June 2nd 2018: Celebration of Life – Brian Burditt.
The weekend of June 2nd & 3rd began early on the Saturday morning with the celebration of life for Brian Burditt. Heritage Brass formed what must have been a 90+ massed band joining with
- Oshawa Temple Band (the corps and band where Brian soldiered and served)
- The Canadain Staff Band (Brian was an inaugural member when the CSB reformed in 1969. He took leadership of the band in 1985 and served as B/M for 19 years)
- Heritage Brass. In the last 8 yrs of his life Brian was a member of Heritage Brass where on occasion he took up the baton for rehearsal, acting Bandmaster and on special events.
Oshawa Temple was full to overflowing with friends, many of course Salvation Army musicians, traveling from far and wide with memories of making music under Brian’s baton. Howard Evans, a personal friend from the UK began the tributes followed by Brian’s children, Matthew, Andrew & Rebecca bringing their own loving memories. Brian’s brother-in-law Mark Wilson completed the spoken tributes. Jude Gotrich sang the very moving song – “This world is not my home.”
Brian will long be remembered and missed, not only as an outstanding musician but a faithful servant of Jesus Christ who filled his life in serving others, bringing people to a knowledge of Jesus Christ.