December 9, 2022
It is with the greatest sorrow that we announce the passing of Brett on December 9, 2022. After seven years of living with brain cancer, Brett told his body to rest and his body listened. He passed at home surrounded by love and gratefulness for his life.
He is deeply mourned by his loving wife Alise; parents Rick and Kelley Nelson; brothers Sean and Paul Nelson; Steve Thate and godson Logan; in-laws Gordon and Janice Johnson; sister-in-law Lauren Wolstencroft (Steve); niece Lucy, along with numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents.
Brett is predeceased by his grandfather John Marsh and grandmother Elaine Holgate.
Brett had a great love for sports which saw him playing for Team Canada in the Babe Ruth League World Series at age 12 and earning recognition as one of the ten best players in the tournament. He also played soccer, was in several leagues, squash, ran, biked and tried his hand at anything athletic at least once.
He graduated from Langley Christian School before continuing to the University of the Fraser Valley and then transferring to UBC where he completed a degree in Forestry, Forest Sciences graduating with Honours.
In 2013, Brett began a career with Canfor in Prince George where he excelled with his love of creating community and passion for the outdoors.
He loved to travel and travelled extensively throughout Europe with Alise. He also enjoyed several trips to Mexico and Central America with his family. In the last few years, Brett embarked on several BC road trips to visit breweries around the province, indulging his other passion: beer. Brett was a great lover of all things craft beer, the hoppier the better.
Brett approached life with a zest for adventure, a quick wit, an easy smile, and a genuine interest in getting to know anyone and everyone who quickly became new friends. He was thoughtful, compassionate, courageous and joy-filled.
His life was beautiful. His loss is immeasurable.
Celebration of Life is to be held in Prince George on March 25th and in Surrey on April 1st. Details to follow.
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