With broken hearts our family announces that Bryan passed away in Edmonton after a lengthy struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease. Heartfelt thanks to all the staff at the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre, especially Bedrija and Stalin, who provided him with the special care and attention he deserved. He was born in Ottawa, ON, raised in Regina, SK and then lived in Edmonton. Bryan is survived by his loving wife, Bonnie, and his sons, Sean (Michelle) and Colin (Tracy), stepdaughters Dawn, Carrie and Lindsay (Jack), brother Robert (Julia) and sister, Marni (Paul), grandchildren Samantha, Griffin, Talyn, Cole and Ty. He was predeceased by his son, Ryan (Tasha) and his parents, Cliff and Roberta Westerman.
He studied and practiced law in Edmonton until 2009; however, Bryan’s true passion was being an artist. He spent many evening and weekend hours at his easel painting his favorite subjects using acrylics. He loved to challenge himself painting difficult subjects. In 2003, he had the opportunity to share his creations at his own art exhibit at the U of A Extension Art Gallery. In later years when the disease robbed him of his ability to paint, he spent many hours working with adult coloring books to express his artistic abilities. Bryan loved sports, especially football and remained a Roughriders fan all of his life. Bryan was also a fitness buff; he loved to golf and was an avid runner who completed many marathons and other road races over the years. One of his favorite places to run was on the Whitemud Creek Ravine trails with Bonnie. He loved their little dogs, Zoey and Gracie, and would take the family cat, Benson, out for walks. Bryan was a huge rock and roll fan, especially enjoying the Rolling Stones and The Tragically Hip!
Bryan was that rare individual who was comfortable in any social setting and could set anyone at ease with his kind nature and sense of humor. He was well loved by everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. A good friend/former colleague, Glenn Godfrey, recently told Bonnie how he remembered Bryan (“Westy”). Glenn captured Bryan’s character perfectly:
|· Impeccably dressed||· Hard working|
|· Always had time for me||· Fit|
|· Longest signature ever||· Problem solver|
|· Great sense of humor||· Not a blamer|
|· Fun to have a beer with||· Westy was a fan favorite|
No formal service is currently scheduled. Memorial donations may be made to the Edmonton General Continuing Care Centre online at www.covenanthealth.ca/donate or by mail at Covenant Foundation, Room 3C60, 11111 Jasper Ave., Edmonton, AB, T5K 0L4.
Serenity Funeral Service – South Edmonton, (780)450-0101