Donald “Brian” Metheral


It is with profound sadness we announce the passing of Brian after a short illness.

He will be greatly missed by his family, friends and those that worked with him at Val Berg’s Mens Wear.

Brian will be remembered for his compassionate and loving nature.

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Janet Skoreyko

Brian Metheral was one of the “Good Guy”s…a really “Nice Man”. I know Brian’s long time friends Rex, Byron, Jim, Chuck, Neil and others would agree with me and we all morn his loss. In some way or another Val Berg’s Men Wear was always part of Brian’s life and those that worked with him will also feel his absence.
I first met Brian…or just “B” as most of us called him, in 1982. We married a few years later and shortly after the above mentioned friends re-created the Newly Wed Game for us. Interestingly enough it was Neil and his current lady that won the game, not us.
B had many passions in life…the racetrack was one of them. His Granddad look him to the track as a boy and Brian never out grew it. If you wanted to hang out with Brian you needed to learn how to handicap the races. So I learned, and together we cheered on Blue Gum Surprise to victory. Then came Baseball. Not many women know the difference between a Pass Ball and a Wild Pitch…but I do. The roof exploded off our house when Carter hit the home run that put the Blue Jays into World Series History. Same thing when the Oiler’s won their first Stanley Cup. Val Berg’s had season tickets so we followed the team closely and we celebrated on Japer Avenue with the rest of Edmonton. Next, we watched, studied and became fans of Professional Cycling together. Every July, the Tour de France was our main source of conversation. But it was curling that Brian loved most…it was chess on ice. He curled his entire life often at The Granite Club. Oddly enough we did not curl together when we were married, but when the divorce was final we set up a mixed team at Balmoral that won back to back league championships. So we moved the team to the Saville Sports and continued to play together for a decade wining more league championships until I moved to Ontario.
Brian and I always kept in touch. He took care of me and helped me through my cancer surgeries and he was there when my Dad passed away. He’s been there to talk to through most of my adult life and I cherish those times and the advise he had to offer.
We had dinner every Sunday night for 12 years….steak, scalloped potatoes and mushrooms…same thing each week. One week he wanted me to listen to his new favourite song….Cher’s “Believe”. He was so funny. Brian was not a dancer, but he bounced and danced to Cher’s song…we laughed…bounced and that’s how I’m going to remember B.

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