February 21, 1944 – February 9, 2020
Bryan Oliver Bracken, a gentle, loving and caring man, passed away peacefully on Sunday, February 9, 2020 at the age of 75 years, with his loving family holding him closely, easing away his pain. This most devoted man has left a permanent mark etched on our hearts. His determination and strength were admirable until the end.
Bryan had a vivacious personality and always made people around him laugh, making friends everywhere he went. He was not only an amazing husband, father and Poppa but also an accomplished businessman known around the Columbia Valley area. Proud to have his son by his side, Bryan accomplished great things.
Developing the Bracken family business included such ventures as a MacLeod’s store in Invermere, Smitty’s restaurants in Radium, Osoyoos and Rocky Mountain, AB, and Fairmont Grocery along with his involvement in the Springs Golf Course in Radium. Building his first big project, an A&W in Airdrie, AB, encouraged and excited him to go on and build his final business, the Super 8/Humpty’s in Invermere. Reaping the benefits of all his hard work, Bryan retired in 2006 to travel and enjoy life with his only love, Phyllis. While Bryan enjoyed great success in all aspects of his life, he never forgot his roots and maintained a spirit of humility, kindness and integrity that endeared him to everyone who had the privilege of knowing him.
Bryan will be sadly missed by the many people whose lives he touched, impacted and inspired throughout his life as a friend, mentor, business associate and community leader.
A dedicated husband, father and Poppa, family was the essence of Bryan’s life. He was very proud and honoured to be the patriarch, mentor, Dad and Poppa, being a major presence in the lives of his children and grandchildren. He will be forever missed by his soulmate, best friend and loving wife of 54 years, Phyllis. The epitome of a Dad to Kelly (Valerie) and Kim; proud Poppa to his “Sweetheart” Kirstyn and “His Boys” Colby, Trisdan and Jordon. Poppa cherished every moment together, drawing his strength through his family during every step of his courageous battle with cancer.
Bryan is also survived by his sisters, Lorraine, Shaaron (Ron), brother Terry (Charlotte) and sister-in-law Ollie as well as numerous nieces, nephews, special cousins, and countless friends. Bryan was predeceased by his brother Wayne.
As per Bryan’s request, no immediate service will take place. In lieu of flowers, he would like you to donate to the charity of your choice, have a glass of wine, think of him and smile. Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed on Bryan’s obituary at www.McInnisandHolloway.com.
In living memory of Bryan Bracken, a tree will be planted in the Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdire, AB. Telephone: 403-948-1100.
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