Brian G Briault

June 22, 1960 - May 30, 2023
June 8, 2023 4 Condolences Print Obituary Send Flowers

It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Brian G. Briault on May 30th, 2023 following his courageous battle with cancer.
Brian was born in Wainwright Alberta and remained a proud Albertan residing primarily in Central Alberta.

He was very proud of his family heritage as both his mother’s and father’s families served our Country in the wars. Brian was very specific about sharing his pride by having a flag and plaque for Veterans Voices of Canada on Remembrance day.
Family was Brian’s greatest love. He was blessed with 2 beautiful daughters (Angela, Virginia) from his first marriage. He then met his soulmate Sharlene. In true Brady Bunch fashion they came together; he with 2 girls and she with 2 boys (Dawson, Brandon). They then completed the family with 2 dogs and life began. Brian was pleased to have boys he could pass his male knowledge and skills onto.
They would spend summers at Gull Lake as did his family. This was a special and favourite time for all of the family.

If you knew Brian then you knew he was strong, opinionated, loveable, social and loyal to a fault. He was also a softie in that he loved his animals; mans best friend Mia by his side for comfort. He took great pride in his work as a Jack of all trades. His main job was as a truck driver, which became his second family. He loved the camaraderie. He drove ice roads, logging roads, and of course the oil patch. He hauled N2, Co2, sand, water, salt, you name it! One job Brian was a water hauler who had put in 58 straight hours to please the company and keep the hole going; he got out of the truck and passed out into the mud! He drove long haul across the US. Even during COVID, Brian worked bringing goods to people. He was a very hard working and dedicated man. Brian loved wood working, puttering in the garage and took pride in his yard work; having THE greenest grass on the block. He truly enjoyed watching Barrett Jackson auctions and had a great love for nostalgia. He collected MANY things i.e.) Coca cola, flashlights, pens, pins, boxes, hats, t-shirts….really anything!
One of his favourite sayings he inherited from a brother in law was “take it and go”.

Brian will be survived by his loving wife of 33 years Sharlene; daughter Angela (John) Anderson; son Dawson (Beth) Ritchie; daughter Virginia (Bren) Walker; and son Brandon (Shayla) Briault. He is also survived by his sister Joan McLeod, brothers Larry Briault, Ken (Shirley) Briault; brother in law Lyn Smith; He is also survived by his mother in law Monique Ritchie-McBride, brother in law Andy (Jean) Hutton, Dan (Rose) Ritchie, Darlene (Art) Viglianti, 16 grandchildren and several beloved nieces, nephews and cousins.

A private celebration of life will be held to honour Brian on June 17th.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s name to either Veterans Voices of Canada or Saving Grace Animal Society.

  1. I am a truck driver, and was lucky enough to truck with, and get to know Brian. He was a champion of female truckers, and definitely always a loyal and true friend, having my back always. Brian was always talking about his beautiful wife, and how they conquered life together. He was definitely a family man, and proud to be the patriarch of his. I will miss you my friend! Cheers to you, and hugs to Sharlene and family.

  2. Brian will be remembered for his outgoing personality. He would start a conversation with any stranger regardless where he was. This made travelling with him and Sharlene fun and special….never a dull moment.
    Brian loved and praised Sharlene…especially loved her cooking.
    He often said “Shar makes the best…….”
    Brian, we will miss your humour, love and hugs and I, aunt Diane, will
    miss hearing “ You are my favourite auntie”.
    Thank you for the memories
    Sending hugs and love 💕
    Auntie Di and Uncle Mike

  3. Rest in Peace and “Fly with the Angels” Brian❤

  4. Nearly a year since you have gone. I miss you so much, yet know you are so near. I pray I still make you proud and I miss hearing your voice on the phone. I long for a hug. I wish I knew how to comfort mom. The grandkids put your picture on the fridge often and the big guy sometimes has to move it because he wants to pretend you’re not gone. I love you to the moon and back. I know you are there in the infinity and beyond loving us back. May god continue to let us all heal. Rest in Peace, Dad. See you at the Lake! (wink)
    No longer by my side, But forever in my heart. <3

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