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Brian August Abraham

August 3, 1956 - June 27, 2023


It is with shattered hearts that we tell you all that Brian has passed away after a short battle with pancreatic cancer on June 27, 2023 at the age of 66 years.  In true Brian style, he fought hard and fearlessly and kept his wit and sense of humor to the end.

Brian was born on August 3, 1956 to Eric and Louise Abraham in Scarborough, Ontario who predeceased him in 2002 and 2018 respectively.  Brian is survived by his wife Cindy, his son Jeremy (Leah), and son Matthew (Karen).   Most lovingly survived by 5 adored grandchildren Emily, Colby, Casey, Charlotte and Finley.  Also survived by his sister Sandra, brother Mark (Nicole), brother Ron (Delene) as well as nephews David, Austin, Lucas, Cole and niece Arissa.

It may surprise those who knew Brian after he moved to the Okanagan that he loved, and revelled, living in the big city of Toronto/Scarborough with all the amenities available to a young active boy.  Some sanctioned activities included joining the Boys and Girls Club, where they tested new games before they went to market, playing rep hockey for Scarborough and meeting iconic NHL players like Frank and Pete Mahovolich, and spending time at the indoor swimming pools year-round.  Some unsanctioned activities included “visiting” the Double Bubble factory at night and following the milk truck around the neighborhood to help themselves to the rare treat of a bottle of chocolate milk.  

Brian’s early years in the rep hockey program in Toronto gave him a technical perspective of the game that stayed with him his entire life and that he loved to share with his sons and grandsons later in life.  The family’s move to Oliver in 1967 was a huge shock when they found that there wasn’t even an arena to play hockey on – pond hockey only.  Penticton Minor Hockey declined Brian’s application to join their leagues (much to their chagrin later on, I’m sure) but Summerland Minor Hockey was happy to have him join their rep team.  Brian played for Summerland until 1969/70 when Oliver built their indoor rink.  He played a few years of hockey in Oliver but his new friend, and neighbour, Harry Kempf introduced the Abraham brothers to skiing up at Baldy and Brian found a new sport to love.  He eventually bought his first car, a 1958 Chev Biscayne, which gave them the freedom to hit the ski hills whenever they wanted. Brian always regretted selling his Chevy, and even in his final days talked about it being the best car he had ever had.

A close second of the vehicles he loved was his Lund fishing boat that he bought in 2017.  She was immediately named “The Mistress” and that she was!  Brian spent many happy hours trolling Skaha and Okanagan lakes and even rigged her up to tow the grandkids on tubes.  This was so much fun for all of us!

As much as he loved his Chev and his Lund, his real, and true love, was his family – there was no doubt that we always came first in his heart and his life. Brian spent most of his adult life in Kaleden where he and Cindy raised their sons Jeremy and Matt.  Brian was a minor hockey coach for both boys and he was a member of the Kaleden Volunteer Fire Department for 25 years.  Brian was a truck driver for Canwood Furniture in Penticton and later, Unit Electrical Engineering in Okanagan Falls, until his retirement in 2021.

If so desired, donations can be made to Andy Moog Hospice House.  The staff treated Brian with the utmost compassion and dignity in his final days.  A Celebration of Life for Brian’s friends and family will be held on August 3, 2023 at Linden Gardens, 351 Linden Avenue, Kaleden, BC from 1 pm – 3:30 pm, with light refreshments served.  Please bring stories to share if you wish. This will be an informal event, as Brian would have wished.  It would be helpful to have an approximate headcount by RSVP to for light refreshments.


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From: Kettle Valley Memorial Services

The Kettle Valley Memorial staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ingrid Braun
Relation: Brian and I were co-workers at two different work places for over 30 yrs.

You will be in my thoughts forever and a day Brian. I reflect on the many hours we worked together and talked about life’s mysteries. You were so proud of your family and grandchildren and looked forward to weekends to be on the water doing what you loved best, fishing. You will be missed, you were a kind, gentle person.

From: Milton Guignion
Relation: Friend and neighbor.

We are so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. He was a great friend and work buddy. He will be missed.

From: Gwen and Tom Zeeman
Relation: Friend

Cindy I am so very sorry for the loss of Brian and what you yourself are going through. I hope you will find solace in the wonderful memories of all the things you did together and with your family. Brian was a terrific guy and we always enjoyed talking with him when we met up. His sense of humour was infectious and his smile lit up his face.

From: Stephanie Salsnek
Relation: Cindy and Brian were friends, collectors and kind hearts to me and to my late husband, John Salsnek.

My heart goes out to Cindy and family. I believe that each tear represents a smile that’s been saved in our hearts for just these times. With love and hugs, Stephanie Salsnek

From: Chris and Gill Dorey
Relation: Our son in laws Father

We are grateful to have known Brian for some fifteen years, and will miss him terribly. He was a wonderful husband to Cindy and Father to Jeremy and Matthew. He loved his family and the great outdoors especially the Okanagan. Thinking of you ALL at this sad time, and know we are here if you need anything.

From: Chris & Dan Durnford
Relation: Our best Friend and adventure seeker!!

Cindy we send all our love your way and are so sorry we have to send this note at all.

Having you and Brian in our lives over the years has been wonderful. We have all shared so much together and had lots of fun doing so.
We will not forget Brian for one minute of our time spent with him and of course you!

You two made a great couple. Brian always showed nothing but respect and kindness to all of us and especially to you!!
Meeting you and Brian after we moved to Penticton was the best thing that happened to us for sure.
We share lots of memories and adventures together that we will not forget.

All our love
Chris & Dan your Biggest fans 💕💕💕

Service Schedule

  Funeral Service

Date & Time:
August 3, 2023
Beginning at 1:00pm

Linden Gardens
351 Linden Avenue
Kaleden, BC Canada

351 Linden Avenue
Kaleden, BC Canada

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