Tribute By Dad, Mom and Nick, as read by Al McCambridge
Brigitte, Nicholas and Tom have asked me to say a few words on their behalf. They first want to thank you for coming today and showing your love for them and Brandon. They would especially like to acknowledge those that have travelled from outside of Ottawa.
Brandon passed away December 23,2017. He was having nachos with some of his best friends in the market when he felt ill and went outside to get some fresh air. He collapsed and people passing by found him and tried CPR until paramedics arrived but unfortunately he passed. The cause of his death is still not known but hopefully those answers will come later.
They wanted to share a just a few memories of Brandon with you;
On a not so cold day (-4 records show) in Yellowknife on November 4th 1994 Brandon was born at around 1030 AM. He really wanted to get out into the world cause only after being at the hospital an hour and half, he was born. Being far away from family no one other than Brigitte’s mom was there to see the birth and help out those first few weeks. Tom’s family did not see him until about when he was 3 months old. He was the first grandchild.
Brandon was proud that he was born in the NWT and images of the NWT appeared on his earlier goalie masks and he also had a tattoo on his shoulder of a wolf with Northern lights. When he was about 4 months old he took his second airplane ride flying by twin otter. Brigitte was in the back with Brandon and Sammy their golden retriever amongst boxes of their household affects and groceries for a year and a half as Tom was up in the co-pilot seat because the plane was full of boxes. They lived in Baker Lake for almost a year and a half and Brigitte had an amonte made and would walk around with him on her back like the Inuit woman. He was a bit of a novelty in town as all the kids and moms wanted to hold him because he had really bleached blond curly hair. Their golden retriever was also the talk of the town too because Brigitte would put shoes on him to protect his feet and that made the rounds of the community with Brandon on her back. The first time they left Baker Lake Brandon was about 9 months old. Having lived on the tundra there was not much grass and the first time he was put on a blanket on the grass he would crawl to the edge but scared to go off the blanket cause of the feeling of the grass on his hands.
Brandon had a love for playing hockey. He first showed an interest when one day in a Canadian Tire Store in Regina putting on a pair of skates way too big for him just before his 3rd birthday. Brigitte found a pair small enough for him
and put them on him. He stood up and started walking around like he was still wearing his boots. He then took a step
up onto a platform which had a display of golf clubs and pulled out a club and using the golf club tried to putt the golf ball into the hole on the display, all while wearing skates. On another occasion he was at home in front of the TV
and saw a hockey advertisement and yelled “mom, mom hockey, swish swish” with his little shoulder moving like he was holding a hockey stick! He started playing on a team when he was 4 years 2 months old. They had just moved back to Yellowknife after spending two ½ years in Regina. After two years in YK we met a great hockey guy – Dan Schofield – and Brandon decided to play goal at a very young age. Dan is also why Brandon was a Habs fan – the Habs were Dan’s team. He played for Dan for three years. We formed an association and did car washes, bingos etc. to go on a trip to Europe in spring break 2004. But because Tom was transferred to Quebec in 2003 they missed the spring break trip in 2004 but were able to go on a summer trip in 2006 through five European countries and play
14 hockey games. He called his mom from Prague so excited that he had just played against the Russians. He continued to play hockey and finished minor hockey and felt he was not strong enough yet for juniors. But again another important person came into his life at just the right time and he met Stefan Nichols who gave Brandon the confidence to try out for Winchester Junior Bs and he was selected and actually played for them for 3 years. Playing goal on a team was something special for him and loved it. Brandon was a very humble boy and did not like getting the attention from when he played stellar games. He would walk quickly from the dressing room, head down to the car as the mom and dads congradulated him and cheered him.
Brandon was a kind boy and was not one to cause his parents problems beyond the usual stuff. Brandon was looking forward to the next chapter in his life. Graduating university, travelling and joining the RCMP. He was taken far too young and robbed of a long and fruitful life. Brigitte, Tom and Nicholas are totally devastated to have lost Brandon. In the early hours of December 23, 2017 their lives were changed forever. To loose a child is the worst thing that a parent can go through.
Tom, Brigitte and Nicholas would like to thank their friends and neighbours for the love and support they have shown them from phone calls, to meals, food, flowers and just your thoughts and prayers. Brandon, your parents and brother want you to know that:
No one knows how much they miss you,
No one knows the bitter pain and grief they are suffering,
They are having a difficult time understanding why you were taken from them so early At
a time when you were ending one phase of your life and looking forward to the
They were robbed of a wonderful son and brother
There is an unimaginable size hole in their hearts and soles that will never heal
They will carry this pain until they pass from this world and see you again
Not an hour, not a day will go by that they will not think of you, love you and wish you were still here
Love Mom, Dad and Nick
LOWRY, BRANDON THOMAS
Passed away suddenly and much too soon, at the age of 23 in Ottawa on December 23, 2017. Dearly loved son of Brigitte Dionne and Tom Lowry. Caring brother of Nicholas. Beloved nephew of Theresa Dhillon (Mark) and Julie Dionne (Martin Poirier). Cherished cousin of Jenna Dhillon, and Thierry and Nathan Poirier. Brandon was predeceased by his grandparents, William and Patricia Lowry and Roland and Marie-Jeanne Dionne (nee Pelletier).
He will be remembered for his good natured personality and his love of hockey. For those who wish, contributions in his memory may be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.