Brian Richard Zabizewski of Pickering, ON, passed away peacefully at Rouge Valley Centenary Hospital on January 30, 2019.
Brian was born on March 16, 1944, in Cornwall, ON, to parents' Mary Ann (Leaf) and John Paul Zabizewski. He was always active playing a variety of sports, had a lot of hobbies including woodworking, he excelled in mathematics, and enjoyed art. Brian was proud of his career in the banking world, having worked several years for the Bank of Montreal and TD Bank. He married Margot, the love of his life, on August 16, 1969, who survives him. This year marks their golden anniversary. Brian is also survived by daughter Julie and husband Luke, Nathalie and partner Christopher.
Brian was known for his love of tennis. He was a member of Dunmoore Tennis Club and volunteered his time with the club for many years. He enjoyed attending Rogers Cup matches to watch all the top players compete. Brian was also an avid skier, having traveled to several ski destinations. Around town, you would often find Brian and Margot taking long walks throughout the neighborhood, down by the lake, and exploring the Rouge Valley. In retirement, Brian and Margot took an interest in pickleball and enjoyed games with their friends at the Probus Club of Pickering.
Respecting Brian's wishes, cremation has taken place. The family will receive relatives and friends at The Simple Alternative, 1057 Brock Road, Pickering, ON, on Saturday, February 9th, 2019, with a visitation from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, funeral service in the chapel at noon, and a reception to follow. Father Tom Kluger will officiate the ceremony. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Brian's life.
As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to the Canadian Cancer Society.
Brian shared the following advice: "Take every opportunity to succeed." He was successful in countless ways and his memory will live on in the hearts of those who were lucky enough to know him.