Please remember Brian Inglis born Thursday, September 2nd 1948 and died Friday, May 10th 2019.
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Brian was born in Wingham, Ontario and moved throughout many small southern Ontario communities growing up. He attended elementary school in Warwick Village and Watford and, for a short time, Watford District High School.
As a teenager, he worked for the Basket Factory in Forest and the Holmes Foundry in Sarnia but was keen to follow in his fathers footsteps, creating prosperous land by putting in tile drainage systems.
He moved north and built a life for his family out of hard work, dedication and careful planning. Brian, along with his brother Doug adopted their fathers tile drainage business in 1970. Together, they operated the family business, along with Brian’s youngest son Mike, and have drained over 120,000 acres in the Temiskaming District. In the off-season, starting in 1972, Brian traded in his rubber boots for a lined pair as he worked many pipeline jobs in the winter months as a ditching machine operator in Western Canada and into the United States. There, he made many lifelong friendships.
Brian enjoyed nature, a crackling campfire, the sounds of a gas engine firing, historical research, antique collectables, sitting in his shop listening to Willies Roadhouse and of course, Bird.
He was known for his sharp one liners, sarcasm, stubbornness, strong leadership, unprecedented work ethic, his participation in the Rod Inglis Memorial Steam Show and big heart. A gentler more loyal soul would be hard to find.
Brian was the devoted husband of Karen for just shy of 52 years. He was a loving father to Teresea (George), John (Nikki), Kevin (Tanya) and Mike (Maija).
He took extreme pride in his grandchildren; Jesse, Chloe, Josh, Hunter, Brady, Benjamin, Brealey and Nora.
Also left to mourn are his siblings Doug (Pat), Heather (Stuart), Laurie (Maurice), Chrissy (Wayne) and sisters-in-law Marilyn, Shirley and Bonnie and brother-in-law, Ron. He will be missed by many nieces, nephews, friends, employees, neighbours, and the farming and pipeline communities.
He will be fondly remembered by his longtime friend, Leo Denomme.
Gone before him was his treasured son Jamie, his father Rod, mother Lillian, sister Lisa, brother Eric, parents-in-law John and Ruby, sister-in-law Phyllis and brother-in-law Keith.
The family will receive friends at the McDonald Funeral Home in Englehart on Friday, May 17th, from 2:00pm-4:00pm and 7:00pm-9:00pm.
Brian’s life will be celebrated at the Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Englehart on Saturday, May 18th at 11:00am.
We wish to thank his caregivers throughout his battle against cancer, and a special thanks to his daughter and personal nurse, Teresea.
In lieu of flowers, a donation to the Temiskaming Hospital Foundation Care Close to Home would be gratefully acknowledged. Condolences, contributions and memorial candles may be left at www.mcdonaldfuneralhome.ca.