Brian George Lieghton Glen
August 15, 1957 – November 17, 2019
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Brian Glen at the age of 62. Brian passed away peacefully, with his family surrounding him, at Abbotsford Regional Hospital on Sunday, November 17, 2019 Brian is predeceased by his father, James Glen and step-father Francis Hanlon. He is survived by his wife, Colleen Jamieson-Glen; daughter, Vanessa; son, Patrick (Yang); mother, Helen; brother, Gord (Sue); sister, Barb as well as his mother in law, Jean, brother in law, Allen (Christal) and a very large extended family. Brian’s loyal and protective nature was only matched by his kindness, generosity and witty humour. He was known as the “Go to Guy”, for not only his family, but the neighborhood and friends. His love of driving took him down many roads for both business and pleasure. A Memorial Service will be held Saturday, November 23, 2019 at 1:00 pm at the Cedar Valley Church, 32860 Cherry Ave. Mission, BC In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Mission Hospice Society.
- James Glenn, Father (deceased)
- Helen Zimmer Hanlon (Francis Hanlon), Mother
- Colleen Jamieson-Glen, Wife
- Vanessa Glen, Daughter
- Patrick Burns (Yang), Son
- Gord Glen (Sue), Brother
- Barb Glen, Sister
- Jean Jamieson, Mother-in-law
- Allen Jamieson (Christal), Brother-in-law
- Patrick Burns
- Brandon McWilliams
- Barry O'Sullivan
- Allen Jamieson
- Todd Patterson
- Chris Johnson
- Mission Hospice Society
- Memorial Service Saturday, November 23, 2019
- Reception Saturday, November 23, 2019
Brian George Lieghton Glen
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November 23, 2019
I grew up in a hunting cabin surrounded by people who were always trying to take what little I had. I'd been shot at, robbed, etc, sometimes by people I thought were friends. While most can't fathom a life like that, Brian understood me on another level.
When I married his God-daughter Alisha and moved to Canada, I had no money, no job, she was taking care of me. People wondered why she didn't just leave me. But Brian saw past all that and lifted me up, encouraged me to follow my dreams. He would say I just hadn't found myself yet, that some people don't until later in life. "Todd, that's the thing about life. You never know where it's going to take you. You might wake up tomorrow morning and be a millionaire, and you don't even know it yet." Today, I'm living my dream and making a bunch of money doing it. It was like Brian could see who I really was, even when I couldn't.
Shortly after meeting him, he started paying me to do some odd jobs here and there. Fixing his computer, working on vehicles. Helping build a '73 Comet GT race car that unfortunately was never completed. When he started converting his Freightliner into a dump truck, I was the one who climbed inside and cleaned it all out. I'd listen to him dream about being an owner/operator and all the opportunity it would open up for him, and enjoyed reciprocating the positive support whenever possible. Patrick -- I located you for Brian back before anyone else knew he was even looking for you (2010/11??) by spending days sifting through publicly available information. He wanted to make sure you were okay in life, or do something to change it if you weren't.
All it takes is for someone to give you a chance. Choose to lift you up instead of being another foot in your back. Over the last 11 years Brian became the best friend I had. People in my life have passed before, but he's the first one I've cried about. There's a huge void in my soul where Brian was, and nothing will ever be able to take that place.