Brian Garwood Marquardt – 1940 – 2021
It is with great sadness that Brian’s family shares his sudden, unexpected passing at the age of 80. Brian passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 30th, 2021 at Scarborough Centenary Hospital after watching his beloved Toronto Maple Leafs play the 6th game of the Montreal playoff series. Brian was born and raised in Eganville, Ontario. Devoted husband of almost 56 years to Bonnie (nee Brittle). Son of the late Lawrence and Doris (nee Biesenthal); brother of Darwin; cherished father to Glenn (Shawna) and Corinna (James); adored Grampa/Poppa to Maxwell, Avery, and Kayleigh. Brian will be sadly missed by his nieces, Kelly (Gary) and Tracie, and his numerous relatives, friends and past co-workers. Brian lived and loved life to the fullest; always with a joke and a smile on his face and was kind to everyone he met. He volunteered with the Eganville Fire Department and was a retired East York/Toronto Firefighter #133 for 30+ years.
Family was Brian’s first priority. He enjoyed family gatherings immensely. Brian’s children were his pride and joy. He was involved in everything they did growing up from sports, helping with school projects, and driving them to their summer jobs in Kearney, Ontario. He treasured his grandchildren; always baking and creating care packages for them with new snacks, comics, things to colour, and pictures. Brian was an enthusiastic outdoorsman going on many canoe trips with family and friends. He loved spending time with his family at the cottage on Baptiste Lake and volunteered his time on the Baptiste Lake Association. He was also a leader with Scouts Canada. We love you Brian/Dad/Grampa/Poppa.
We will miss you always. Rest in peace. Due to restrictions surrounding COVID-19, a private family visitation was held Wednesday, June 2nd. Brian has chosen cremation and has gone to fight his last fire.
Family and friends will gather to celebrate Brian’s life at a later date. As an expression of sympathy, donations may be made in Brian’s memory to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or a charity of choice.
To read the full Obituary and to share memories, please visit: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/west-hill-on/brian-marquardt-10213873
Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends from all our Fire Fighter Retiree Groups.
In Solidarity, Retired Toronto Fire Fighters Association I.A.F.F. Local 3888