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Obituary of Brian GOODACRE
Brian Goodacre left us on October 5, 2012. In the midst of our grief, we remember what he meant to his family and friends. Brian was born in Victoria, British Columbia on April 28, 1957, the son of Raymond and Joan Goodacre, and the younger brother of Lynn Goodacre. He lived his early childhood on St. David Street in south Oak Bay, moved briefly with his family to Ottawa towards the end of elementary school, and then returned to Victoria for junior high school, settling in Gordon Head with his family. He was a good student who dedicated himself to his studies, and he tended to be diligent and conscientious in everything he did. He was sociable and had many friends, despite the fact that he was quiet and not extroverted. In 1974, he graduated Mount Douglas High School and entered the University of Victoria to study sciences. He worked his university summers in the Yukon on a geological survey crew, and another in Summerland at the federal agricultural research station. After graduating from UVic and taking some time to work and travel, he studied medicine at the University of British Columbia, eventually taking a specialization in radiology. He eventually married and had children, lived and loved those around him, and then left us too soon. These are some of the basic milestones of Brians life story. But Brian was, of course, much more than this simple synopsis. Brians family and friends remember him as a remarkable human being who possessed generosity of spirit, deep humanity, unfailing humility, and a delightfully wry sense of humour that endured even his extended illness. Apart from being a loving husband and father, he was a skilled and respected radiologist, a talented soccer player, a dedicated youth soccer coach, and a role model and source of inspiration for many. From his first days in residency at Lions Gate Hospital, his friends and colleagues could see that he was not what one expected at first glance. Though he was a quiet and courteous individual, he possessed a sharp intelligence and a quick sense of humour. While being outwardly humble and unassuming, he was frequently the quiet leader of the group. He was relatively small in stature and not especially athletic in appearance, but he could run the legs off most of his teammates on the soccer field. And when setting out into the night with his compatriots, he often belied his choirboy appearance by ensuring he was the last to stagger out of the party. He was emblematic of the phrase, Never judge a book by its cover. During his radiology residency, it became quickly apparent that Brian had the rare combination of knowledge, intuition, and common sense that marks a great clinician. Most important in radiology, he also had the eye. His powers of perception were extraordinary. After many of his fellow residents had tried and failed to see the key findings on a case, he would step up and show them the answer. In doing so, he never made anyone feel badly, and he never crowed about his skill. His approach was to teach and encourage, and to bring out the best in those around him. From his days in residency, Brian made lifelong friendships with a group of medical classmates and colleagues whom he came to call his fishing buddies. Although they seldom if ever fished, they nonetheless came together at least one weekend each year to share their laughter, tell the stories of their lives, and reaffirm their bond, right up to the last year of Brians life. After a successful career in academic radiology that took him to California, Texas and Washington, Brian was eventually enticed by his friends to move back to Victoria. At the Royal Jubilee, Victoria General, Saanich Peninsula Hospitals, CML, and Island Ultrasound, he was a great colleague in every sense. Hard working, diligent, fair minded and fun. He became a trusted and reliable resource for the medical professionals around him, who would often share difficult cases with him and seek his advice. Humour and laughter were an integral part of Brian. He always found a way to use gentle quips and mirthful remarks to get through almost every challenge. Through the ups and downs of medical residency, through the hours spent studying for the specialty exams, on the many road trips with his friends, and through his years as a radiologist in Victoria. No matter how bleak things might appear on occasion, he always had a way of finding humour and lightening the mood. Brian was the kind of friend that that one is truly blessed to find once in a lifetime. He was incredibly smart, wickedly funny, gentle and kind hearted a rare individual whose star burned brightly. He was modest and yet incredibly courageous, and he could make every single person in his life feel special. He would do kind things for others without ever expecting anything in return, and he was quick to assist others when they needed help, because he cared deeply for people. Throughout his battle with cancer, his courage and generosity of spirit never wavered despite the tremendous physical and emotional pain that he endured, especially over the last six months of his life. During this time, he never shut out his family and friends from his life, but rather he continued to expend precious energy in the relationships that mattered to him most right up to his last days. His example will continue to inspire those who loved him to live their own lives with equal courage and vitality. Brian was a loving, sincere, and selfless man. These qualities described him as a husband, as a father, and as a friend. For his wife Cara, he was a quiet romantic who knew her heart and allowed her to know his. For his children Holly and Peter, he was their close companion and friend as much as their paternal authority. For all of his family and friends, he was always the calm voice of reason, wisdom and kindness, providing just the right amount of gentle teasing and joking each day to make life light. Brian likely never knew just how much he touched and inspired all of those around him. Humility was so much in his character that he would not have thought to consider his influence and stature among others. But he was a remarkable father, husband, brother, son, friend, and mentor, and he touched countless numbers of people without ever seeking to do so. For this we will always carry him in our hearts, with love and gratitude for the kindness that he showed us, and for the love that he taught us.
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