OBITUARY

Bryan Blackman

April 18, 1930January 29, 2021

“My heart has truly been broken with losing my loving husband and best friend Bryan on January 29, 2021, after 34 wonderful years of marriage.”

Bryan leaves behind his wife Mary Beth (nee Pratt). He is also survived by his sons; Barry (Viana) & Andrew; granddaughters; Valerie, Andrea, Yvonne, Kirstyn (Matt) & Aleisha (Mike) and great-granddaughters Ava & Kaia. Loving brother-in-law to Judy and John Cullen, uncle to Brenda and Richard Ohm, Michael Cullen and Denise, great uncle to Jacq (Brandon) Brown, Kurtis Ohm, and great-great uncle to Kinsley Brown.

Before emigrating to Canada in 1957 Bryan served with the British Army and enjoyed his passion for cricket and soccer. A superb athlete for many years he continued enjoying cricket in Galt, Ontario before moving to Niagara Falls where he took up lawn bowling and tennis at the Niagara Falls Tennis & Badminton Club. In 1984 he met his “Mary Girl” at the Welland Tennis Club, playing both social and competitive tennis and latterly at the St. Catharines Tennis Club.

After retirement from Ball Packaging (formerly American Can) where he worked for many years as a journeyman machinist, he devoted many special hours creating his English garden and fish pond. Bryan loved to travel and was fortunate to have had many rewarding trips with friends, both in Canada and internationally.

He was the epitome of a gentleman, kind and caring with his British sense of humour and wit. He truly loved Classical music, his Pittsburgh Steelers and his dear cat Spencer. For thirty years Bryan was also a member of Rolling Meadows Golf & Country Club until failing health interfered. He was a member and supporter of Stamford Lane United Church and had great respect for his Minister, Reverend Harvey Tobey. Bryan will be sadly missed by many of his family and friends, a good “mate” to all.

Many thanks to the LHIN staff who helped me keep him at home and also for the wonderful ED staff and doctors at GNGH who made his passing as peaceful as possible.

Cremation has taken place according to Bryan’s wishes. A private interment of ashes & Celebration of Life will follow at a later date when COVID restrictions allow. Arrangements entrusted to HETHERINGTON AND DEANS FUNERAL CHAPEL.

Those who love don’t go away They walk beside us everyday Unseen, unheard, but always near Still loved, still missed & very dear.

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Maralyb Harvey

February 8, 2021

Treasured memories of Bryan whom we first met in Tenerife in 1985, starting a longfriendship. Bryan and Mary Beth spent their honeymoon at our home in the UK and there followed some visits to Canada for us. Bryan was a great guy. Kind and generous and a great cocktail mixer! Many a time we shared holiday evenings drinking way too many of them. I remember Bryan patiently showing my husband Bill how to shuck Corn on the cob outside in the English Garden over lots of beers.

A great guy who never really lost his English accent.

You will be missed dear Bry

Mike & Denise Cullen

February 6, 2021

Bryan was a warm and genuine gentleman who we are very grateful to have called both Uncle and part of our family. A great friend and partner for M.B. for these many years who will be sorely missed around the dinner table at every future family gathering. Since we have to wear a mask for Covid, I think he'd approve of this one. May we always raise a glass of the good stuff in his memory.

Sam & Barbara Rossi

February 4, 2021

We are sorry to learn of Bryan's passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers during this very sad and difficult time. Our sincere condolences for your loss.

Joseph Hennessy

February 3, 2021

Betty and I send our condolences to you Mary Beth, Barry, and Andrew, on the loss of Bryan, he will be sadly missed.
Our sympathy Betty and Joe Hennessy.

deanna bettle

February 3, 2021

Sincere condolences from Ted and I. We are pleased, and grateful that we had the chance to share some special times with you and Bryan, and to renew a longtime friendship. Sending you love and prayers to help you through this most difficult time.
Love, Deanna & Ted

Katie Turnbull

February 3, 2021

My dear Mary B
I'm sending a virtual hug to let you know how sad I am to hear about your loss of Bryan. My heartfelt condolences .
Love from Katie.

Jean Agar

February 3, 2021

Dear Mary Beth,
Please accept my sincere condolences on the passing of Brian. I know your sadness is heavy in your heart.
I remember our days with Bob on the fairways of Rolling Meadows passing a wave to you and Brian as we went by. Perhaps the boys are having a pint in heaven.

My warmest regards
Jean Agar




Jim and Jan Stanhope

February 2, 2021

We were sad to hear that Bryan had left this world for his new home in heaven. We were sure glad that you two enjoyed traveling, if not you would never have met your friends from Orlando in California!!! Mary , we are thinking of you as you go through this very difficult time, asking the Lord to give you comfort and peace.
May God's blessings be with you
Luv
J&J

Tony Evershed

February 2, 2021

Mary Beth: Tom Chevalier has been in touch with us; so sorry to hear that Bryan passed.
WOW what a great age and wonderful gentleman.
You guys enjoyed Rolling Meadows as most of us did.
We all miss the OLD Days; lots of fun.
Thoughts are with you; time goes by so quickly.
We are at 905 328 2629 text.
Will come Niagara to see the gang in the summer.
Hopefully we can meet you.
Love Tony and Becky

George Holmes

February 2, 2021

We were sorry to hear Mary Beth that you have lost your husband Bryan.
Our sincere condolences.

Patricia and George Holmes

FROM THE FAMILY