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Brian Watkin

Brian William Watkin

Sunday, May 7th, 1933 - Wednesday, July 15th, 2020
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Watkin, Brian William:
Passed away peacefully on July 15, 2020 at Sunnyside Home in Kitchener, Ontario at the age of 87.
Beloved Husband of Joan Watkin (nee Young) for 63 years.
Dear Father of Lynne (Kevin) Fries and the late Dawn Watkin.
Cherished Granddad to Amanda Drumond (Vince) and Sasha (Jason) Carreiro. Great-Granddad to Audrey, Harrison, Rowan and Evelyn.
Predeceased by his siblings Joan (Norman) McInnis, Derek (Barbara) Watkin, and Lilly (Bill) Wilson. Also remembered by his many nieces and nephews, in both Canada and England.
Brian served in the British Royal Navy for seven years as an electrician. He and Joan married on August 19, 1956 and later immigrated to Canada in 1963, finally settling in Guelph, Ontario.
After working as a machinist for several years, Brian’s artistic talent drew him to a career in the graphic arts. Following retirement from the Ministry of Agriculture at the University of Guelph, Brian and Joan enjoyed vacationing in the U.S. and eastern Canada, eventually buying their dream property on the Bay of Fundy, New Brunswick.
Brian was active in his church choir and enjoyed performing in local theatre. Family and friends fondly remember Brian for his fun-loving antics with whom they shared much laughter and happy memories.
The family extends their heartfelt gratitude to the staff at Sunnyside Home for their compassionate care over the past four years.
Brian’s family will receive relatives and friends from 5:00pm – 8:00pm on Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at the Henry Walser Funeral Home, 507 Frederick Street, Kitchener. Due to current social distancing restrictions, guests must RSVP to attend Brian’s visitation at www.henrywalser.com or by calling 519-749-8467.
As expressions of sympathy, donations to the Fundy Community Foundation - Dawn Watkin Memorial Scholarship would be appreciated by the family (cards available at the funeral home).
Visit www.henrywalser.com for Brian’s memorial.
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  • Visitation

    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 | 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Tuesday, July 21st, 2020 5:00pm - 8:00pm
    Henry Walser Funeral Home Ltd.
    507 Frederick St.
    Kitchener, ON N2B 2A5
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Donations are being accepted for: FUNDY COMMUNITY FOUNDATION.


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Liz Blanchett

Posted at 09:27am
I was a music volunteer who was frequently on Joan and Brian's floor at Sunnyside until the shut down. It was always such a pleasure to see them both. I would often talk to them while they were waiting for lunch. We always had a very pleasant conversation and sometimes they would tell me about Brian's time in the Navy and of their early days in Canada. It was clear that they were such a devoted couple. Whenever I would go and get Joan to take her to one of our hymn sings, she would always say goodbye to Brian when she left and go directly to his room when we were finished.
All of the family photos they had in their rooms were a testimony to how proud they were of their family.
Even though i am not able to be at Sunnyside right now, I know how much Brian will be missed.
With my sincere condolences, Liz Blanchett



Posted at 05:09pm
I will miss you Granddad....your singing and whistling of show tunes, your silly sense of humor, the games we played at Christmas - Spoons, Rummoli, and of course the Pooping Cow - hearing your stories of growing up during the war, how you and Grandma met on a double-date, and camping adventures/mishaps. You were truly a renaissance man, and you worked hard for everything you had. I'm very lucky to have had you in my life and I will treasure your memory always.

Helen savidant

Posted at 05:03pm
As a child I spent a lot of time with aunt Joan and uncle Brian. Dawn and I spent so much time together. I love all the memories that I have and I cherish them so much. Wish I could have seen you one last time. Always in my heart ❤️

Lynne Fries Posted at 11:07am

Thank you Helen, Great memories sweetie!🤗😘

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Posted at 03:14pm
Our condolences to your family. We remember Brian very fondly and are so sorry he has passed. Moe and Dagmar.
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Lise Egerdeen

Posted at 02:25pm
Condolences to Joan, Lynne,Kevin and the whole family.

Fondest memory was when my Mom came to Ontario and we went over to Lynne's for a tea party with Brian and Joan. So much laughter and wit. A friendship between the 3 of them that lasted for years with many phone calls between Ontario and Saskatchewan. You will be missed dearly Brian.💗

Lynne Fries Posted at 11:08am

Thank you Lise, I remember that day well!😃 They all became instant buddies!😘💕

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