It is with deep sadness that we mourn Brian’s passing at Glengarry Hospital after a long illness.  He was our dear husband, father and grandfather.  Brian was predeceased by his son, Peter O’Loughlin Newman (Faye), mother Moya O’Loughlin Sinclair (Robert) and former wife Mary Finlayson O’Loughlin.

Brian is remembered by his wife Elizabeth Smalley (O’Loughlin); daughter Jenanne O’Loughlin Cramer (James) and grandsons Robson and Hudson; son Danny O’Loughlin (Charmaine) and granddaughter Avery and grandson Finn; grandson Richard Newman; nephews Robert (Heidi) and Lee Finlayson; niece Lynda (Al) Horne.  Brian will also be remembered by his New Zealand “family” The McNairs, Tony and Fauna, Jennie Woods (Simon), Rodney, Pam Callaghan (Tricky), and Brian’s godsons Kieran (Vena), Liam (Belinda) and Finn (Jeanie) Callaghan.

Brian was a courageous, passionate person who lived a life full of adventures, starting at age 7 when he was evacuated from his birth home in Surrey, England to New Zealand during WW2.

Brian’s curiosity and empathy led him to study the Māori culture in his beloved second home.  Becoming a NZ citizen, Brian served with distinction on NZ’s K force in Korea, and was proud to be chosen for the NZ cycling team at the British Empire Games.

Brian’s favourite job became air traffic control in Toronto, and he proudly became a Canadian citizen.  Later, he excelled in retail sales management for Best & Co. in New York, Fashion Bar in Colorado, Holt Renfrew in Edmonton, Battery OneStop in Florida and California, and JCI Tech in Victoria.

Brian believed in leading by positive example, and relied on his strong faith.  He had self confidence and luck of the Irish in abundance, and took great pride in dressing fashionably.  Brian was a kind and loving father and loyal friend who stood with unwavering strength to support everyone and every cause he believed in.

Brian travelled extensively, traversing the Panama Canal 5 times and the Suez Canal twice, and especially enjoyed his visits to Aiden, Gibraltar, Japan and Bermuda.

Brian has asked us not to hold a formal service for him but suggested it would make him so happy if instead, we share love and memories, toasting with his favourite whiskey.

Our grateful thanks to Dr. Doug Hartford, Dr. Rod McFadyen and staff at Glengarry Hospital, and to all of you, near and far, for your loving care to this special man, and for the help and support you gave to us, as Brian’s life moved to its next season.  As Brian was often heard to exclaim, “Good on you, that man!”

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

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  • Les & Cheryl Weiss

    Brian was first a respected workmate who grew into a good friend to both Cheryl and I. We shared many a “Paddy”s Day” toast and he would always come come down to support and enjoy the various bands I played in. He will be missed, but leaves a legacy and many fond memories. “Good on ya Brian”. May we meet again on the other side.

  • Nephew Robert Finlayson

    What an amazing man that I had the privilege to call my Uncle! So many fond memories. How that guy could make me laugh at some of the goofiest performances I’ve ever seen.

    I will always remember and miss my “UNC”

  • Don and Lynne McAskill

    Wishing you peace, comfort, courage and lots of love at this time of sorrow.

    Don &Lynne McAskill & Family

  • Mark McKenzie

    With an exceptionally wonderful life! May he rest in peace!

  • Tom, Joy Ellan and family

    Our deepest condolence
    May the love, of those around you
    Help you through the days ahead

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