We sadly announce that Brian Fitzpatrick of Riverview, NB passed away on September 16, 2023 at the Salvation Army Lakeview Manor. Born in Halifax, NS, he was the son of the late Jack and Inez (Dixon) Fitzpatrick.
Brian was a former car salesman and retired from security in 2004. In his early years, Brian’s passion for automobiles extended beyond the car lot. He enjoyed stock car racing, and even raced the "dukes" for fun. He also enjoyed the antique car shows and hunting.
Brian loved doing circle-find puzzles and listening to "good ol’ Country music". He never passed up the opportunity to tell a "dad joke" or torment those he was closest to. Brian owned many dogs over the years, all of which held a special place in his heart.
Brian spent most of his years in Nova Scotia - primarily in the greater Halifax area. He also spent much of his youth in Oxford Junction, NS with his maternal grandparents, whom he shared many fond memories of.
Brian & Ina moved to PEI in 2004 after the passing of his father in order to be close to Inez in her University studies.
In 2012, Brian persuaded Inez to meet the young man that she had been talking to online. When he saw Inez’s face light up when she saw Andrew, he endearingly referred to him as "Prince Andrew". Brian told Andrew how honored he was to have him as a future son-in-law, but also reminded him "she’s yours now. No returns".
Brian & Ina finally settled in Riverview, NB in 2018 following Ina’s retirement in order to be near their first grandson, Brian. It was young Brian’s inability to say "Grampy" that led to Brian’s favorite name, "P".
Brian suffered with many ailments over the years but managed to face each one with such strength and perseverance.
In 2001 on Inez’s 16th birthday, he took such force from a car accident that he advanced 10 years of arthritis in 1 year.
Two days following Andrew & Inez’s wedding, he went septic. A month following that ordeal, he fell off his motorcycle and suffered a brain bleed and multiple rib fractures.
In December 2020, two months after the birth of his youngest grandson, Alex, he developed gangrene in his toes. After several months in the hospital, he lost his mobility and was deemed a two-person lift. Brian had never wanted to reside in a nursing home, but accepted that this was the only option. With much dedication & determination, along with the assistance of the nursing staff, Brian managed to be able to walk with a walker.
Brian was very sociable and made friends easily. He was approachable on all topics and a great conversationalist. He was most proud of his family, and often spoke of how blessed he was. There was no doubt that he had an unwavering faith.
Brian leaves behind to mourn his loving wife of 38 years, his "darling sweetheart and the woman of his dreams" Ina Fitzpatrick, his "favorite daughter" Inez (Andrew) Henry, and his beloved grandsons, Brian and Alex.
Respecting his wishes, cremation has taken place at Cobb’s Funeral Home and Cremation Center, 330 Whitepine Road, Riverview, NB (869-2007). A private family burial will be held at the Pine Grove Cemetery in Oxford, NS, at a later date. Donations made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be appreciated by his family.