After a courageous battle with cancer, Brian peacefully departed this world at Hospice Simcoe on August 31st, surrounded by his family.  He will forever be remembered as a loving father and grandfather who brightened the lives of those around him with his infectious laughter and an endless supply of "Dad Jokes".  His warm and welcoming nature made him a friend to everyone he met.  One of Brian's greatest joys in life was spending time at the hockey arenas, where he eagerly cheered on his grandchildren and favourite teams.  Outside of the arenas, Brian found happiness in the simple pleasures of life.  He loved to keep busy, whether it was tinkering around his yard or garage, where he could often be found working on projects or lending a hand to neighbours.  He cherished his time meeting friends for coffee at Tim Hortons, where his warm smile and friendly conversation created lasting memories.

Brian McLelland is predeceased by his beloved wife Barbara McLelland (nee Mackenzie).  He was an adored father to Laurel (Glenn) Fuller, and Robert (Anne Paquette) McLelland.  He was a cherished Poppa to Sydney (Derek) D’Agostino, Matt (Sara) Fuller, Parker McLelland, and Grace McLelland, and a proud great grandfather to Ryker Fuller.

Brian McLelland's passing leaves a void that can never be filled, but his memory will live on in the hearts of all who had the privilege of knowing him.  He leaves behind a legacy of love and laughter.

In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests donations be made in Brian's honor to a cancer research foundation of your choice.  A Celebration of Brian's life will be held on September 27, 2023 at the Burton Avenue Church in Barrie from 5 pm – 8 pm.  Friends and family are invited to join in remembering and honoring this remarkable man who brought joy to so many.  Online memories and condolences may be shared with the family at

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6 Condolences
  • Joe Gladu
    Posted on: Friday, September 1, 2023 Reply

    Rob, Anne, Parker and Grace – I’m very sad to hear of Brian’s passing and want to let you know that we’re thinking about you all.

  • Thomas Dalrymple
    Posted on: Friday, September 1, 2023 Reply

    Laurie, Rob and families, so hard to lose a parent and grandparent, our hearts go out to you. Your parents were such a blessing in our lives. Will miss your dad’s many phone calls, he was so proud of each and everyone of you. A long time cherished friend, never to be forgotten. Hugs, Tom & Muriel 💕

  • Allyson Pearson
    Posted on: Friday, September 1, 2023 Reply

    Anyone who knew Brian knew him to be a family man, always happy and there for those he loved. It was a honour to have known him. Love to you all during this difficult time.

    Love Allyson, Aaron, Elyse and Emma

  • Ruth MacDonald
    Posted on: Saturday, September 2, 2023 Reply

    We wish to express our sympathy in the passing of our first cousin Brian. We have many fond memories of time spent with Brian and his family over the years.
    Ruth (Ken) MacDonald
    Nancy Tout
    Joan (Vernon) Dunlop

  • Beth Teixeira
    Posted on: Thursday, September 14, 2023 Reply

    I will miss your dad. He was a great neighbour that gave freely of his time and advice.
    I will miss all of our long conversations about everything under the sun.
    I will miss having someone that hated winter as much as me.
    Rest peacefully my friend and say Hi to your wonderful wife.
    My deepest condolences to his family.

  • Rosemary DiBrina
    Posted on: Monday, September 25, 2023 Reply

    Laurel and family, I am so sorry about your loss. Losing a father is never easy. It’s so hard to say goodbye to someone so loved but you know you can count on all your friends and family for strength during this difficult time. Your dad is reunited with your mom and I’m sure that is somewhat comforting. May God bless your dad with eternal peace.
    Love, Rosemary and Mike

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