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  • 61 years old
  • Born on May 25, 1957 in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada.
  • Passed away on April 15, 2019 in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada.

A Celebration of Life is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on April 25 at the Coast High Country Inn Ballroom. 

 In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brent’s name to the Yukon Humane Society via

Posted by Heather MacDonald on May 25, 2019
Thinking of Megan and Conal and Kieran today, and you, Brent, up in Heaven with all the other great guys. You're missed! But we are getting together in your honour tonight, and we'll be remembering all the good times we had with you.
Posted by Timothy Boden on May 10, 2019
I was so very sorry to learn of Brent's passing. He was a tremendous person and a great friend who will be missed by so many people.
I first met Brent almost 40 years ago at Queen's where we had both started MA courses. We bonded over our common interests of rock music (where we had very similar tastes), history and travel. He was from western Canada, I was from the UK and we explored Ontario and Quebec together during that year. Among other things he introduced me to the Canadian national passion of ice hockey. I was also made very welcome by Brent's family at their home in Medicine Hat during the Christmas/New Year of 1979/1980. When I look back on that year Brent looms very large.
I then returned to the UK and - although distance meant that we did not see each other very often - we did manage to keep in touch by letters every now and then and afterwards more regularly by email, exchanging news of friends, families, music and politics (most recently I was updating him on Brexit developments). It was great to welcome him and his family a couple of times to Belgium where I now live and where he particularly showed his appreciation for Belgian beer. We also met in Paris and London and in 2001 I enjoyed the great hospitality of the Slobodin family in Whitehorse. I had been looking forward to catching up more often in the future after retirement.
Although our face to face meetings were not so regular, I regarded Brent as a great friend and kindred spirit who had a deep interest in the world around him and an infectious enthusiasm for life. His love of his family and pride in his sons and their achievements also shone through.
Brent - thanks for all the great memories and your friendship. You will be deeply missed.
Posted by Stu Cook on May 7, 2019
Deepest condolences.
Posted by Ned Garrett on May 7, 2019
I didn't really know Brent, except through email discussions on the CCR email group where I first encountered him. I met Brent just once at a CCRv concert in the Bay Area with Kevin Mulvey from Australia and Philip Brady from Ireland. It was simply a great evening starting with beers and dinner in Berkeley (my home town) and continuing on to the show. I remember Brent as great fun with a clearly giant brain and a wit to match. It was great being able to put a face to that personality I'd encountered online. I remember later reflecting back on that night and what a unique and rare moment it was, and Brent was a huge part of that. I'm very grateful for that, and I wish peace to his family and friends.
Posted by Kevin Mulvey on May 6, 2019
Like many I was shocked and saddened to hear of Brent's sudden and untimely passing on 15 April. My family and I had not seen Brent or Megan for a few years, but had the great pleasure of staying with them in Whitehorse in the late 90's. We went there because Brent had said to me, in Karratha, Australia, desert by the sea 20deg south of the equator, "oh, you must come up to the Yukon, I will look after you and you will love it here!" So we did, 3 chillums in tow, and he did look after us and we did love it... Brent and Megan were so hospitable to us and arranged so many adventures, meals and just wonderful times in the great Yukon and Skagway, never having met us before. We loved them and got on so well with them and the boys, and later had them visiting us in Eugene, OR mid 2000's.
Brent and I also had a couple of visits to the San Francisco Bay area for CCRv gigs with friends from around there and the world including Philip Brady from Ireland, and Ned Garrett from UC Berkeley. A later trip also involved getting absolutely wonderful tickets on the 50 yard line at Jeff Garcia's first game for the San Francisco 49'ers... Brent made sure everybody around us in the crowd knew that Jeff Garcia learned all he knew about football from playing in the Calgary Stampeders in the Canadian Football League....... The locals at the game were all humored greatly by this and began acquiescing to his undoubted wisdom on all things football.
(we had winged such good seats by pretending to all be visiting Australians, who had never seen an NFL game. I did the talking "mate", to get us in, but Brent, wisely to be sure, did the talking during the game, LOL!)
They put us in with the wives and girlfriends of the team, who were all enamored with Brent's incisive perspectives. Which only expanded as the game marched on, brews were downed and new boy "Canadian adoptee" Garcia threw a few good passes.
Well, I for one learned a lot that day, mostly about the CFL, and Brent continued his fun stories into the night as we were walking along a road and heard a very good guitarist/singer playing in small bar. In we went, like we must have needed another pint or something, and Brent went up to the musician, in his inimitable way, and said, "your'e good, but can you play any Gordon Lightfoot?" Which the musician did in a heartbeat with 'Sundown" and Brent dropped him a $10er in the tip bucket, for being so up for it.....
That was Brent to a tee. He could hold court in a disarming, charming way with verve, everyone listening in attentively; be proudly, heart on sleeve Canadian, with class and humour. And generous to those around him, because he saw the good side in everyone. There is much more to Brent that this reminiscence but as many have said, he was generous, intelligent, loving of his family, appropriately patriotic in the best way of his Canadian heritage and country, and had a wonderfully sharp and naturally endearing sense of humour. The days with him and his family, will be days we will always cherish. And miss dearly
All our love to Megan, Conal and Kieran
Keep on Chooglin Brent!
Kevin Mulvey and family,
Perth, Australia
Posted by Heather MacDonald on May 5, 2019
Brent was such a lovely person. He was good-natured and fun-loving, and he cared passionately about others. He had integrity and a genuine belief that each of us can make a difference in the world. I feel lucky to have counted Brent among my friends, richer for having known him, and I'll miss seeing him. But I know he is still with us. His spirit lives on in all those he touched, and especially through his sons, Conal and Kieran, and his little granddaughter, Freya. They're so lucky to have had such a great guy to lay the foundation of their lives, and they'll forever be stronger, happier, and more resilient because of it. You really can rest in peace, Brent. You did a great job!
Posted by Debra Wickham on May 1, 2019
It's been a couple of weeks now, and I still can't believe you are gone. My days have been full since leaving the Yukon, which is good in some ways but then I remember and I keep mourning. Thank God I have a great family and friends to help me through this. I think the tears will be here for a long time. I can't find any meaning in losing you so fast and unexpected, but I think there has to be a lesson in living your life to the best of your ability. I believe you did that, and it helps. I miss you Big Brother...
Posted by Anne Leckie on April 29, 2019
So sorry for this loss to the family of Brent, to the Heritage Community of Yukon and to others who knew him. Brent was always enthusiastic, inclusive and cheerful. It was a pleasure to know him and to have shared time with him on the YHMA Board for a number of years. It was a beautiful tribute to him last week and it was a privilege to attend his celebration.

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