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McEWAN, Brian Manson

September 10, 1952 — November 22, 2020

Brian Manson McEwan died 22 November 2020. Born 10 September 1952 David Leonard Nelson in Winnipeg. Joyce Kathleen (née Pepper; 1926-2019) and Gordon Manson McEwan (1922-2010) adopted Brian 2 months later. Brian did not know he was adopted until 2010. He is survived by wife, Colleen (née Whibley); son and family Jamie, Laura, Morgan and Sullivan; sister Dayle; brother Donnie; brothers-in-law Fred (Janet) and Alex (Ann), and sister-in-law, Evelyn (Bruce) and their families. Brian grew up in East Kildonan in Winnipeg on a street with 23 boys of similar age in a 1 square block area. They entertained and terrorized the neighbourhood, which Brian held in high regard. He became a great swimmer and water polo player. Brian obtained a Bachelor of Science degree with the University of Winnipeg in 1974, the year Brian and Colleen wed. After graduating, he worked for Applied Photogrammetric Sciences, some contract jobs, and various departments of the Manitoba Government. Of particular note were the 3 years he spent inspecting winter roads in Manitoba’s north, which left an indelible mark on his life. Brian and Colleen moved to B.C. in 1980, where Brian worked for Planistics, Western Land Consultants, Associated Engineering and finally the District of Lake Country as Engineering Services Manager until retiring in 2012. In each of the communities he contributed, he made them better. Brian loved driving and taking many trips back to Manitoba; particularly Dorothy and Nutimik Lakes where he spent most of the summers in his youth, loved every moment, met Colleen and made some lifelong friends. In lieu of gifts of condolences, please feel free to make donations to the Okanagan Rail Trail (okanaganrailtrail.ca).

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  • Vernon Litwin says:

    It is with extreme sadness when I read about the passing of Brian McEwan. To my dear friend Donnie , stay strong my brother!

  • Gord Hurl says:

    My condolences to you Colleen and your family. This past fall while putting away water skies and summer toys for the year in my mom and dad’s old trailer, I came across a drawing Brian had made of a 67 Nova SS. It brought back many good memories of past summers with you and Brian at Nutimik Lake.
    Gord and Sandy Hurl

  • Randy/Linda Kreitz says:

    Colleen and family. So sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest condolences
    To you and your family Randy n Linda Kreitz

  • Chris Matsuda says:

    Colleen, wishing you & your family much love & comfort for the days ahead.. Sincere condolences,

  • Bryan and Irene Wangler says:

    We are so sad for your loss Colleen and Jamie. I’ll always fondly remember how we first met at KGH and later we were fortunate to become neighbours and friends. We’ll miss the friendly wave, the warm hello and the bright smile. Rest easy Brian.

  • Paul & Debra Colvin says:

    Very sad news hearing of Brian’s passing. Our heartfelt condolences to you and your family. May you find comfort in the love of family and friends during this difficult time. Our thoughts are with you.

  • Pat Vande Vyvere says:

    So sorry to learn of the passing of Brian. My sincere condolences to you and your family, Colleen. Seeing the picture of Brian from the “old days” brought back a flood of memories of the whole gang from Nutimik Lake – those were very special days. Take care.

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