A recommended Globe and Mail read as family, friends and former colleagues prepare to celebrate Brian Vallee's life on Monday is Susan Ferrier MacKay's lengthy analysis of his 70 productive years.
Many words have been written about Brian since his death from cancer on July 22 and many more will be spoken Monday during a 6 p.m. memorial in the Glenn Gould Studio lobby in the CBC building on Front Street West.
In the Globe article, Ron Base, a friend for 42 years, summed up Brian's persona perfectly in saying Brian was a "guy's guy." That he was and so much more.
It still seems surreal to be talking about Brian in the past tense, but as Base says in the Globe:
"As much as it’s possible to do so, I think Brian left a pretty happy, contented person. It doesn’t get much better than that.”