Forrest, Brian Henry

BRIAN HENRY FORREST, age 68, of Souris, Manitoba died on Tuesday, Sept 19, 2017 at the Assiniboine Centre in Brandon, Manitoba. He was born in Souris on July 20, 1949 to Henry Woodhull and Agnes Kathleen (nee Sellers) Forrest. Brian was the second of four children and after completing his schooling in Souris attended the University of Manitoba where he obtained   Bachelors of Arts and Law. In 1973 he began his practice of law with his father in Souris and Reston. In 2010 Brian sold the family business Forrest & Forrest ending his 37 years in practice and completing 107 years of legal services begun by his grandfather SH Forrest in 1907.

Brian was predeceased by his parents and is survived by his sisters Helen, Karen (Ken) of Winnipeg and Jean (Stan) of Calgary as well as his nephews Chris, Jim and John and niece Fiona.

Brian enjoyed sports – playing old timers hockey, golf, curling and cross country skiing. He loved the outdoors and took daily long walks. For many years he was an active member of a group which operated the Souris River Barge Tours combining his love of local history and the outdoors. Tree planting in Souris with Bill Tanguay was a favorite activity in more recent years.

In his earlier years Brian took trips to see baseball in New York, Boston and Chicago with Denny Tanguay and later ski trips to Glacier National Park with Bill Tanguay which were the highlight of any year. As his health deteriorated it was the support of his good friends Bill and Denny Tanguay and Bill Sanderson that enabled Brian to remain in his home.

As Brian wished, cremation has taken place and no service will be held. Interment of his ashes will take place at a later date in the family plot at Souris and Glenwood Cemetery. In memory of Brian, donations may be made to the Souris Forestry Program c/o Municipality of Souris-Glenwood Box 518 Souris, Manitoba ROK 2CO or to the Souris & Glenwood Foundation Box 518 Souris, Manitoba ROK 2CO.

21 thoughts on “Forrest, Brian Henry”

  1. Our thoughts are with the Forrest family. Not only will Souris residents think about Brian’s years of devotion to the family law business, but also his love of the river and park. He had a hand in planting many trees in the park. He would not have considered himself eccentric, but he took delight from small town characters and folklore. We will remember his unique sense of humour. We will miss him. He was a treasured friend.

  2. To the Forrest Family,
    So sorry to hear of the passing of Brian. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this sad and difficult time.
    Sincerely,
    Cic Kelesnik
    Dean and Donna Couvier

  3. So sorry to hear of Brian,s passing ,he will be greatly missed by his
    Family and friends.Our sincere sympathy and thinking of you at this
    sad time .
    Barbra and Phil Klein

  4. Sorry to the Forrest Family. One of the best times of my life was when Brian, Don Jackson, Jim Kohut and myself went on a golf holiday trip for a week in San Antonio. He was very interested
    in historical facts and items. We will all miss him. Sincere condolences.
    Betty & Ferg Devins

  5. We are so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. May he rest in peace. Our sincere sympathy to the family

  6. Jean, Helen and Karen

    Very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    Ann Hlynsky

  7. To Brian’s family, our sincere sympathy. Courteous, considerate, soft spoken. Brian will remain in our memories as one of the good guys.
    Verne and Debbie Watt

  8. My condolences to Brians family, you were all so very important to him. Over the years we had many good visits, even though the last few years were certainly harder for him. He will be missed by those of who knew him, and by so many clients that he had helpedthrough the Family Law Practise. He loved to work with friends planting trees in the park and around the town of Souris. He will be missed, he was taken so young, but will be at Peace now.
    Sincerely So Sorry
    Mary Ann (Tanguay) Carlisle

  9. Very sad to hear this news and extend our condolences to you all. We are thinking of you at this time and send our hugs.

  10. So sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Whenever we were in Souris I always looked forward to a chat with Brian. Condolences to his family.

  11. Shocked to learn of Brian’s passing. I always looked forward to catching up with Brian whenever I was visiting Souris. Brian was a great person and a major asset for the community. My thoughts are with his family.

  12. Dear Helen and Forrest Family
    I am very sorry to hear about Brian. He was so good to my parents as he was with all clients. He was respected and a friend to people in Souris and the area. My condolences to the family. He will be missed.

  13. Helen and John,
    We were very sorry to hear about Brian. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Kindest regards,
    Bill and Carol Main and family

  14. Our Thoughts are wish the Forrest family in this difficult time. Brian was a valued colleague. I enjoyed my professional interaction with him. I also learned of his family’s dedication to the law and to Souris and area.

  15. The Forrest Family
    We were so very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. We will always remember the fun times we had
    together, cross country skiing down at Lake Adam. Also the social gatherings at his home on the
    river. It’s always nice to remember the good times & I’m sure these will help you through this
    very sad time. We would like to send our most sincere sympathy to each of you.
    Ken & Eloise Gosnold

  16. Dear Helen,

    I was saddened to learn that your brother Brian has passed away. What a terrible loss. Brian was older than me but I do remember him from our family’s days in Souris. I also remember him being interviewed by CBC television a number of year’s back when the National aired a documentary on Chinese families in rural western communities. He made his point gently, that we all could have been kinder to these families.

    We hope with time your heart will heal and that you will be comforted by happier memories.

    Wanda (Jamieson) and Mike

  17. Please convey our sympathy to Helen, Jean and Karen and their families.
    Sincerely from the Whitfield family, Souris, Manitoba

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