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Fiche créée le : 2004-12-08
Décès le : 2004-12-08
Parution : 2004-12-09
Paru dans : The Standard, St. Catharines, ON

McBRAIN, Syd, Heaven is a richer place, but our home immeasurably poorer. For today it is with great sadness that we must announce the departure of a most gentle man and a wonderful gentleman. Syd McBrain passed away at the St. Catharines General Ho spital on December 8th in the arms of his beloved wife Marg. He fought a courageous battle with cancer, never giving up, always hoping for another day, that he could enjoy. He was always so grateful for having been lucky enough to have a full happy l ife with very little sickness and lots of good times and much laughter. Syd was born in London England, April 13, 1918 where he was raised and educated. He grew up in the heart of London, an only child of William and Anne McBrain (deceased). When WW II was declared he was called up and served with the R.A.F. for six years. He saw service in France, Belgium, and Holland. 1941 to 1942 were spent in Kingston Ontario. In 1957 he emigrated from London England to Ontario. He opened a jewellery busines s on Niagara Street in St. Catharines. He started out by repairing watches and selling small amounts of jewelry. In 1965 he moved his business to the Grantham Plaza. The rest is history. He received the coveted Golden Nugget Award as Jeweler of the y ear and went on to have a business that served the people of St. Catharines and the Niagara area for thirty years. Syd was a craft member of the British Horological Institute, a life member of the St. Catharines Business Club, also a member of the Ro yal Canadian Legion Branch #350. His passion in life was sailing and the Dalhousie Yacht Club was a very important part or his life. He has so many friends that will miss him from the Yacht Club, especially his dear friend and confidante Norm Houghto n. Syd was a Past Commodore and Racing Chairman of D.Y.C. and a life member. Syd was also a member of the St. Catharines Power and Sail Squadron, where he taught piloting for ten years. He leaves his family behind to grieve him. His beloved wife and partner Marg, his son Richard McBrain and wife Jean. Vineland, his son Philip McBrain, Manhattan N.Y. and his daughter Fiona and husband Dr. Steven Fache, Abba Dhabi. He was so proud of his grandchildren. Sarah White and husband Jeff. St. Catharines, Adam McBrain and wife Vlladia Toronto and Andrea McBrain, Toronto. His cup runneth over when he was able to hold his first great grandchild in his arms, Madelaine Mackenzie White. Syd will be greatly missed by his extended family, which he was so ki nd and loving to. They are Cindy Tache and husband Mike McCully Toronto, Martin Tache and wife Sabine, Beamsville, Michel Tache, St. Catharines, Lisa Tache and Michael Newell, St. Catharines. He will always be granddad to Angela, Dylan, and Taylor Ta che. Syd will be missed by many friends. He touched each and every person he ever met with his commitment in life to find the best in everyone. His motto in life was " No matter who you met, always meet them as your friend." No flowers please. Syd wo uld like each and everyone he ever knew to do a good deed or a kind word to someone they meet. Donations to a charity of your choice. The family will receive friends at the HULSE & ENGLISH FUNERAL HOME & CHAPEL, 75 Church Street on Saturday 7-9 p.m. and Sunday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral Service in the Chapel on Monday, December 13, 2004 at 11 a.m. Cremation to follow. 12/9/2004- ID5364350 - St. Catharines Standard


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