I lost touch with Brian after we spent 2-3 years living together as young lads in the early 70's but we had a lot of fun and I had tried to reach him over all these years to touch base. We first shared a 4-bed townhouse on Van Horne by the Peanut Plaza with 2 others. That was a barrel of laughs as none of us had any real responsibilities back then and work was something to get through until the evening rolled up. Lot's of happy memories!
From Van Horne I bought a condo at York Mills and Victoria Park in 1972 and Brian wanted to take the second bedroom to help me with the mortgage and because we were friends so we bunked together for probably 2+ years. I remember a constant stream of lovely young ladies, (hard to forget!!), as Brian's silver tongue worked it's magic and I'd get up in the morning most Sunday's not knowing if we had company or not. It was just being young and having fun and Brian lived life to the full back then and was a great counterpoint to my more staid British ways. He was a good friend and good company and I liked him a lot. Eventually I was getting ready to get married and Brian moved on with his life but we stayed in touch. But as always happens, life moves on and we lost contact. Sad to say Linda and I have been living in Stoufville for the past 9 years and it seems Brian might have been too, since his service will be there on Monday. Perhaps we saw each other regularly in the local Tim's and didn't know it.
I'm sad to hear of his passing and more sad that we didn't stay in touch. My condolences to all those who loved him and will be at his funeral. He was a good guy, a good friend and I'm sad he's gone.