It is with great sadness and a heavy heart that we announce the passing of Brian Regalbuto at the age of 75, our dear husband and father after a very short battle with cancer. He fell into a deep sleep in his favourite chair by the window with a fire in the woodstove. He died hours later in hospital on February 26th surrounded by his loving family. Brian, a kind and fair man, lived life to the fullest and always in his own way. As it turned out that sentiment extended to his whole life. With his cheery and affable disposition, he was always able to make people laugh along with him. We are all proud of Brian and the legacy he leaves behind.
Brian was always working on some project or another with enough on the go to last 2 lifetimes. He was many things in his life: husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, firefighter, house mover, builder, small farmer, horseman and animal lover, hunter, high school basketball star (Shifty), drummer, landlord, truck and tractor mechanic, boater, biker, and a lover of country music.
After 7 years of working towards his dream job, Brian joined the Gloucester Fire Department in 1972. He had a long and distinguished career saving lives and property. As Captain, he was dedicated to the wellbeing of the men in his command, often working right alongside them.
He will be profoundly missed by his wife Elizabeth Hogan (nee Shearing) his companion and best friend of 26 years, his children Tawnya (Jim), Trina (Bob) and Todd, as well as his cherished grandchildren Wyatt, Jaxon, Arya, Danielle and Sophia. He is survived by his brothers Grant and Wayne, and his sisters Faye, Joyce and Brenda, as well as several nieces and nephews. He was the son of Alfred Regalbuto of Ottawa and Fleurette Lévesque of Fort Coulonge, Qc.
A celebration of Brian's life will take place sometime this summer.