July 6, 1951 – April 30, 2020
Brian was born in Westlock, Alberta on July 6, 1951. He was the third of four children born to Peter and Beatrice Braglin. He started school in Westlock and when his family moved to Edmonton, he went to Ross Shepherd High School dropping out in Grade 11. In 1969 Brian went to CFB in Cornwallis, NS for one year before returning to Edmonton to begin the next chapter of his life, joining the work force. He worked at a few jobs including chrome plating and getting his floor laying ticket in 1977. Also, that year he decided truck driving was his true calling and he started driving in the oil patch, mostly in Northern Alberta.
Motor bikes, particularly Harley Davidsons, were a big part of his life. Although he had had a couple of bikes before, in 1981 he bought his dream bike, a brand new 1981 Heritage Harley, Special Edition. Only 1000 bikes were made!
Around 1982 he made another special purchase and bought his own truck, a 1972 Hayes. He hauled a variety of things including gravel and roofing material for the building of the Stettler Hospital.
In 1984, Brian married Karen (Keith) Kopeck and moved to Stettler, she passed away just over a month later. In 1986 Brian met Brenda Milner through a mutual friend, they were married in 1987. Brian sold his Hayes and started driving for local companies, hauling crude oil. Their daughter Sara was born in 1991.
In 1998 Brian took to the open road as a long haul truck driver. First for a local company hauling across Canada. Then in 1999, he started with Tri-Line hauling across Canada and the United States. In 2004 Brian joined Bison Transport and continued to long haul. He hauled everything from loose bird seed, tires, toilet paper and even a couple of bobsleds to the Olympics in Salt Lake City. Many times, Brenda, Sara or both were able to tag along. They were even able to visit Disneyland on one of those trips.
Brian had to stop driving in 2010 due to his health issues. He was hospitalized in December 2019 and passed away in Heritage House April 30, 2020.
Brian was predeceased by his parents Peter and Beatrice Braglin and his first wife Karen (Keith) Kopeck. He leaves to mourn his loving family: wife Brenda; daughter Sara; grandson Gage; parents in law Fred and Evelyn Milner; sisters in law Cindy Milner and her family and Sheila (Larry) Clarke and their family; one brother Peter (Sharon) and two sisters Shirley and Liz (Kent) Skinner; as well as other family and friends.
A private family service was held at Lake View Cemetery and a Celebration of Life will be announced. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.stettlerfuneralhome.com Memorial donations maybe made to Alberta Diabetes Foundation care of Stettler Funeral Home & Crematorium who have been entrusted with the care and funeral arrangements. 403-742-3422Obituary
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