August 14, 1947 - August 10, 2022
Brian Parkhurst passed away August 10, 2022.
He was born to parents Mary and Kelvin Parkhurst in Trail, BC on August 14, 1947. He graduated from Viscount Bennet High School in Calgary, a commerce degree from the University of Manitoba, and was the gold medalist of his CMA graduating class. He spent his career in commercial banking predominantly at TD bank. He spent time with branches in Winnipeg, Regina, Edmonton, and Saskatoon where he and his gregarious sense of humour made their mark. Throughout his post-secondary education and career, he kept a strong connection with his poker group that remained buddies for over 50 years.
Brian and Donna were married in 1970 and raised two children together - parted amicably and have remained friends since their 1989 divorce. Brian was then fortunate enough to find love a second time and married Evie a decade later, developing a parental role with her two daughters as well. They loved travelling, wintered in Mexico, and later Arizona and treasured their Grand Beach time every summer.
Brian is survived by his four children Sherry Gard (Jayson), Jim Parkhurst (Amanda), Kelly Beech, Kacey Anderson (Alicia), grandchildren Jack, Luke, Matthew, Graham, Kirbee, and Charlie, as well as his sisters Barbara Fraser, Allison Stefanyshyn (Richard), brother-in-law Jerry Ilchyna and their families. He was predeceased by his parents Mary and Kelvin Parkhurst, and his sister Gerry Ilchyna.
Brian was known for his love of sports, news, politics, and always had a story to tell. He enjoyed all gatherings, and engaged all within earshot with enthusiasm. He had a ready story, quip, new joke, or accomplishment of his extensive family to share with anyone he met. He had health struggles for many years, and regaled medical staff with the same, while always profoundly grateful for the excellent care he received.
Warmest thanks to doctors T. Buchel, S. Armstrong, J. Embil, V. Woo, M. Raabe, J. Enns, T. Tufescu, G. Eschun, B. McCarthy, and the multitude of multidisciplinary staff at Seven Oaks, St. Boniface Hospital, and Health Sciences Centre that took the time to share a chuckle with him while providing stellar care.
A wake was held Monday, August 15th at Norwood Community Centre.
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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