It is with great sadness that the family of Brian Ray VanTassel announces his passing on September 18, 2021, at the Saint John Regional Hospital.
Brian was born in St. Stephen, NB on September 12, 1966. He was the son of Clayton and Geraldine VanTassel.
He will be greatly missed by his wife Andrea, Daughter Jenna (Dallan), son Brandan (Kayla), son Thomas (Delaney), his father Clayton, sister Joyce (John), brother Blair (Kathy), Granddaughter Leah, Grandson Wyatt, and several nieces and nephews. Predeceased by his mother Geraldine, brother Bruce, and sister Carol.
He was also survived by some special family friends JD (Kim) Cote and sons Mathieu & Sam, Jamie (Holly) Ellis, children Cortney and Dylan, Patrick (Andrea) Wilbur, sons Grant and Ross, Duane (Elaine) Lee and Jonelle (Harold) Prescott daughters Mikayla and Patricia, sons Logan and Devan.
Brian was an amazing father and husband. He was an avid fisherman, skier, and loved the outdoors. He spent endless hours on the water and on the ski hills whenever the tides were right, and the trail conditions were good. Brian enjoyed traveling, the Florida Key’s had a special place in his heart. He spent many weeks there with friends and family diving and fishing on the reefs.
Brian was also a successful businessman he started his career as a paramedic and eventually working his way to owner of Maritime Emergency Medical Services by the age of 32. Later in life Brian hung up his stethoscope to pursue other business ventures that led him to great success. Brian worked extremely hard to provide for his family and always ensured that his loved ones around him were taken care of. Brian loved to laugh, and even during his last days his sarcastic personality and quick wit shined through.
Brian was a family man, he loved his wife, his kids, grandkids, parents, and siblings and always made a special effort to visit his father as much as possible whether he felt good or not. Brian also loved his pets, most notably his cat Casper who always made sure to take care of him by laying between his arms and cuddling with him under the blankets, especially after his treatments. Casper always knew Brian was sick, even before his family did.
To all those who sat with Brian in the hospital until the day he passed, we love you, and cannot thank you enough.
Our family would like to express our sincere appreciation to the nursing staff of floor 5A South at the Saint John Regional Hospital. These nurses showed kindness, care, and respect to Brian and provided exemplary care to his needs as well as to the family during his stay.
A graveside service will be held at St. John the Baptist Chapel of Ease Cemetery, 4706 Route 127 Chamcook, NB on Sunday, September 26, 2021 at 3 PM. There will be no visitation held.
For those who wish, remembrances to the Charlotte County Cancer Society would be appreciated by the family. Condolences may be sent to the family online at www.mehanfuneralhome.ca