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Posted 2019-01-29T22:49:50Z

End of Watch: January 28, 2019

As many of you have heard already, Brian died last night around 11pm. He was surrounded by all his closest family, and sent on his way with as much love and longing as anyone could hope for. We are relieved at the end of his tremendous suffering, and devastated by our loss as it arrives in full.

There’s so much to say, and it’s almost all beyond words (even for a preacher). I’ll stick to the details at this point:


Friday, February 1 from 1-8pm at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Ferndale: 540 W. Lewiston Ave; Ferndale, MI. The social hall is west of the church building. Brian wanted a party, so this will be a party.


Saturday, February 2 at 11am at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Plymouth: 574 S. Sheldon Rd; Plymouth, MI. Luncheon to follow at Plymouth Manor: 345 N. Main St; Plymouth, MI.

In lieu of flowers, the family invites donations to the Kidney Cancer Association or the Humane Society.   

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Comments (12)

  • Nancy Zkumin
    Nancy Zkumin

    No words can express the sympathy we feel for all of you at this very difficult time. Brian was fortunate to have your love and dedication, along with his wonderful family. Way too young and way too much suffering but now may he Rest In Peace. Nancy Kumin

    one year ago · Reply
  • Susan A Williams
    Susan A Williams

    I’m so sad with you Clare. God’s Peace is his, may it be in your heart soon. ❤️

    one year ago · Reply
  • Dianne Norrod Miller
    Dianne Norrod Miller

    Wish I could be there for you! Remembering your sweet face, the inner strength and serenity you imparted to us at my mother's funeral 9 years ago. I know your family and friends will do the same for you and that is such a blessing. A lot of love and prayers are welling up out of Buda and filling your days with the Comfort of the Holy Spirit. Love, Dianne and Art

    one year ago · Reply
  • Gurwinder

    It was with great sadness that we learned of Brian’s passing; please accept our heartfelt condolences. You are in our prayers during this difficult time. Stay strong all of you- Clare, Ian, Alex and Samantha!! May God give him eternal rest and the family the strength to bear the great pain. Gurwinder, Suneet and Kiran

    one year ago · Reply
  • Daniel Morse
    Daniel Morse

    Ma'am. Rest now. I am sorry for you and your families loss. Rest and heal ma'am. My best to you and your family on this cold evening in the land we inhabit. Again, my condolences.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Carolynn Johnson
    Carolynn Johnson

    Prayers and hugs for you and the family.

    one year ago · Reply
  • Vicki Hesse
    Vicki Hesse

    Prayers and love. Lighting a candle. Vicki

    one year ago · Reply
  • Cynthia Burton
    Cynthia Burton

    Clare, I am so sorry for your loss. I did not get to know Brian in person, but got to know of his bravery and courage and the love you two shared through your posts and the comments of others. May the memories you made in your short time together fuel you forever and bring peace and joy to you and to Brian's family as you grieve. Cindy B

    one year ago · Reply
  • Elaine Honecker
    Elaine Honecker

    Hugs, tears, love and prayers to you all. Brian’s pain and suffering has finally come to an end and now he is no longer in pain, but has eternal peace and joy. And you who remain here can hopefully find some comfort knowing he was surrounded by so much love, support and tender care as he journeyed from this world to the next.

    one year ago · Reply

    Dearest Clare, I'm as close to you in spirit as is possible from a distance. My deepest sympathies and much love. Carol

    one year ago · Reply
  • Kelly Seelbinder
    Kelly Seelbinder

    Wow! We're at a loss for words but so sorry to hear the news. He will be greatly missed. Our family will continue to pray for you all and may God lift you up at this difficult time. David, Kelly, Harley and Tucker

    one year ago · Reply
  • H Peeters
    H Peeters

    Dear Family Wallman. We really do not know what to say, it happens too quickly and he is too young. He was a very good friend and felt at home with us, we were always happy when he and his family came with us. This morning Harry came down with tears in his eyes. He was in the room of Brian and Clare, and saw Brian's forgotten shoes, waiting for him ......... but it may not be true. Hugs and love Harrie & Gerry

    one year ago · Reply