BETTERIDGE, Bryan Anthony age 79, QOR/PPCLI/CAR February 12, 1934 – July 27, 2013
Bryan passed away peacefully due to complications with pneumonia with his family by his side. Bryan was born in North Bay, Ontario and was the second of four children to Horace and Lil Betteridge.
He began his career with the Canadian Armed Forces at the age of 17 in 1951; he enjoyed a 36 year career and many experiences with them. In his years with the Canadian Forces he spent time with the Queen’s Own Rifles, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry and the Canadian Airborne.
Bryan had many fond memories of his times in the forces and was always happy when there was someone to listen to one of his many stories. One of his greatest joys came from his time with the Airborne and the brotherhood that was formed there. Bryan retired from the forces in 1991 as a “Master Warrant Officer” and settled in Didsbury, AB.
Bryan was the father of three children and one of their fondest memories was the countless hours their dad spent at the swimming pool coaching them in competitive swimming, although they did not really appreciate the 5:30 a.m. wake up calls. He spent his retirement caring for his parents and sister while also enjoying his favorite pastime; golf, and traveling with his wife, Shannon. Bryan was predeceased by his daughter Cindy Laing, his father and mother Horace and Lil, his brother Pat, and his first wife and lifelong friend, Donelda Cresswell. Bryan is survived by his wife Shannon, son Bruce (Terri), daughter Kelly (Ralph), sister Karen and brother Art (Bernice). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Michelle (Adam), Blake (Kaylin), Jodi (Jeff), Andrew, Ashleigh (Scott), Jim (Staci), Scott (Lindsay), Cole and his great-grandchildren, Logan, Zachary and Alexis. Bryan is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Memorial Service will be held at The Elks Hall in Didsbury, AB on September 14, 2013 from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Airborne Social Club in Bryan’s name. Airborne Social Club (PO Box 71034, 9308 – 137 Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta T5E 6J8).
To express condolences please visit http://www.mountainviewmemorial.ca Arrangements entrusted to MOUNTAIN VIEW MEMORIAL GARDENS, FUNERAL HOME & CREMATORIUM. Telephone: 403-272-5555.
Published Calgary Herald Aug 2 2013
Many will remember MWO Betteridge from the Edmonton years.
Rest in Peace, Bryan.