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Brian Skitch

Brian Gordon Skitch

Monday, February 19th, 1951 - Sunday, November 1st, 2020
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Obituary

Brian Gordon Skitch
February 19, 1951 – November 1, 2020

On the evening of November 1, 2020, at the age of 69 years, Brian was called home to be with Jesus his Lord and Saviour. His loving wife Paquita passed away in March of this year. He is survived by his brothers: Allan (Deborah), Kenneth (Darlene), Ronald (Leslie), and David; his stepchildren: Chris (Vicky), Sharon (Dave), Lisa (Dale), Craig (Kerry), and Rob (Christie); his granddaughter Jordain, and many relatives and friends. He was predeceased by his father Gordon, his mother Patricia, and his sister-in-law (Shelley).

Even though Brian had many physical challenges throughout his life, he never let that stand in his way. Brian was the oldest of his siblings. Whatever sports or other activities were going on, Brian was right there with them. His unique approach, fearlessness and determination led him to affectionately be known as the “star attraction”. He coached hockey and soccer, winning awards for his good sportsmanship.

Brian was successful in whatever he put his mind to. He started work at an early age, working part time at Polar Beverages with his grandmother, Christine. On graduating from high school, Brian took accounting courses and worked as an accountant at several companies in Calgary. But accounting was not a passion for Brian. He found his niche working for Carlton Cards, eventually leading to ownership of his own card and gift stores. He started in Beddington Mall and then moved his business to Airdrie, where he ran his card, gift and collectibles store (Brians) for over 30 years. Brian became an integral part of the community and he had many loyal customers.

Brian was a dedicated collector. He loved finding that diamond in the rough, the hidden gem that
others may not see. Brian was an avid Elvis Presley fan. He loved his music, his movies and all
other things Elvis. His collection was known to be one of the largest in Canada. Brian formed a
local chapter of the Elvis Presley Fan Club in Calgary. They held many conventions and dances,
where all proceeds were donated to the Children’s Hospital. It was here that Brian met Paquita,
who later became his loving wife. They enjoyed many trips to Memphis to visit Graceland, and
other parts of the United States. Brian was a devoted husband, and committed himself to being
by Paquita’s side through her struggle with dementia.

Brian had an infectious laugh that brought joy to everyone around him. He had a strong faith in
God and demonstrated his strength of spirit throughout his life. He loved discussions of the bible
and his Catholic beliefs.

Brian was a very loving, caring, and generous person. He will be sadly missed and lovingly remembered by all who knew him. Rest in Peace.

A Funeral Mass will be held at Sacred Heart Church in Calgary on Friday, November 13, 2020 at 2:00 pm. Graveside service to follow at Queen’s Park Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Brian's name to the Children’s Hospital. To view and share photos, condolences and stories of Brian, please visit www.choicememorial.com.



Listen easy you can hear

God calling

Walking barefoot by your side

Whispering

Love is life, life is love

Take my hand Precious Lord Jesus

The wonder of you

How Great Thou Art

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Service Details

  • Service

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 | 2:00pm
    When
    Friday, November 13th, 2020 2:00pm
    Location
    Sacred Heart Catholic Church
    Address
    1307-14th Street SW
    Calgary, Alberta T3C 1C6
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  • Interment

    Friday, November 13th, 2020 |
    When
    Friday, November 13th, 2020
    Location
    Queen's Park Cemetery
    Address
    3219-4th Street NW
    Calgary, Alberta T2M 3A6
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Dorothy Ries-Hall

Posted at 08:06am
In 1955 our family moved into our new home on 37th Street SW along with several other families Skitches being one of them. As we were the last street in that district we came to know all the families and were a very tight bunch of friends. I remember Brian as the kid who always wanted to be part of the group even though sometimes I felt it was a great struggle for him. He never gave up he fought all obstacles and challenges in life with great tenacity. This is how he lived his life. He was an inspiration for all who knew him. He will be greatly missed. Condolences to the skitch family on this great loss. Dorothy Ries-Hall
PP

Paul Peters

Posted at 08:45pm
My wife (Deb) and I first met Brian at one of his Elvis Convention's put together through his fan club, held here in Calgary in the early 80's.
(On a side note: Brian became an Elvis fan when he heard of Elvis' passing August 16th 1977)

Brian and I stayed intouch over the years through mail and a little bit of talking on the phone in those years...until we met up again inperson in the late 80s when my wife and I and our family moved to Calgary...over those early years Brian and became very close and best friends till the end, due to our passion for Elvis partly among other things.

We would go out for dinner's in those early year's with Brian & Paquita.....and get involved with some of the Elvis show's that would take place in Calgary.

