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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Victoria Funeral and Memphis Memorial

Nothing finalized by the family yet, but it looks like a Victoria funeral will take place on June 25, and a Memphis send-off on June 18th, but this is not yet finalized.  I'm now in Toronto with my kids.  Al's sister and parents are heading to Memphis likely Thursday.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Saddest News

Alan Bryant passed away, very suddenly, at Methodist University Hospital, Memphis, Tennessee, on June 14, 2011.  On June 9th, 2011, Alan was struck with a rare congenital heart condition, aortic dissection.  After a four-day battle to recover from perilous open-heart surgery, cardiac arrests, and major organ failure, Alan looked very peaceful as he passed away.

Alan, age 39, was a fiercely loyal (and hilarious) Senior Manager for the Grizzlies NBA team, which he served since 1998, first in Vancouver, then Memphis.  His office was always the central hub for team employees.  During Memphis Grizzlies’ games, Alan ran all the music and sound effects at FedExForum.  Living in Memphis for the past decade, Alan also owned property in his hometown of Victoria, and in Qualicum Beach.  

Wherever he went, Alan made people smile and laugh.  His legendary generosity inspired countless acts of kindness, during his final days, from friends around the world.  And will ever do so, in his memory.

Loving and devoted son of Margaret and Ray, brother to Janine and Michael, and favourite uncle to Matthew, Hayley, Sadie and Louie.  Truly beloved by his legions of friends from BC and Memphis.  Donations may be sent to MS Society of Canada, in tribute to his mom, an heroic MS survivor, or to Methodist University Hospital in Memphis.  Funeral arrangements in Victoria, and a memorial in Memphis, will be announced shortly.