Brian David Gladdish, of Hanna, Alta. passed away at the Hanna Health Centre on Jan. 17, 2021 at the age of 79 years.
Brian was born on Feb. 27, 1941 in Dauphin, Man. to Marjorie and Jack Gladdish. He moved to Fruitvale, B.C. in 1947 with his parents and five siblings.
In 1957 he moved to Biggar, Sask. to work for his grandfather on the farm. In the fall of 1959, he began his career with Prairie Farm Rehabilitation Administration (PFRA) which would take him to the Hanna PFRA office in 1963 until his retirement in 1995.
Brian married Marlys McKinley in January 1960 and raised their family of eight children on the farm in Hanna.
Their passion for animals and agriculture showed in the life they lived.
Raising all kinds of animals and growing many plants which included a greenhouse operation and a market garden to serve the community.
After Brian’s retirement from PFRA in 1995, he continued his love of farming, growing crops, raising cattle, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, beekeeping, and he always had a greenhouse and garden.
Brian was a very self-sufficient hardworking man, who left a good example for his family to follow.
Brian will be dearly missed by his large family and his friends.
Brian is survived by his beloved wife of 60 years, Marlys; children – Sharlene (Chuck) Stern of Hanna, Craig (Loanne) Gladdish of Hanna, Kent (Tricia) of Hanna, Kari (Paul) Prodahl of Saskatoon, Trent Gladdish of Hanna, Wendy (Brian) Sam of Calgary, and Sheila (Dale) Delowski of Hardisty. He also leaves 22 grandchildren, and eight great-grandchildren. He is also survived by two sisters, Marlene Cheng of Vancouver, B.C., and Eleanor Neil of Fruitvale, B.C., and brother Morgan (Joyce) Gladdish of Nelson, B.C., and sister-in-law Ellen Gladdish of Trail, B.C.
He was predeceased by his son Kevin Gladdish in 1990; brother Wilbert Gladdish, sister Jean Moisson, and brothers-in-law; Rick Cheng, Al Moisson and Ralph Neil.
A private family graveside service was held at the Hanna Cemetery on Jan. 23, 2021 with Pastor Colin Millang officiating.
If desired, donations in memory of Brian can be made directly to STARS Air Ambulance, 1441 Aviation Park NE, Calgary, AB, T2E 8M7. Hanna Funeral Services Ltd., entrusted with the care and arrangements, 403-854-5956, www. hannafuneral.ca.