An of course Brian & Paquita were the first friend's we ended up going to Memphis with in August of 1990 ....and after that we pretty much went almost every year for the next 10 years or so with them...

Brian infact invested in Thrifty Car Rental in Memphis and also ended up buying a home in Memphis in a gated community....which he owned till the end.

That's what Brian was all about....One big thinker and hard worker, he did so many thing's in his life....its totally amazing what he acomplished in his 69 years...for having so many disibilities as he did.....which really caught up to him in these last few years...but man he was a fighter right till the very end....and he loved his wife Paquita right to the end as well....as she sadly ended up with Alzheimers and was in a senior's home for the last 10 years of her life....but he nonetheless visted her twice a day everyday, even tho his own health was taking him down...he was the man !...

An as a friend I appreciated him alot...our ultimate goal was to build Graceland in Calgary which we talked about for years...but time ran out and it was just not meant to be.....

I will miss my friend till the day I pass...

Brian will be back with Paquita....his grandmother who he was very close too and his mother and father...plus I'm sure he's hanging out with Elvis....

Love you my friend tcb



Natalie Flaman

Posted at 02:16pm
Brian was a corner stone in our community! He was always there to support local sports teams and 4H fundraisers. Condolences to his family and friends! You were so blessed to have such an amazing person in your lives!
AB

Aaron Braham

Posted at 07:38am
My deepest condolences to all of the family. Brian was an amazing man who fought every challenge head on. I met Brian approximately 25-30 years ago when his store was first open in Airdrie. I remember him to always be happy and upbeat and always had a positive attitude every time I entered the store. I always had to plan on at least an hour in the store as we always had a really good visit while there. I purchased almost all of the fire department related inventory that he would bring in and he would always say as I walked in the door "oh Aaron come over here I have some new fire stuff for you to see" I truly miss being able to stop by the store and have a visit as he is always entertaining and always had a great story. The closure of the store has left a huge hole in the fabric of Airdrie and the passing of Brian has made this hole even bigger. He is a pillar in the community and will be missed by all who know him . Rest in peace my friend you are in a better place I will miss you and never forget you.
Aaron Braham

Thomas O'Brien

Posted at 11:45pm
I have had only one moment with Brian, and in that one moment he impacted my life in a way I bet he never even knew. He was a great man, and kind soul and he will forever be missed, this earth could use a lot more men like Brian.
When my wife was going through her treatments for AML, there seemed to be nothing but darkness surrounding us. Mid December 2018, my wife was taken to the ICU, the doctors did everything they could but a lot of doubt was placed upon whether she would make it out or not. Despite the odds she did, but she fell apart from her long fight there. Christmas was fast approaching and even knowing she was making a recovery wasn’t enough to cheer her up. She couldn’t see her baby, she couldn’t see her family at the time, we didn’t know how we were going to financially support ourselves even if she did beat her AML as neither of us had a job to go back to now, and a new born child.
On Christmas Eve, we were allowed to go home and try and spend Christmas at home with our family... we had not had time to decorate, no money to buy presents, not much anyway. We spent our last dollars on rent, and a few new clothes for our son. In a last ditch attempt to try and make Christmas shine for her I wanted to get her something special... Christmas was one of her favourite holidays.
Every store I went to didn’t have what I wanted, nothing that really stood out! Then I remembered about a store my wife use to tell me about, one that had items you couldn’t find anywhere else and how she hadn’t been there in ages. Brian’s Cards. I rushed over there, to my surprise the store was open and the shelves were full. I searched the store for a little but in an instance, found what I was looking for. A very pretty, well detailed light up snow globe complete with a spinning wheel to keep the snow flying without the need to shake it... I looked at the price tag, counted the last dollars in my wallet and realized I couldn’t afford the whole price. I told the man at the counter about how special this globe would be, and asked if he had one smaller, one for a slightly smaller price tag too. He told me he didn’t, but instead asked me what I had, once I told him, he rang it up and said Merry Christmas.
The look on my Wife’s face the next morning when she unwrapped this beautiful snow globe, has been permanently stored in my memory. She loved it, loved it so much that when we had to go back to the hospital for the last time... she kept it there and turned it on each night. It stayed on her bed side table until February 6th 2018 when she passed away.
The snow globe now sits on my shelf at home, where my son and I can always look at it. It not only reminds me of my wife, but the amazing person who was Brian Skitch... thank you Brian for making my wife’s last Christmas a magical one. You will forever be missed but never forgotten... not by us.
Rest In Peace.
- Thomas O’Brien
Airdrie Dash Delivery Ltd.
(Director/President)
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