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55 Charing Cross Street
Brantford, ON N3R 2H4
Phone: 519-753-8655
Fax: 519-753-1195
Brian Cross

Brian Edward Cross

Friday, May 22nd, 1959 - Friday, October 16th, 2020
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Brian Edward Cross
May 22nd, 1959 – October 16th, 2020

“It’s all part of growing up.”
A phrase Brian always reminded his girls.

With profound and deep sadness, surrounded by his family, Brian lost his short battle with cancer. Brian’s greatest love was for his wife of 35 years, Leslie. A woman he couldn’t live without. Together they raised 2 daughters, Mackenzie and Lexi whom he loved unconditionally and guided to become their best selves. Brian is also survived by his loving parents Marilyn Cross & Doug (deceased) brothers Larry & David (Heather). Brian was a wonderful son-in-law to Pat & Stan Walker (deceased). Brian is survived by his brother-in-laws Brent Walker and Paul & Yolanda Walker (deceased), Brian was the adoring uncle to many nieces and nephews Somer (Greg) Guymer, Terra Cross, Arica Cross (John), Dakota, Jarrett, Hannah, Arenal, Taylor (Dillon) and Maddy.

Brian was born in Brantford, Ontario. The middle child of three boys. From a young age Brian’s passion included all things hockey related, whose quiet confidence and pride allowed him to soar in his chosen profession, winning the love and admiration of all he touched. Throughout the years team members became life-long friends. The highlight of which was being drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1979 from the Brantford Alexander’s Junior A hockey club. Brian was an individual who marched to his own drum with a wicked, fun-loving sense of humour that will be sorely missed by those who knew him best. In the off season, Brian’s passions included fishing and golfing, creating countless memories that will always be cherished. One of Brian’s proudest moments was winning the Provincials in 2012, with the Bantam A, girls hockey team.

Brian will be sorely missed and remembered by many as he made such an impact on many lives.

Thank you to all of the amazing nurses in the CCU of the BGH who took such good care of Brian.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the family has decided to have a celebration of Brian’s life that will be held at a later date when all family and friends will be able to attend. Donations in Brian’s memory can be made to the Heart & Stroke or Canadian Cancer Society.
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Halle Rutherford

Posted at 10:52pm
Coach Brian was the coach who always made sure every girl was having fun while still working hard. The first thing he ever said to me was that I made the team because he saw potential in me and that has always stuck with me. From never wanting to play defence in my life to now not wanting to play anything other than defence, a position he played very well, he pushed me to do the best I could. Coach Brian always told me he had confidence in me and really believed I could do anything even if I didn’t think I could. He made me a better person on and off the ice. He always knew exactly what to say to brighten me up. He truly has had a big impact on my life and I will forever look up to Coach Brian and I am forever grateful for everything he has taught me I am so sorry for you loss, he will never be forgotten.
- Halle Rutherford
#4 Brantford Ice cats

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Michael Nimchuk

Posted at 08:48pm
Leslie, it is sad to hear that Brian passed away. My sincere condolences to you, your daughters and family. I am sorry for your loss.
Michael Nimchuk
RD

Rene & Durelle

Posted at 03:05pm
Marilyn & Brian's Family.
So sorry for your loss, sending our Sincere Sympathy @ this sad time.

Rene & Durelle DeCooman

AW

Ann Wright

Posted at 07:53am
I'm so sorry for your loss. You have my heartfelt condolences. Ann Wright
NC

Nicole Chwastyk

Posted at 07:59pm
There really are no words that can describe how great of a guy Brian really was. I was lucky enough to have many years with Brian as my coach and those were the best years of playing hockey. He was a truly talented coach and player who had a passion for hockey. Just like I'm sure a lot of you can relate, Brian had a huge role in shaping me into the person I am today. Everything that he taught me on the ice has helped me become a better person off the ice. No matter what he never lost his patience, even if we managed to make a terrible play or 3 of us ended up in the penalty box at the same time.
I'll never forget during the finals in the provincial gold medal game when we had just finished our second overtime period and we were tied 0-0. Expecting some big speech from him, Brian walked into the dressing room and all he said was something along the lines of "We got this girls" and that was it. And let me tell you we got that gold medal. Brian believed in all of us girls and that meant the world to us.

Leslie, Kenzie and Lexi, I am so sorry for your loss. The Chwastyk's send their deepest condolences.
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