Brian Keith Conrod began his transition to the spiritual world surrounded by his family on June 23, 2017 in Sydney.
Born on a windy day in on April 9, 1935 to John William (who taught him the basics of engineering) and his mom, Beryl Dorothy (Langille) (who ensured that education was formal) in the hamlet of Tuft's Cove, Nova Scotia.
Growing up he and his sister, Glenda, Mom and Dad lived in a little two room house overlooking the harbour, where they were poor but incredibly happy; when younger brother, Deryk joined the clan they had a bit more money but had no less fun. Dad spoke of those days with fondness; it was the time when he had freedom to roam, have adventure and cultivate his passion for knowledge.
A hard worker from a young age; he started with a small paper route of 125 papers which kept him in all the pepperoni he could eat. As he got older his jobs got more complex and he successfully blended work with his studies and several athletic pursuits including football, volleyball, baseball, and curling. During this time Dr. Bloom, his math teacher, recognized his innate talent in math and offered him a deal, “I’ll teach you the mathematics, you teach me the English”. Dad took him up on that deal and never lost his passion for math – one rivaled only by the love of his life his wife of almost 60 years, Phyllis Bertha. The adventures continued as they raised their family from coast-to-coast living in Montreal and California (Canadair) where Michelle and Laura joined the family, back to the East Coast (Defense Research) where Cheryl came along and then, finally, to Cape Breton where he spent 27 years teaching Engineering at UCCB and raised Sarah and John. This move was inspired by his dedication to the Baha’i Faith, where Brian and Phyllis pioneered to help establish the Local Assembly of Sydney and spent their lives in dedication to spreading the teachings of Baha’u’llah. He was especially proud of his ties to the Native communities of Cape Breton. Dad was known for many things, his huge smile, his selfless dedication and his love of music and a good story.
Brian is preceded by his parents and sister, Glenda Neiforth (Alvin)
Brian is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Michelle (Troy Sweet), Laura, Cheryl (Scott MacLean), Sarah (Robert Harrison) and John; brother, Deryk (Lorena); grandchildren, Chelsea, Frank, Zachary (Cassandra) and Amy; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Visitation and funeral service to celebrate the life of Brian Keith Conrod will be held in Pier Community Funeral Home, 1092 Victoria Rd. (entrance on Church Street) on Sunday, June 25, 2017.
A gathering of family and friends will take place from 2-3 p.m. with service to follow at 3 p.m. in the All Faith Chapel. Light refreshments will be served in the reception area following the service. Interment will take place in Oakfield Cemetery, Marion Bridge.
Donations in memory of Brian may be made to a charity of one’s choice.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care and direction of Pier Community Funeral Home.
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I was in Moncton attending my granddaughter's graduation when I read of Brian's passing. I had the good fortune of working with Brian at UCCB.What so impressed me about Brian was his dedication to his students. He was genuinely pleased to see them succeed .I believe he played a role in their success because he did care .He especially enjoyed the success of native students and encouraged them.My most fond rememberance of Brian was his loud, from the belly laugh that was so infectious ,it made everyone else smile. Thank you for all you have done to enrich our community, our youth, and your faith.
From: Debbie MacIntosh
Our heart felt thoughts and prayers are with you as you celebrate a life well lived.
From: Lloyd & Bibiane
Jack & I are thinking of all of you at this difficult time…..with love……
From: Jack & Diane Hill
Dear Phyllis and family. A true prince of a man. His friendly smile and manner endeared him to who ever crossed his path. I taught with him at CBU. Very sorry for your loss, but I am sure good memories with family and friends will support you at this time. Sincerely; Gail Muir
From: Shawn Cooper
Farewell, big man, you made a lasting impression.
From: Allan Lake
WE WILL MISS THE WONDERFUL SPIRIT OF BRIAN CONROD AND SEND LOVING WISHES TO HIS DEAR FAMILY IN SYDNEY CB. HE SERVED THE BAHA'I COMMUNITY OF CB SO FAITHFULLY! From: FRAN & DON MACLEAN, RICHMOND, BC
Dear Phyllis & Family; Thinking of you at this difficult time and offering our sincere sympathy.
From: Cousin, Linda and husband, Wilson Richards
Brian acted as the wonderful parent my own could not be. He has always had a very special place in my heart for over 50 years. The great thing is Phyllis will be with him again and I have no doubt they continue to spread great joy throughout the spiritual realm. They will always be loved and always be missed.