Bryan Wylie

Bryan Wayne Wylie

Friday, April 21st, 1989 - Wednesday, February 12th, 2020
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April 21, 1989 – February 12, 2020
It is with incredible grief that we say goodbye to our beloved Bryan. He was born in New Liskeard, Ontario to Sylvie (Racette) and Wayne Wylie. He was raised in Longlac, Ontario until the age of 9 when he moved to Thunder Bay to be with his loving foster parents Nancy and John Linke. Entering adulthood, he met Deborah Leschuk and Peter Muzzin who took him under their wing. Bryan had three families throughout his life who loved him dearly.
Bryan is survived by his mother Sylvie Paquette (nee Racette), siblings Marianne, Danny, James, Curtis, Sarah and Kevin. He is also survived by his Grandmaman Rita Belanger and numerous nieces and nephews. He is predeceased by his stepfather Sylvio Paquette. Bryan is also survived by his foster parents Nancy and John Linke, foster siblings Jamie Grau and family, Justin Linke and family and his nieces. Bryan is survived by his chosen caregiver Deborah Leschuk and his “brother-from-another-mother” Peter Muzzin. He will be remembered by Donna and Frank Grau and Donna and Louie Muzzin and their families, his childhood friend Robert Drainville, his college buddies James Flood and Dan Schoales, his work buddy Nick Rabaa and many other friends and acquaintances. And finally, he will be missed by his furry buddy Luthor.
Bryan attended Port Arthur Collegiate Institute and St. Ignatius High School. After facing many school challenges, it was a proud moment when he graduated from the Police Foundations program at Confederation College in 2010, winning the Most Improved Student Award. Bryan mostly worked in the security industry at various city venues, but had recently begun a job he quite enjoyed at a dental clinic.
Bryan struggled with PTSD and depression, but we are not letting that define the person he was. Our Bryan was stubborn, loving and hard-working. He loved Thai food, anything spicy, Deb’s banana chocolate chip muffins and Skittles. He was good at math and a whiz at Sudoku and jigsaw puzzles. He enjoyed being around people, and could easily engage in conversation with anyone. He had a memory for faces and always seemed to find someone he knew. He was a diehard sports fan, reciting sports statistics and cheering on the Canadiens, Braves, Lakers and Eagles. He was so excited when the Eagles won the Superbowl that you would think he owned the team! He loved all sorts of animals and had many different types of pets (especially cats) during his lifetime. He enjoyed: watching movies, listening to country music, playing Warhammer with friends and any type of outdoors activity like hiking, camping and fishing. This is the Bryan we knew.
We encourage people who are feeling down to call a friend or family member to be with them and to help them through the difficult moments – and always, strongly advocate for those who need help. Bryan struggled with finding peace in this world, but the struggle has now ended. We will miss his infectious laugh, his hugs, his jokes and his smile. While we are sad that he has left our lives, we are grateful that he was part of them, and we will remember him lovingly.
We would like to thank the emergency personnel (especially Constable Steve Browczuk) and Michael Sargent and staff from Sargent & Son Funeral Home for their compassionate professionalism.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 27, 2020 in the chapel of Sargent & Son Funeral Home, 21 N. Court Street. With Rev. Hugh Walker officiating. An interment service will be held in the spring at Sunset Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Canadian Mental Health Association or the Thunder Bay Humane Society.
Please spend quality time with your friends and loved ones. Bryan would have liked that.
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    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Thursday, February 27th, 2020 11:00am
    Sargent & Son Funeral Home & Reception Centre
    21 N. Court Street
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    Pastor Hugh Walker


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Donna and Louie Muzzin

Posted at 10:43am
Dear Deb,
Our family is heartbroken over the sudden and tragic loss of Bryan. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Bryan spoke of you often; the fantastic baseball trip, the never ending help with school work (not an easy task with a teenager) and so much more. Our family got to sample Deb's famous chocolate chip cookies, Bryan would say proudly "The best chocolate chip cookies ever". Deb, you have the loving heart of a mother. Praying for your healing, comfort, strength and peace during this painful time. From Donna and Louie Muzzin

Deborah Leschuk Posted at 03:53pm

Thank you so much Donna. I know your family loved him as well. It was hard not to! Thank you so much with the help you and your family have given me - and Bryan - in dealing with everything during such an emotional time of loss and grief. I know how much he valued time with your family, and how very much he loved Peter. I grieve his loss with you!

Brian & Audrey Sutherland

Posted at 12:12pm
With heartfelt condolences, Bryan was a wonderful friend and will be missed dearly .
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Jocelyne Turcotte

Posted at 11:10am
I was so sorry to hear about Bryan's passing. I had a few conversations with Bryan at Arthur Street Market Place
Where he was a security guard. He was a very friendly person always taking time to talk to me and in our conversations found out we both lived in Longlac. He was a beautiful soul.
Sincere condolences to his loving families.
Jocelyne Turcotte

Deborah Leschuk Posted at 03:19pm

Bryan enjoyed talking to the staff at the various stores where he worked. He was very much a "people person" and yes, a beautiful soul.


Posted at 12:02am

Our heartfelt sympathies,Deb,with dear Bryan passing.You were such a good friend to him with your listening ears and caring ways...a teacher, #1 supporter, a cheerleader in life to finish what he started, and your motherly ways ( homemade dinners, baked goods and giving him such a thrill of a life time to see his beloved Toronto Blue Jays!
Your love for Bryan was what carried him this far in life. Bryan was so very Blessed to have you by his side.
Rest In Peace, Bryan and keep your eyes on the fly balls in the Sky!
Love, Maureen and Family

Deborah Leschuk Posted at 03:23pm

Thanks cherished friend....I knew you would understand. It was the Atlanta Braves, but yes, it was exciting for him.....and fun for us both! And I've no doubt that his energy is zooming around the universe checking everything out, because that curiosity force was strong in him.

With love and hugs, Maureen and Clare &family

Posted at 11:23pm
Deb, Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.
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