- 94 years old
- Date of birth: Nov 28, 1921
- Place of birth:
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
- Date of passing: Jul 11, 2016
- Place of passing:
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Predeceased by wife Althea in 2014, and brothers Don and Dave Manley; Bryan is survived by daughters Alison, Christine and Glorie; sister Mary Nixon of Ottawa and her daughters Nora, Donna, Mary Kay, Olivia and their families; sister-in-law Joanne Manley and her son Robin Manley and his family; Susanne Trerise Adamson and her family; Hal Manley; Irene Manley; Theo Manley and Bryce, Cameron and Shayla Masuk.
Bryan grew up in Kerrisdale, spending summers at the family cottage in Crescent Beach. He left school after grade nine, to help support the family during the Great Depression. At 22 he joined the RCAF, serving in England repairing battle-damaged Lancaster Bombers. Following the War, he graduated from UBC, taught high school industrial arts, and worked in the structural steel industry.
In 1968 Bryan returned to college to become a Chiropractor and practiced for over 20 years in the lower mainland. Always willing to help, Bryan welcomed suffering patients to his home for after hours for chiropractic treatments.
Indelibly congenial, spontaneous and possessing an infectious excitement for adventure, Bryan has touched many lives. He was deeply interested in what others had to say. He loved fast cars, road trips, chocolate ice cream and had a lifelong fascination with cowboy stories and culture.
Forever young, he backpacked in Japan at 72, got his motorcycle license at 76 and drove until 92!
Bryan was always enthusiastic to help others. Hundreds of times, he set about solving a problem for someone through the application of his mechanical mind and considerable, though never obvious intellect. He built the family home, a teak buffet, a barn for the Shetland pony he bought for the girls, a 25-foot sailboat (he even sewed the sails), converted a van into a camper, repaired many cars, made props for school plays, and built toy trucks for neighborhood kids. Many were the benefactors of Bryan's focus and effort over his 94 years.
Bryan will be deeply missed. His zest for life and the gifts from his heart of support, encouragement, wisdom, and experience - will stay forever in the memories of his family and all he knew.
"I am very sad to learn of Bryan's passing. To the Manley family: please accept my condolences.
Bryan had a huge influence in my life and I regret never thanking him for this. During the late 70's I spent a lot of time at the Manley home and was fascinated with Bryan's skills and how he approached his projects with such cool confidence. I was constantly watching him and learning when he was helping me or working on his own projects. Over the years I have taken on many projects and I often think to myself: that's how Bryan would do-it.
I always enjoyed Bryan's enthusiasm for cars. He once told me about a backroad in Delta where he would wind-up the Alfa. Following Bryan's example I too have used that road to wind-up my antique. I'll do it again soon to honour Bryan...."
"Alison, Christine and Glorie, our hearts are heavy and we are truly saddened by the passing of your father. Uncle Bryan was truly a kind and gentle man who experienced life to the fullest! We pray that you find comfort in your wonderful memories of him. Sending love, hugs and prayers from your California family. (Patti Murphy, Brian and Sylvia Bell, Bruce Bell, Ken Bell)"
"This note is for Glorie: I send my sincere condolences at the loss of your father, (I saw the notice in the Sun.) and I trust that you will be comforted by many happy memories. We shared a special friendship at Princess Margaret during 61/62 until I moved to Edmonton, for which I was very grateful. Nee Nielsen."
"Uncle Bryan was a huge inspiration to me in many ways! I last saw him when he stayed with our family in Huntington Beach for a short time while taking his National and State Chiropractic Board Licensure Exams, as I recall. His enthusiasm and zest for life and serving others inspired me to pursue my Chiropractic career as well. He would send me encouraging notes and books over the years that I was always so grateful for, but never got the chance to thank him personally. I will always remember the "bigness" of his great smile and warmth that exuded love and kindness to all who were privileged to know him. Rest in peace Uncle Bryan . . . you ran your race with dignity, style, and grace, . . . and finished well in the arms of our Saviour's loving embrace!"
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