Patriquin, Donald “Brian” – Age 74 of Bass River, passed away quietly on October 12, 2018, in the QEII Infirmary Site, Halifax, with his daughter-in-law by his side holding his hand. Brian would want to be remembered most as a man of faith, who loved the Lord, and from this love came the love for his family, friends and his community. He will be greatly missed by us all.
Brian grew up in the big metropolis of Bass River, which he was very proud of and never failed to return to, no matter how far he roamed. In his later years, he was an active member of the Bass River Heritage Society and could often be found perched on a lawn mower cutting somebody’s grass.
Brian loved music and enjoyed playing his piano, and if you were out for an evening stroll along Maple Avenue in Bass River, you would often hear him playing his favorite hymns through the living room windows.
Brian was a true jack of all trades. From plumbing to electrical to woodworking, he did it all – and sometimes even correctly. He had an eclectic work history which included installing elevators, constructing torpedoes, maintaining a nuclear power plant, chemical plant operator for 23 years, and in his retirement, he was a golf course superintendent. And somewhere in there, he found time to sell vacuum cleaners and natural cleaning products door-to-door.
Brian is survived by his sons, Aaron (Pattie), Trever (Melody); brothers, Ronnie and Terry; sisters, Gail, Judy and Cindy; grandchildren, Logan (Shaina), Jasmine and Colton (Kati); great-granddaughter, Emery; many nieces, nephews and extended family. Brian was preceded by his wife, Myrna Lynn (MacDonald); parents, Orville Patriquin and Helen (Patriquin) Abbott; brother, Michael.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Arimathea Funeral Cooperative, Upper Musquodoboit. Funeral service will be held on Tuesday, October 16, at 7 p.m. in Riverside United Church, Bass River, with Major Bruce Jennings officiating.
A special thank you to staff of the QEII Cardiac Unit for their loving care and support during his final days. Thus, in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to QEII Health Sciences Centre Foundation, Cardiac Care Unit, at QE2Foundation.ca or 1-888-428-0220.
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