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Brian Monks

Brian Monks

Sunday, March 1st, 1942 Thursday, September 12th, 2019

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Obituary

Obituary for Brian Joseph Monks

Dr. Brian Monks was born in Dublin, Ireland. He started playing golf at the age of 9 and he was a keen rugby player in high school and university. He had years of fun and Guinness while playing piano at an Irish pub during his university years.

Following his graduation from medical school in Dublin, he emigrated to Canada in 1968. He spent two years in Toronto where he met his wife Helen, an Australian nurse. They married in 1970 and went to Hope BC where they made special lifelong friends. They then moved to the Coquitlam Burnaby area where they worked and raised their four children.

Brian was an exceptional family physician and was known for his kindness and compassion and the respectful and diligent care he gave to his patients. He worked in his general practice until 2014 and then worked with the elderly at Belvedere Care Home. Immediately following his retirement at the end of February this year he was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour.

He was predeceased by his daughter Ashlyn in 2013, and leaves to mourn his wife Helen, sons James, (Kristin), Conor (Marnie), Michael, (Narayani) son in law Corey (Tiffany), and grandchildren, Brooklyn, Abai, Rylan, Eamon, Lyla and Sunday, and in England by his brothers Raymond, Donal and John and many friends and relatives in Ireland.

Brian was very proud of his children and grandchildren and will be sorely missed by them and his numerous good friends - especially his golf buddies. The family appreciates the many kindnesses and support we received from dear friends and medical professionals. He died peacefully with Helen and his sons at his side. Doctors without Borders (MSF) is his favourite charity

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  • Service

    Friday, September 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
    COQUITLAM, BC
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    Friday, September 20th, 2019
    2:00pm
    Officiant
    Rev. Wendy Yacboski
  • Reception

    Burquitlam Funeral Home
    625 North Road
    COQUITLAM, BC
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |

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Bettina van Wyck

" Goodbyes are only for those who love with their eyes. Because for those who love with heart and soul there's no such thing
As separation." - Rumi.
For Helen and family.
Comment | Posted at 02:34pm via Condolence
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Steve Powell

Brian was a special person. His caring manner and compassion were very evident to anyone who knew him. We were fortunate to benefit from his expertise and insight over the years. I will remember fondly our chats in the office, rounds of golf and Brian playing open requests for us on the piano. He will be missed by us all. Our sincerest condolences.
Steve Powell and everyone at ATF Canada and Oncidium.
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Ted Crozier

Like others we met Brian and Helen Monks through our children and for several years our families enjoyed a close relationship. The Monks parties were wonderful with guests, young and old, spilling out of their home.
Brian had shared his Irish background with us including having played piano in a Dublin pub while attending university. Some years later when our family was touring Wales and Ireland that memory of Brians 'Elton John' days in Dublin resurfaced. So we naturally had to find the Bus Bar in Skerries.
Find it we did and after identifying ourselves as friends of Brian Monks, the propitiator welcomed us like long lost family. He refused to accept payment for our Guinness so we had another while continuing to negotiate the terms of settlement. We eventually agreed to accept his hospitality and he in like fashion a tip. All of which we owe to Brian and the legacy he left in that little Dublin bar.
We are richer for having known him.

Ted & Barbara Crozier
Shannon Crozier, Edmund Wong,
Stephen Crozier, Jennifer Crozier
Comment | Posted at 02:34pm via Condolence
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Shelley Mulligan

My condolences.
I had the privilege of being a patient for over 40 years - following my parents' divorce in my early teens, Dr. Monks became my "other parent." He was such a kind and compassionate man - always providing empathetic direction and advice. He will be long remembered.
Comment | Posted at 02:20pm via Condolence
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Azim Ladhani

Dr Monks was an amazing doctor and person. Everyone admired him and loved working with him. He had a warm gentle bedside manner and cared dearly and wonderfully for all his patients . We will surely miss him. May his soul rest in eternal peace .
Dr Azim Ladhani and the staff at Belvedere care centre
Comment | Posted at 12:12am via Condolence
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