Brian Garwood Marquardt

November 10, 1940May 30, 2021

It is with great sadness that Brian's family share his sudden, unexpected passing at the age of 80. Brian passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at Scarborough Centenary Hospital after watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs play the 6th game of the Montreal playoff series. Brian was born and raised in Eganville, Ontario. Devoted husband of almost 56 years to Bonnie (nee Brittle). Son of the late Lawrence and Doris (nee Biesenthal); brother of Darwin; cherished father to Glenn (Shawna) and Corinna (James); adored Grampa/Poppa to Maxwell, Avery and Kayleigh. Brian will be sadly missed by his nieces, Kelly (Gary) and Tracie and his numerous relatives, friends and past co-workers.

Brian lived and loved life to the fullest; always with a joke and a smile on his face and was kind to everyone he met. He volunteered with the Eganville Fire Department and was a retired East York/Toronto Firefighter #133 for 30+ years. Family was Brian’s first priority. He enjoyed family gatherings immensely. Brian’s children were his pride and joy. He was involved in everything they did growing up from sports, helping with school projects and driving them to their summer jobs in Kearney, Ontario. He treasured his grandchildren; always baking and creating care packages for them with new snacks, comics, things to colour and pictures.

Brian was an enthusiastic outdoorsman going on many canoe trips with family and friends. He loved spending time with his family at the cottage on Baptiste Lake and volunteered his time on the Baptiste Lake Association. He was also a leader with Scouts Canada.

Brian thought wood was remarkable; he was an avid woodworker who had a vision for every piece his hands touched. He created the name ‘Klahanie Creations’, as his business logo. Klahanie means the Great Outdoors, which brought him great joy. He loved his birds, especially loons, spending endless hours carving them. Brian used to be an active man; biking, rollerblading, skating, kayaking, and water skiing.

Brian was an extraordinary handyman; he could fix or make you anything you asked for. He was the best at keeping in touch with his family and friends through letters, emails and phone calls. During his day, Brian enjoyed listening to CBC radio and catching up on the news in the Eganville Leader.

Kind was your nature, true were your ways, we will treasure your memory for the rest of our days.

We love you Brian/Dad/Grampa/Poppa. We will miss you always. Rest in peace.

Brian’s message to his family and friends…

“Fill not your heart with pain and sorrow, but remember me in every tomorrow. Remember the joy, the laughter, the smiles, I’ve only gone to rest a little while. Although my leaving causes pain and grief, my going has eased my hurt and given me relief. So dry your eyes and remember me not as I am now, but as I used to be. Because I will remember you all and look on with a smile, understand in your hearts, I’ve only gone to rest a little while”.

Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, a private family visitation was held Wednesday, June 2nd. Brian has chosen cremation and has gone to fight his last fire.

Family and friends will gather to celebrate Brian’s life at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice. Memories and condolences can be shared below…..


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Jennifer Howey

June 27, 2021

There are so many memories. Brian was the best Dad #2. He was so patient and loved teaching you how to respect the outdoors, bake and appreciate the important things in life.
"If there comes a time when we can no longer be together, hold me in your heart and I'll stay there forever"..
Love Jenn Howey.

David Thomson

June 7, 2021

Well ma Son,
you have gone and left us , I am going to miss you very much but thanks for the memories I have of you, the times we sat
around your kitchen table with a mug of green tea( no beer ) and talked about anything and every thing , I never did work a shift with you but only seen each other when changing shifts, I think it was your wood carving that got me interested , thank you for that.
You used to cut out crosswords for me from the news papers so I always had lots to do. I tried to get you interested in the Uke and
Guitar but that was a no go. You always told me about Max and how he was learning the Piano and I told you to make sure he keeps it up as he would never regret it. How do I get in touch with you if I should want any info on cooking or baking , you was my Guru in that Dept., yes Brian you are going to be missed very much. Rest in Peace . Dave Thomson.

Paul Mogavero

June 6, 2021

Brian was a kind soul and always in a good mood at work, not a common trait on the fire department. I was surprised how well Brian treated me, considering the trouble I caused for Mrs Marquardt in Grade 3.


June 6, 2021

Sincere condolences to Bonnie, Glenn, Corinna and family.
Brian was a kind friend and fellow nature lover. We will miss his interesting emails and our discussions about birds and wildlife.
Our thoughts are with the family at this difficult time.
Bonnie & Andrzej Denis

Mike &Rose Kennelly

June 5, 2021

Bonnie,Corinna,Glen & family
Our deepest sympathies. .We Will miss our calls and e-mails we shared with Brian.He was a true friend .

Carolyn/Dan Letters

June 5, 2021

Bonnie, Corinna, Glen & families,
Being Brian’s 1st Cousin living so close to our family, having the Grandparents living between, Brian was more like another brother to me. We had lost contact for quite sometime & then a few months ago we reconnected . I was so happy to get back intouch with him before his passing.
Our prayers & sympathies are with You

Tracie Marquardt

June 5, 2021

I remember fishing for sun fish, boat rides, playing games at the cottage as a kid. Family gatherings. Birthday parties. I’ll treasure the carvings and notes always. I hope you’re with Nana and Bampy now. You can catch them up on all the family news.
I love you, Uncle Brian. Thank you for the life lessons and the love. Rest easy now.

John and Lori Steidl

June 4, 2021

Our thoughts are with you Bonnie and family. We not only had the pleasure of being neighbours at home but also on Baptiste Lake
Whenever we hear the loons singing we will remember your smile and stories we shared about the cottage 💙. RIP Brian 🍻

Kelly McNeice

June 4, 2021

Cherished uncle, dear friend and confidant! I will miss you beyond words. Your were THE BEST! Was that you and nana and bampy hopping around my yard Sunday morning?! Love you and see in you on that Great Lake in the sky some day! 🤗🤗🤗

BOB Rankin

June 4, 2021

My Condoences to Bonnie and family Brian and I go way back to the years when we both started a great friend over the years. He was a great Firefighter and loved his job. he will be sadly missed. Have a safe journey Brian Bob Rankin