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Brian Chesnut

June 12, 1948 – August 20, 2020


Brian passed away suddenly on August 20 2020., at 72 years of age. Survived by his beloved wife of 46 years Gaylene; sons Michael (Alexandra) and Stephen (LeeAnne); brother Allan, sisters Helen and Susan, and many nieces and nephews, Brian was predeceased by his parents Morris and Agnes, and his brother David.

Brian attended the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba and worked most of his life in the investment industry. He was fascinated by the stock market, the challenges and opportunities it offered, and as a financial analyst focused on steel and industrial analysis for many years, being rated the number one steel analyst in Canada at points in his career. Brian travelled often as a financial analyst, but always put family first and kept his roots in Winnipeg. He retired early at the age of 52 and travelled the world with his wife Gaylene. At age 62, Brian started a new career: teaching at Red River Community College in the Business Administration Department. He loved teaching at Red River, often telling stories based on his experience in business so students could understand the practical side of financial principles and theories. The previous semester he pushed himself to embrace unfamiliar technology, so he could help his students learn as COVID-19 forced his classes online. He loved to see his students succeed in his classes and go out into the business world. Brian often said he felt incredibly privileged to twice have found a profession that brought him such challenge and joy.

Brian loved his boys. He spent many hours playing with them, building snow forts outside and table and chair forts inside as they were growing up. He always made time to discuss current events with his sons and encouraged them to think outside the box. Brian always tried to be upbeat and positive about life. He was deeply curious and passionate about many topics, challenging himself and those people he loved through his curiosity. He loved to research anything he was interested in and question what others thought or said. Brian was very generous to his family (especially Gaylene) and was very proud of his sons and their accomplishments.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no funeral. Briand did not want a funeral, but a celebratory party, which will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s memory to the charity of your choice

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