Brian loved life. He loved the days he was given and all that they held: family, friends, beauty, nature, literature, food, music, biking, hiking, kayaking. He savored every thing and every moment. His response to life was the request for more of it. He knew the source of “all good things”. He knew his Father in Heaven and turned to Him in moments of joy as well as pain.
The great love of his life was his family. Brian’s deep affection and admiration for Grace and Peter spilled over, evident to anyone who asked about his children. He delighted in their interests and proudly celebrated their accomplishments. Their family started with a love story. Brian met Julia through a college fellowship at Western Washington University in 1983. After years of extensive letter writing and being “just friends”, he convinced her to join him in Washington D.C. There they courted, married (1994), and launched their life together.
Brian started his work life teaching middle school drama and English until he achieved his dream of a career in the State Department, where he served for over 35 years. Brian loved every minute of his tours in London, Belfast, Mexico, Guatemala, San Jose, and Washington. He was known for being an attentive mentor to new hires and is remembered for his remarkable kindness. He continued to work with enjoyment and determination throughout his 18 years of cancer treatment.
Those who knew Brian will remember him as a faithful friend and dear companion on the Journey. We will miss you, dear Brother. We look forward to the day we will see you as well as our Savior, face to face. You’re Home at last.
Brian’s memorial service will take place on Saturday, June 26 at 4 p.m. at Truro Anglican Church, 10520 Main St, Fairfax, VA 22030