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Brian Wrightman


Obituary of Brian Wrightman

Wrightman, Brian- Passed away peacefully at Greater Niagara General Hospital on August 25, 2019. Forever loved by his wife of 38 years, Cathie. Loving and devoted father of Lindsay Switzer (Dustin), and Kyle (Jessica Meindersma). Adoring papa to his precious granddaughter, Elise Switzer. Dear brother of Carole Lunn, uncle Brian of Craig Lunn, Ryan Lunn, and great-uncle to Jack and Carter Lunn. Brian will also be remembered by his sister-in-law, Laurie Le Jeune, brothers-in-Law, John Lunn, Christopher Le Jeune, and Dennis Hilliker. Brian was predeceased by his parents: Harry Wrightman and Jayne (Johnston) Wrightman and by his parents-in-law, James and Marlene Le Jeune. Born and raised in Fort Erie, Brian began a graphic arts career in the printing industry, apprenticing and earning his Journeyman Printer’s certificate while employed with local printers, G.Lyon’s Litho. While raising his family he took positions with the St. Catharines Standard and Renown Printing in Niagara Falls, until joining Insight Instrument Corporation in Fort Erie, where he coordinated sales and marketing for the past 22 years. Brian was a dedicated cyclist and a lifelong musician, playing drums for several local bands including Deadwate, Isherwood, and Rock ‘n Country, as well as a sound and lighting technician for the band Ruckus. Brian’s heart was devoted to his family, as well as coaching and assisting ball teams at all levels, while cheering on soccer and basketball teams. His special girl, Zoey, left us only weeks before her daddy, and she has no doubt welcomed him with squeals of joy and a wildly wagging tail. Most of all, we will remember his famous sense of humour - the corny jokes, practical gags, pratfalls, silly faces and that generous laugh; he wanted everyone to laugh with him! Special thanks to the Cardiac Care Unit at Hamilton General Hospital, Dr. Doyle and the wonderful ICU team at Greater Niagara General Hospital. As per Brian’s wishes, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of Life will be held at a later date (to be announced). To honour Brian’s memory, please make charitable donations to the McMaster Children’s Hospital Foundation, Ronald McDonald House Charities, or your local SPCA. Online condolences may shared on Brian's tribute page found at

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Kent Dellenbusch
4 years ago

I have come to this page several times in the last week. Just not sure where to start……
The sadness that sits in my heart will always be there. Brian brought joy in the simplest form, laughter and conversation. Just looking at his pictures brings back a flood of memories. I’m so grateful to have them and to have had know Brian. Brian’s passing has taught me one more lesson in life, to be thankful for friendships and let your friends / family know this. For one day you will not be able to tell them any longer. I was waiting for a email reply from Brian and after two weeks I called the office only to hear the sad news.
Some messages are never heard.

My friendship started with work, the aviation industry 15 yrs ago. As time went by we talked about cycling and music. Oh… there were other things like dance videos and starting a business entertaining people, the list goes on. Fun and wild conversations. Every time I ride my bike a part of me will be riding for Brian, keeping him close to my heart. I sure will miss him.
Imagine, I’m only one of his friends. The impact he must have left on so many. When people say he will not be forgotten this is an understatement. What a wonderful Guy.
I wish I had one more call with him.

Susan (Sager) Sheppard
4 years ago

Cathie and family,
I am so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

Lisa Susi
4 years ago

Brian, I still remember the last trade show we did – though there was issues beyond our control we still made the best of it. I have missed working with you over the years your sense of humour! Hay, pillows will never be the same, ya all know the pillow joke, right? I’ll miss you but surly not as much as your loving family and have no doubt that Zoey is by your side on this next adventure leading the way.

Dan Broerse
4 years ago

In the 13 years I knew Brian he was always a fixture around our workplace, sharing his terrible jokes that we could still somehow never resist laughing at. His legacy lives on every time we re-tell one of his signature one-liners. I took many trips with him over the years to the various tradeshows, and despite the stress of work and travel we never failed to have a great time. He was well-known in the aviation business which is at once both an industry and a family, and he will be missed by more people than he ever could have realized. Know that he will never be forgotten by anyone who knew him, and I extend my sincerest condolences to his family in this difficult time.

Lisa Taraba
4 years ago

Lindsay, sending love and light to you and your family. While your dad is no long physically with you, a piece of him will always remain in your heart. 💕

Zoltan Pozsonyi
4 years ago

Brian I’m honoured that our paths crossed and we spent great times together, I will remember you and miss you forever, luv ya buddy

Jeremy Littleton
4 years ago

Sorry for your loss. I worked with Brian for 5 years in the early 2000’s at Insight. We travelled to the shows together so I have spent some time with him. He was such a funny guy. My sincerest condolecences to his family.

4 years ago

No picture will ever be the same, we’ll all miss his sense of humor and smile! Love from your cousins in Palmerston

Barbara A Morrison
4 years ago

Cathie and family,
I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this very sad time.
Barbara Morrison and family

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Jill Scott
4 years ago

Cathie, We are very sorry to read of Brian’s passing. Sending condolences to all of you.

The Wrights
4 years ago

Carole, John and family. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Rest easy Brian. XOXO

Patti and Gord Edwards
4 years ago

So sorry to hear of your loss of Brian. Thinking of you Cathy and Family and Carole and family
Thoughts and prayers to you all


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