

Elaine Hall

June 7, 2021

Am so saddened to hear of Brendan's passing. I did not know him for that long but he was a force to be reckoned with. A lovely man indeed!
God speed Brendan!

Elaine and Family
67 Lord Simcoe

Patty Tonder

June 6, 2021

Definitely the best dressed man in a room! I had the pleasure of meeting Mr NESBITT on a few occasions and what a class act. True definition of a gentleman. My sincerest condolences 💐

Hazel Bacola

June 6, 2021

Beautiful tribute, condolences to all the family. I only had the pleasure of meeting Brendan a few times but when I think of him I see him smiling with a mischievous sparkle in his eyes. Thinking of you all at this sad time.♥️ Hazel and George.

Sandra Lee

June 6, 2021

To the Nesbitt family, I am so sorry to hear of Brendan’s passing. My condolences to all of you. What a beautiful write up about Brendan. I remember what a gentleman he was during Jen’s celebratory showers where he always made sure all the ladies were well taken care of and fed. He will be missed.❤️


Eulogy by Stephen Nesbitt

I'm saddened to be up here today for my father's Eulogy, fortunately I had a sneaky suspicion that this honour was going to be given to me, so last week I began collecting my thoughts....

So many great stories and wonderful memories of my dad have been consuming my thoughts. How can I possibly articulate in a few short words the legacy my dad has left behind....

Do I mention the hundreds of kids my dad helped mature into fine young men, including me during his 10 years coaching rep soccer?

Do I mention the many years he spent helping his children with their school work?

I should definitely mention the time he drove to St John Fisher to confront the VP for poking me in the chest? (I was 12)

We can't forget the time he chased a couple of teenagers down Avondale to retrieve my tobogan after I ran inside to tell my dad that they had stolen it...

Oh and there was that time he showed up at my house with hundreds of dollars worth of food for my family. He had found out that our basement freezer was accidentally left open overnight. What a guy..

Should I talk about his love for travel and that he always found a way to take his family on vacation?

I can't forget to mention the time he confronted a father for yelling at me throughout a soccer game that I was reffing at 14 years of age.

What about the many years he spent helping raise his four grandchildren? He had so much fun spending time with them. He was so very proud of them and loved them like they were his own kids.

I certainly can't forget to mention he was always there for his family no matter what. And that he was so proud of my sisters and I.

In the end I realized it's impossible to articulate what my dad meant to so many of us.

All I can say is that he'll be deeply missed, often in our thoughts, and always in our hearts...