Henderson's Funeral Homes & Crematorium

45901 Victoria Ave, Chilliwack, BC


Brian Nickolas Wayne Marchinko

August 2, 1948May 12, 2014

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the unexpected death of Brian Marchinko on May 12, 2014. He passed away peacefully while asleep at his home in Chilliwack, BC. Brian enjoyed a career in professional hockey, playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Islanders prior to joining the CN Railway in the 1970’s. He retired in 2009, working summers with the Rocky Mountaineer and spending winters golfing in Palm Springs with family and friends.

He will be missed dearly by his wife, Bonnie, their two children, Melissa (Andy Westmark) and Kerry (Julie Tyas), his parents, Nick and Victoria and his brother Randy (Bonnie Berry). He was also survived by his mother and father in-law (Lorne and Pauline Dagert), brothers in-law Ron (Wendy), Lorne (Pam), sister in-law Traci (Rob) and numerous nieces and nephews. His passion for life and the mischievous twinkle in his eye will live on in his four grandchildren, who he adored and was so very proud of: Colton (19), Dayton (12), Jeannie (2) and Sascha (6m). Arrangements under the direction of Henderson's Funeral Homes & Crematorium Ltd., Chilliwack, British Columbia.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate small donations towards installing a memorial bench on the Vedder River, where Brian loved to walk.


  • Memorial Services Tuesday, May 20, 2014


Brian Nickolas Wayne Marchinko

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Ron Smith

November 8, 2018

Dear Bonnie, I have just returned from the NY Islanders Alumni Weekend where I was hoping to catch up with Brian and yourself and was shocked to hear of Brian's untimely passing. Both of you put many smiles on many faces on Long Island and particularly in Fort Worth. My heartfelt condolences are belatedly expressed to Melissa, Kerry and yourself. Teammate, husband, father, grandfather, son, brother... Brian was a diamond in the rough. Thinking of you and your family. Ron Smith

Michael Ferrara

September 4, 2018

Bonnie, Melissa, and Kerry. I was saddened to recently learn of the passing of Brian. You may or may not remember me. I had the privilege of staying with your family as a billet for a national baseball tournament in Abbotsford, way back in 1990. A beautiful family. I hope your memories have provided you comfort. My condolences.

June 8, 2015

Hi Bonnie... hard to believe its been over a year now. I think about him often as I drive the Rocky down the Canyon. We had such good times at work...building a dream...doda.. Blessings to you and your family....Dave

Bonnie Marchinko

October 15, 2014

I cannot thank you all enough for the kind words you left for us, your descriptions of Brian make me chuckle, you all shared a great man with my children and I and we were glad to share him. He had enough humor and positive attitude for all. We miss him dearly every day, are doing our best to carry on with our tears and our laughter,thanks to all of you! Bonnie Marchinko and family

Gerry Petryk

September 12, 2014

Played hockey with Brian in Flin Flon in 1968-1969 and he was one of the guys on the team that I really liked. He had a great sense of humour and treated everybody really great./Gerry Petryk

September 3, 2014

So sorry to hear of Brian's passing. Our sympathy goes out to all of your family. I hope that as time passes, your sorrow is replaced by wonderful memories of your time together.
Please call if you are ever out our way
Lylamay and Michael Coghlan Ladysmith B.C.

Phil McCann

July 28, 2014

Bonnie, I'm Phil McCann and played with the Erie Blades and remember the '76 training camp and spendiny time with Brian. I always enjoyed being around Brian and cherish these memories. Best to you and family.

greg clemens

May 27, 2014

we are sorry to hear of the passing of brian,he was the trainmaster in McLennan ab. worked for him,grat leader,he also coached the Donnelly senior team in the nphl and I played for him,what a great person he was,so joan and I are very sad to hear this news,take care and remember the memories,our thoughts are with you and your family.

May 25, 2014

Brian was our next door neighbor.We often chatted from deck to deck. He was a very humble man, & the best neighbor we ever had.
We were saddened & heartbroken to hear of his sudden passing @ such a young age. We offer our profound heartfelt condolences to Bonnie & family.We hope the past great memories will ease the present pain. Warm regards, Will & Ethel Schacher.

hubert plante

May 23, 2014

remembering the good times on road trips with you and bonnie when our boys played minor hockey together.you did'nt deserve the[short call] brian but knowing you,you're already booked on and scooped the rest of us....