Bryan Eric Sydney
December 11, 1951 ~ September 17, 2003
Dear Bryan climbed the highest mountain September 17, 2003, leaving behind mother Betty, brother Brooke, sisters Lyn (Brian McFadyen), Diane (Davel) Brooke-Webster, Nancy (Norman) Barker, nieces Kai, Raphael and Noele, nephews Kyle and Brodie, great-nephew Nakulah, and all his relations, friends and caregivers.
Trained in horticulture at BCIT, Bryan served his apprenticeship cultivating the Rose Garden at Stanley Park, and building the Van Deusen and UBC Horticultural gardens. He went on to become the head municipal gardener of Campbell River. As a resident of Quadra Island for many years, Bryan fulfilled his passion for hiking, fishing and mountain climbing. His artistic nature expressed itself through woodworking, batik and stained glass.
In 1984, after recovering from a previous stroke, Bryan suffered a massive stroke and was diagnosed at Vancouver General Hospital with moya moya disease. After rehabilitation at G. F. Strong, he remained in care until his death. A long-time resident of the Cowichan Valley, Bryan lived at Cedars in Duncan for a number of years before it closed, returning to the Warm Land to become a resident of Cobble Hill’s Skeleem Village in 1994. He especially loved working with Hank in the gardens there. Since Skeleem was downsized in preparation for its untimely closing, Bryan has been in home care.
Bryan will be remembered for his great courage, and for the smile and chuckle he so readily shared with us all.
The family would like to thank Cowichan District Hospital for being a superb model of community based health care working at its best for patients and families of the Valley.
A celebratory gathering will be held at the Maple Bay Rowing Club, 6735 Beaumont Rd, on Sunday, September 28, 2003 from 1 p.m. on. All welcome.