Bryan Mehlenbacher




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Mehlenbacher:  Bryan Victor
of Selkirk, Ontario, February 5th, 1940 — March 12th, 2019
 
Bryan Victor Mehlenbacher passed after a short illness on March 12th, 2019, at Juravinski Hospital in Hamilton, Ontario. Bryan was predeceased by his beloved wife and partner of 56 years, Sandra Jean Mehlenbacher, with whom he shared two sons, Brad and Jeff. Bryan was born in Hagersville, Ontario, and graduated from Cayuga High School and Niagara Christian Collegiate, before joining the Canadian Bank of Commerce in 1959 and then Victoria and Grey Trust in 1965. Bryan was the former President and C.E.O. of the Toronto-based National Trust Company, having before then served Victoria and Grey in numerous capacities, including through years of aggressive branch expansion, and as the vice president and general manager of Victoria and Grey and Metropolitan Trust during their 1979 merger. With the merger of Victoria and Grey and National Trust, he became the president in 1985 and the president and C.E.O. in 1987. During Bryan’s career, he lived in many Ontario cities and towns, including Cayuga, Renfrew, Stratford, and Toronto. Bryan was also actively involved in his communities, serving the Renfrew Chamber of Commerce, the Eastern Ontario Liberal Association, Rotary, and even serving as an elected town council member. He was also a minor hockey league president and coach. Enjoying an early retirement at 52, Bryan spent time building a beautiful home in Selkirk, just doors away from his parent’s cottage, and his brother and sister. He also enjoyed managing several other properties, playing many good rounds of golf, and a growing and rich family life, which included helping to raise his granddaughter, Emma. Bryan and his wife Sandra spent many loving years raising a family, dancing, and traveling the world together. They stole away special moments in the sun, with wonderful memories of time in the British Virgin Islands, Antigua, Saint Lucia, and the Dominican Republic, and also enjoyed traveling through Europe and Asia. Bryan and Sandra would winter in their second home in St. Petersburg, Florida. Bryan is survived by his sons Brad Mehlenbacher and his wife Ashley Rose Mehlenbacher of Kitchener, Ontario, and Jeff Mehlenbacher and his wife Barbara Mehlenbacher of Caledon, Ontario; his four grandchildren, Emma Mehlenbacher and her husband Dylan MacKinnon of Toronto, Ontario, Eric Mehlenbacher of Caledon, Ontario, Eleanor Mehlenbacher of Boston, MA, and Frances Mehlenbacher of Asheville, NC. Bryan is also survived by his elder brother Robert Mehlenbacher and his younger sister Ruthanne Mehlenbacher; his sister-in-laws Patricia Gail Reeb and her husband Gregory Reeb of Alberta Beach, Alberta; Maureen Ball and husband Donnie Ball of Arnprior, Ontario; and Gloria DeLottinville and her husband Lloyd DeLottinville of Caledonia, Ontario. Bryan also leaves behind many friends in Ontario and St. Petersburg, Florida, including the always-loving and supportive Kyle MacDonald and John Franklin.   Cremation has taken place. Memorial donations in Bryan’s name should be made to Juravinski Cancer Centre: 699 Concession Street, Hamilton, ON, L8V 5C2.    Arrangements by Hyde & Mott Chapel of R.H.B. Anderson Funeral Homes Ltd.  www.rhbanderson.com

Condolences

Posted by Doug Stark on
Gerrianne& I wish to express our sincere sympathy for the loss of
your father and our friend & relative, we were fortunate to have had a nice
visit with Bryan just last summer.
Posted by Leann Knysh on
A very lovely tribute. He would have been proud that you articulated that very well. Both your mom and dad loved you all very much. They knew how to live life and thank goodness they had many years together in retirement to really enjoy family and life. I have very fond memories of playing in the Stratford house, or get together at Aunt Gloria's house or how proud both your parents were of their Selkirk property. It is sad that both are gone so early but knowing they are together in eternity is comforting. Love and hugs to all.
Posted by Leann Knysh on
A very lovely tribute. He would have been proud that you articulated that very well. Both your mom and dad loved you all very much. They knew how to live life and thank goodness they had many years together in retirement to really enjoy family and life. I have very fond memories of playing in the Stratford house, or get together at Aunt Gloria's house or how proud both your parents were of their Selkirk property. It is sad that both are gone so early but knowing they are together in eternity is comforting. Love and hugs to all.
Posted by Gloria Delottinville on
With sadness in our hearts ,we will miss Bryan and my Sister Sandra ! They went and saw a lot of the places that they loved going to .
Both sons and their family’s should be proud of being there for the both of them when in need !
Bryan and Sandra loved to dance together and I’m sure they are doing exactly that in Heaven !
Posted by Manuela and Carlos Costa on
Dear Brad and Ashley,

We want to express our condolences for the loss of your father.
We hope you can find comfort in our words, even we are far geographicall, you are in our thoughts.

Our deepest sympathy
Love
Manuela and Carlos J. Costa
Posted by Veronica Higgins on
Such a beautiful tribute to your dad. They both created a wonderful life together and I know felt very blessed with their sons, daughter in laws and grandchildren. Your dad worked hard through his career and I'm glad he was able to retire early and enjoy more time with his wife (my Aunt) and the rest of his family. There are many fond memories with the Aunts, Uncles and cousins in Renfrew, Stratford, Toronto and at our house in Springvale growing up. It is never easy losing those you love. But thanks to the life they built together, we can all remember and shares those memories for years to come. Hugs to you all.
Posted by Frank Huntley on
Brad and Jeff, your father was a great influence on you. I offer you my sincerest condolences and I hope that this time of great sadness will soon be replaced by times of great memories. May your memories ease your pain.
Posted by Cathie & Steven Proulx on
We had the very good fortune to meet your parents several years ago through Kyle & John and have spent many lovely times with them. Easter's; Parties both here in St. Pete's and at home in Ontario. Most recently we spent a wonderful BVI vacation with your Mom & Dad and Kyle & John, making many fond memories. Steve will miss his Isla golfing buddy. Many warm thoughts coming your way and our sincere condolences.
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