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Brian Green

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BRIAN GREEN

May 25, 1939 – April 4, 2024

From humble beginnings in Winnipeg’s Rooster Town, Brian achieved great things. He never lost his zest for life or belief if you follow your dreams you will succeed.


Brian’s work life was varied as he was always looking for new challenges and a better life for his family often working two jobs at a time or at remote work sites during times of low employment.  An electrician by trade Brian started his career with Winnipeg Hydro where he met his lifelong friend Ivan LeBlanc. He then worked for City of Winnipeg Signals Department and Electrical Maintenance Departments before joining the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers as a red seal construction electrician where he enjoyed a career spanning more than four decades. Brian always spoke affectionately of the comradery and antics of Brothers (co-workers) he had the pleasure to work with during this time. Never one to sit idle Brian continued to learn new skills right up to his retirement, successfully earning a fifth class Power engineer certificate, welding certificate and first-class driver’s licence.


Although an Electrician by Trade Brian had the heart of an entrepreneur and was always looking to improve himself. He owned and operated a Taxi business with partner Roger Bohemier, started an electrical business with partner Al Knysh, owned and operated a small construction/renovation company and worked as restaurateur with son Craig. During his restaurant days Brian also did some design work building some of the first hot dog carts to hit the streets of Winnipeg in the 1980s.


As a sports enthusiast Brian enjoyed numerous sports including, golf, hockey, curling, football and Blue Jays Baseball. Along with playing and watching sports Brian also coached baseball and hockey volunteering at local community clubs. He coached baseball in St. Vital with good friend Danny Yackoboski in the early ‘70s and later coached hockey at Crescentwood Community Center where the players affectionately nicknamed him” Mean Joe”, a name that some players still call him to this day.


Brian loved music, picking up the guitar at 40 and never putting it down, always encouraging family and friends to sing along whether they could keep a tune or not. He loved to attend local jam sessions and would also attend jam sessions while on holiday if the chance arose. Brian could also be found listening to local musicians at various bars and clubs throughout Winnipeg.


Never one to shy away from a challenge Brian loved to play a good game of cards. He always looked forward to “Tuesday Championship Bridge” with friends Warren, Rudy, Frank, Larry and Mike. Cribbage tournament nights at the Norwood St. Boniface legion with his grandchildren and fellow legion members were a great source of entertainment.  In his younger years Brian also loved a good game of chess and would often show up late after a challenging night of chess with good friend Fred Kosmolak at Winnipeg’s Belgian Club.


Always the storyteller, Brian kept memories of past relatives and friends alive by sharing their life stories with family and friends whenever the chance would arise. One of his favorite childhood memories was of his Uncle Jack Casey taking him along on family camping and fishing trips, a joy that was passed forward to Brian’s children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  On a more sombre note, Brian kept memories of both family and friends lost to WW2 during his childhood alive through attendance of Remembrance services and sharing stories of loss with family. 


In family life Brian was predeceased by mother Agnes Gertrude Green (Omand), father John Bernard McGrath, special mentors Uncle Gordon & Auntie Jean Omand and sadly, grandson Dom Pellettieri.


Brian is survived by his wife Barb, and their children -   Don and Heather, Chris and Sue, Eva, Craig and Laurie, and Nelda.


Brian is also survived by grandchildren Chloe, Andee, Nate, Hannah, Zac, Asha, Fernando, Aaron, Alycia, Melissa, Emerson, Marcia, Angel and 18 great- grandchildren all of whom he loved and took great enjoyment in their accomplishments and misadventures.


In life Brian was always a force to be reckoned with and will be fondly remembered by family and friends for his ”larger-than-life”  personality, excellent sense of humour and ability to entertain and liven up a room with a good story or joke. 


Brian loved to acknowledge and celebrate birthdays!  Not one for formal gatherings, he requested we hold a Party to celebrate his leaving.


All who knew Brian are invited to drop by to tell a story or two at a celebration of Brian’s life being held on his 85th birthday at 2:00 p.m. Saturday May 25th, 2024 at Kenaston Village Condominium Club House 516 Kenaston Blvd at Grant Avenue. Refreshments will be provided.  Visit us at www.brianwashere.com or email Barb at brbmgrn@gmail.com to RSVP.


Never to be forgotten, may you rest in peace.


Shine on, you crazy diamond.


Brian’s family kindly requests that all of his friends and relatives take a few minutes to honour his memory by watching the photo-biography above. Please, also consider sharing your own photos, memories, and stories by making use of the comment section on this page.

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Marcia Green

May 16, 2024 at 1:56 PM

My Grandpa was funny, bold, and authentically always himself!

He loved babies, and the young ones in the family, and you could see it brought him joy to be around them. I certainly saw it when I was young.

He took a special interest in my son, and my partner. The three of them would go fishing, and share "Guy" talk. My son would come home and share all the silly chatter he had with grandpa, and it would earn an eyeroll and giggle.

We had meaningful, tough talks, and he was all about no bull. I really liked my Uncle Dons lessons from my dad piece.

