August 18, 1982 – November 16, 2020
It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Cheng announce his passing on Monday, November 16, 2020 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Brian will be sadly missed by his mother Pauline Lee, siblings Amy Lee (Jay Langlois), Yvonne Cheng (Frank Schuermann), Patsy Cheng (Steven Holland) along with their children Simon and Isabella Holland as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and extended family.
Forever remembered for his pure heart and joy for life and travel, his passion for hockey (especially his beloved Calgary Flames) and music, and the light he shone on everyone who had the honour of meeting him. A smile that was as infectious as his personality, radiated into every aspect of his life. We will fondly hold his fearless presence in our hearts and take with us his beaming spirit wherever we go. Rest easy and peaceful dear friend.
A private Celebration of Life will be held. All those attending and virtual attending, please wear red in respect for his love of the Calgary Flames. Web streaming will be available. Please contact Foster’s for additional details.
In lieu of flowers, we kindly ask for donations to be made in his honour to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada (llscanada.org).
- Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada
No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
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November 24, 2020
To Brian’s family,
Our deepest and heartfelt condolences to you. He was the light of the family with his vibrant smile. I always enjoyed hearing Yvonne's stories of Brian attending university and his job at Sobey’s. He lived a full and happy life with a family who love him so much and supported him. I hope in time you will find peace and comfort with the beautiful memories you’ve shared with him.
Sending you all so much love.
The Houssaine-Clare family
November 20, 2020
To Brian's Family:
I was leading the University of Calgary Symphonic Band in the early 2000's. A wonderful person working in inclusive education at the U of C (Allen Burn) reached out and told me about Brian, and his love for music. He then floated the idea that maybe Brian could join the Symphonic Band. In doing this Mr. Burns put my publicly stated belief that "...band is for everyone..." to the test. I also take my work with the ensemble seriously....I wondered, how might we be sure that all needs and desires for excellence in the ensemble were served?
As soon as I met Brian, all of my fears were put to rest. He came to rehearsal with purpose, and he brought out the best in every member of the band. I loved how connected he was to the pure sounds around him. We placed him in the percussion section, and I could always count on seeing his smile at the big moments in the music.
One moment has stayed with me over the years, a moment that I related to my music education class at Acadia University just 2 weeks ago while discussing the joys of "inclusive education". My percussion section really bonded with Brian. One day, unbeknownst to me, they gave him a bass drum beater and set him up next to the biggest drum in the section. As the music rose, there came a moment when all of the tension was released by a single bass drum strike. When it came, it was HUGE, it rocked the Rose Concert Hall. My head snapped up, and I saw the most beatific smile on Brian's face; and also a look of real pride on the faces of my percussionists. They taught him exactly what to do and when to do it, and the accomplishment of that moment touched everyone in the group.
I am very grateful to Allen Burns for reaching out to tell me of Brian's passing. It has made me very sad, but I know I am a better educator and a more compassionate person for having met and worked with this remarkable young man. Thank you, Brian, rest in peace.