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BRIAN DOUGLAS ERHART
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After a lengthy illness, Brian Erhart passed away Friday, November 13, 2015 at Riverview Health Centre at the age of 68 years.
He is survived by his wife, of 47 years, Judy (formerly Rossnagel); two sons Trevor Erhart (Noreen) and Mitchell Erhart; grandchildren Gabriel, Parker and Calla; siblings Donna Levine (David), Wesley Erhart (Margo), Warren Erhart (Marie) and Janice Jones (Brian), brother-in-laws Ron (Sandy), Richard (Gladys) and David (Sherrill) Rossnagel as well as aunts and cousins, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents Phil and Hannah Erhart; sister Sandra Erhart and recently mother-in-law Yvonne Allan.
Brian started at the CNR Transcona Shops in 1966 as a carman apprentice and retired in 2001 as a Senior Production Coordinator. He was always dedicated to his positions and believed in hard work and doing his best and beyond. He believed in treating everyone like he’d like to be treated. At home he kept busy on home improvements and was ready to help anyone whenever he could. He continually had a project and loved being outdoors. When the kids were growing up, family time at Spruce Lake was year round. Our family vacation usually took us to BC to visit family. When he was able, golfing with his boys and a game of shinny hockey at Melrose CC were his favorites. He loved his grandkids so much and always enjoyed their company. We enjoyed so many good times on our trip to Spain and winter holidays in Mexico and made many new friends. An avid sports fan, he loved watching the Jets, Bombers and Vikings. In earlier years he coached hockey, played touch football with the Combines, hockey and broomball with the CN Flyers, slow-pitch teams in the TK League, and with Aches and Pains, and Flashbacks.
A celebration of Brian’s life will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, November 19, 2015 at Riverwood Community Church, 257 Riverton Avenue. A private family interment will be held in Glen Lawn Memorial Gardens.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to CancerCare Manitoba, the Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group or a charity of choice.
The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to CancerCare Manitoba and the Palliative Care Unit on 3E at Riverview Health Centre for the professional and compassionate care Brian received during his time there.
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From: Barbara kostenuk/Elsie Lipkewicz and family
We are so saddened to hear of Brian's passing. It only came to our attention now, and we all want to say how sorry we are. Brian was a wonderful neighbour and always extended a helping hand when he could. His kindness and neighbourly help was ever so appreciated.
My mom (Elsie) thought the world of him. Judy with the Christmas season upon us now, I hope you are surrounded with much love and comfort of family and friends.
We are thinking of you.
Sincerely Barb, Elsie and family.
From: Gail McFadden (Schaen)
Dear Judy, So sorry to hearing of Brian's passing. Hope we can connect the next time I am in Winnipeg.
Thinking of you. Gail
From: Carol & Ron Johnson
Judy & family, we are so saddened to hear of Brian's passing. We enjoyed both of your company at the ball park. He will be dearly missed by all.
Our prayers & thoughts are with you.
From: Helen Smith
Judy my heart goes out to you and your family.
I did not know Brian was ill and feel bad about that. I always enjoyed being with him and yourself and I thought very highly of him as he was a great guy. Time does help heal but he will be deeply missed by all.
From: Bob & Corky Hayden
Brian may have been shortchanged in the game of life but now he's been drafted to a higher level. We can just picture him saying to the team "C'mon you guys." He was a good player and an all round nice guy. So sad he was taken so soon.
Sincere condolences to the family.
From: Brian & June Sprott
To Judy and family,
I first met Brian when I joined the "flashbacks" a few years ago. One thing I will always remember is how he could "pop" that ball out of the park - he had a real knack and always impressed the rest of us.
After Brian's diagnosis with prostate cancer, we kept in touch and discussed treatments several times. Brian was honest and open at Support Group meetings - readily sharing his story - hoping it would assist someone else.
At times like this, words can't express all the heart would say. We share in your sadness, want you to know that we care and send our sincere sympathy.
From: David Fitzpatrick
Judy and family, Leona and I have fond memories of sitting at Wesmen games and related UWinnipeg events with Brian and you. We are all very saddened to learn of your loss. We will be making a donation, in Brian's memory, to CancerCare Manitoba (Manitoba Prostate Cancer Support Group). We are all thinking of you during this difficult time,
From: Irma Erhart
My deepest condolences to Judy and Family! My thoughts and prayers are with you all. May the Lord give you strength, courage and love at this very difficult time and in the future. May you find comfort in knowing that others care.
I remember when I first met Brian. He was an energetic little cousin of Ray's who hitched a ride with Ray and I after a visit at Ray parent's farm near Camper, Manitoba. He never stopped talking and laughing so there was not a dull moment on that ride.
Remembered too for his continued energy and humor on his many trips to visit family, here in Nanaimo. He left behind many delightful memories and he will be missed.
Rest in Peace dear Brian!
From: Don Wiebe
So sorry to hear of Brians passing.....very much enjoyed our time playing with the Flashbacks, especially Brians homeruns.....
From: Ingrid and Bill Wedlake
You have been in thoughts a lot over the last year. We were so sad to hear about his passing. We have very fond memories of our times together at the Wesmen games and U of W staff gathering. He had incredible energy and a great sense of humour. Brian was a wonderful man who will be missed by many.
Our love to Judy and his whole family.
From: Karen & Bruce Wells
Our sincere sympathy to Judy and family. So glad that we were able to visit Brian in the hospital and our stay with you, Judy. Glad we were able to share the 10 second hugs with both of you. We will cherish the wonderful memories we have of Brian.
From: Jerry and Lucille Lysy
So very sorry to hear that Brian has passed away. We shared many a laugh during the Flashbacks slowpitch games. Another big highlight was our time spent in Bucerias Mexico enjoying each other's company. To Judy, may you be strong during this very difficult time and hold great memories of your time spent together with Brian.
From: Betty Erhart (Ron)
Judy My deepest and sincere sympathy go out to you and your family at this sad time. May you find comfort in the memories of your lives together.
Betty and family