WOODS, Brian James

Sadly and suddenly, Brian lost his courageous battle with cancer on August 21, 2012.  Brian passed with his loving wife, Elaine, holding his hand and his sister, Anita, brother, Blake and friend, Ingrid by his side to support him.  Brian has gone to join his father James Wood and mother Hazel Wood and his two sons Jamie and Shane who pre-deceased him. Brian was a wonderful, caring and loving husband to Elaine and she will miss him terribly.  He was the most generous man, never wanting anything for himself; in fact, he was embarrassed when he received gifts.  Yet, he would have given Elaine the moon.  Not a day went by without Brian telling her how much he loved her.  He promised to always watch over her and would be waiting for her.  His daughters, Ashley and Brittany will certainly miss their special father. As will his step-family of Kieran, Emily, Kate and Cameron along with his wife Michelle and the two granddaughters, Madelyn and Charlotte. Brian was the eldest of twelve rambunctious siblings, Marlene, Bruce, Anita, Blake, Gail, James, Jane, David, Dwight, April and Paul whom he took great delight in teasing as they were growing up.  They will have a hard time filling the void that his passing has left in all their lives.  His many nephews and nieces were always happy to see their Uncle Brian at family events. Brian was the family historian.  His fantastic memory for History and Music astounded us all. He was a terrific trivia player.  Brian loved music and could tell you when a record was released, who played on it, when one of the players left the band and who replaced him.  He could name any song after the first three notes.  He was a superb storyteller of the family growing up and he could make you laugh till tears ran down your cheeks. Brian accepted the news of his illness with such resolve.  He was grateful for all the treatments offered to him through Princess Margaret Hospital and the care of Dr. Malcolm Moore and his wonderful clinical nurse, Bernice Southwood.  He never complained and expected that he would beat the cancer.  Brian always maintained a positive attitude and if you asked how he was doing, he’d say “Fine, I feel good”. After taking a sudden turn for the worse and going into hospital, he unfortunately was unable to return home to be with his wife as he so desperately desired.  We take small comfort that he is no longer suffering.  Cremation has already taken place and there will not be a formal service. All his family, friends and co-workers are invited to please join in a Celebration of the Life of Brian James Woods on Sunday, September 2nd, 2012 between 1.00 and 4.00pm in the Party Room at 80 Port Street East, Port Credit.  Parking is available on the street and underneath the Condo Building.  Port Street is one block South of Lakeshore Blvd and runs West off Hurontario.  If travelling by QEW, take the Hurontario exit and go south, through Lakeshore Blvd to the first street on the right.  The building is on the corner. You may RSVP to [email protected]

6 replies
  1. Trudy Young
    Trudy Young says:

    I’m sending you dear Friend lots of Warm, White, Light! You know he’s with you always. Allow yourself to greive sweetheart and know my heart is with you so call if you need anything. That was so beautifully written Elaine, It didn’t surprise me at all that you wrote it! You were both meant to be together and how enriched your life has been because of your union. His life was also enriched by your inner and outer beauty and ability to truly LOVE. God Bless! luv Trudy & Spirit x

  2. Laurie Whitehurst
    Laurie Whitehurst says:

    Elaine – I’m so, so sorry for your great loss. Know that I am thinking of you and sending you strength to get through what you must.

  3. Bruce Woods
    Bruce Woods says:

    I truly believed Brian was going to beat cancer.When Brian set his mind on something he was always successful. Growing up not only was he my big brother but also my good friend. I am really going to miss him.

  4. Rosanne Caruso Müller
    Rosanne Caruso Müller says:

    Brian was far too young to have left this life. And, it seems so unfair, Elaine, that two people, so much in love and so happy together, should be separated like this. How can we ever even try to understand why it happens this way. I know you have been his strength and he has been yours. My wish for you is that you will find solace in reflecting upon the joyful times you have had with each other and in the realization that there was a reason the two of you were brought together at this time in this life.. My best love goes to all of you who suffer the loss of Brian and I look forward to joining you in a Celebration of His Life.

  5. Cathy Evanoff
    Cathy Evanoff says:

    What a wonderfully written obit – has your name all over it Elaine, my dear. Your love for him shows through with every word. I just LOVE the photograph of Brian, so very happy and incredibly handsome on his wedding day to you and am honoured to have been present for that fabulous event – with you looking over his shoulder in the background – so very sweet. Gord and I look forward to seeing you on Sunday – Thanks!


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