In Memoriam: Brian Fawcett, SFU English alumnus

March 15, 2022

The Department of English sends its condolences to the family and friends of SFU English alumnus Brian Fawcett, who passed away on February 27th, 2022.

Originally from Prince George, Brian left his hometown to attend Simon Fraser University. He completed a Master of Arts in English at SFU and worked as a teaching assistant in the department. He went on to become an award-winning author of more than 20 books of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry. He also worked as a columnist for The Globe and Mail.

Professor Tom Grieve (retired) shares his memories about Brian:

Brian Fawcett was a friend of mine from a long time back: a fellow Prince Georgian, Brian dated my older sister and married Sharon Thesen, my home room best buddy in high school; we were SFU grad students and office mates together, collaborated over a couple of literary journals, "Archai" and "NMFG (No Money from the Government)", played a lot of softball together (The East End Punks) in the Cosmic League, shared a lot of dinners and evenings with mutual friends where we did our best to stumble through out-loud readings of most of Shakespeare, including (Brian's idea),an annual on-the-day performance over many years of A Midsummer's Night Dream (he was a pretty good Bottom). Sadly, we lost touch after Brian moved to Toronto years ago.  He was a passionate intellectual, poet, writer, historian, and activist. His works made a mark and will live on.

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