It got me thinking about the things I could expect my grandpa to say:

1-You can never add too much salt

2-Whats that?

3-You can not put a baby in a drawer

4-You like him, is he rich or does his dad own a bank? Lol

5-No Bullshit!

6-Do you want to be right, or do you want to be happy?

7-This one is to my son: Do you have a woman? No, you better get a job if you think you might want to go on a date, it is expensive to date!

8-Pull my finger

9-I am happy for you, and proud of you!

10-I love you!

I am finding some comfort recently, thinking I was lucky enough to share my love and respect for my Grandpa to him; and he did the same to me, he always did!

Tim Bromley

May 9, 2024 at 8:08 PM

I have some great memories of Brian. Legendary parties at Kingsway. Sometimes he would make me sit on his lap for a little boop de boop or you wouldn’t get past the door.Haha! Larger than life for sure. He taught me a very valuable lesson back then that stuck with me until this day. He woke us up early in the morning after we had partied pretty hard there most of the night and said “Get the hell up guys …you drink with the boys you work with the men.” From that day forward I never missed a day of work due to a hangover no matter how bad I felt. One of a kind cool guy.Your legend and legacy live on! I only wish I got to play some guitar with him later in life. May you sing with the angels and dance with the stars. Peace out!


My condolences to all of your large loving family!

Pele

May 9, 2024 at 7:49 PM

Adios amigo, sorry for peeing on your snow.

Joel Bohemier

May 9, 2024 at 7:32 PM

To the green family..my condolences...Brian Barb and the kids were like family,,We always got excited as kids our  dad would say we're going to Uncle Brian's....

Rest in peace Brian..

Warren Ogren, a friend.

May 9, 2024 at 7:22 PM

I had the pleasure of playing bridge with Brian on Tuesday and Wednesday afternoons.  Those days were filled with stories and lots of laughs.

Brian talked about his children  and grandkids with pride.

To Brian's family, extended family and friends, my condolences.

Rest easy Brian!

Connie LeBlanc

May 9, 2024 at 6:24 PM

With my heartfelt & loving Condolences to Barbara & her family for their sudden loss. As I contemplate these past 6 decades of our extended family relationship, so many memories of ups & downs come to mind. They include numerous mutual Celebrations of joys, or those touching on the sorrows of mourning our parental & families Dearly Departed. My late husband Ivan hero-worshiped Brian and his keen intellect & grit. He sought his advice or support on various matters and willingly followed him into occasional adventures thru the years of youth. These jaunts pretty much yielded either a few challenges or raucous laughter in hindsight. Perhaps - perhaps - they have reunited... Brian was a unique one-of-a-kind person. He racked up many milestones and has left a legacy at his journey's end. He definitely will be, and is, very missed. Sending love & hugs to the family

Patty McGrath Findlay (cousin)

May 9, 2024 at 6:12 PM

Our family  visited at  times when Brian was very young ( 8-10 years) but never met him again after we became teenagers.   My sister Beth and I have thought of him periodically over the years but have never forgotten him,  So glad to learn that he was blessed with a good life and loving family.


Melissa Green

May 9, 2024 at 6:00 PM

Grandpa it’s the champ,

Your absence is deeply felt. The memories are deeply felt. Your love is deeply felt. I’d be lying if I said the world hasn’t felt different since you left. All my life I will keep the memories of us. All my life I will love you deeply. My dearest grandfather thank you for showing me a love that is true. Your love and your wisdom will forever be etched in my heart. Your legacy will live on through me. How lucky I have been to have a grandfather smile like you. I love you.

On my final day with my grandfather I walked in said grandpa it’s the champ I love you he smiled held my hand for a while I told him how much he was loved by all of us and that life is hard and this is hard and we weren’t going to let him do it alone he smirked it off in a way that spoke volumes to me as if he were saying ya i wouldn’t expect anything less from ya champ.

I showed him a picture of my baby dressed as an Easter bunny he says oh your daughter

I asked him to tell me a story he chuckled and said about what. Well I wasn’t sure what I needed to hear so I began to tell him a few… it turned into a bit of rambling as I tend to do when I’m nervous. He listened for a while and then as a true gentleman who needs to put a hault to this he says okay I’m shuttinger down now.

He slept for a bit..

Then he asked me for a beer and tried to get up to pay the lady. But I told him he had to sit back to drink his beer and that’s where I left him said the champ loves you and left him sitting with a beer and a smile.

He is a proud grandfather there is a lot for him to be proud of we’ve all accomplished so much in our lives some of us have built families, careers, we have all graduated and some of us have gone on to obtain multiple degrees, some of us have made it into the PGA the professional golf association for those that don’t know what PGA stands for. Some of us have made a claim to fame by going viral on social media and some of us are nationally recognized published authors. He had a lot to be proud of from each one of us. Our family is full of wonderful people and everyone is so lucky to have known him to know us and to be apart of the grandma and grandpa Green the Barb and Brian family legacy.


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