September 25, 2020
Brenda Briden passed away on September 25th in Nanaimo B.C. after a brief illness. She was 81 years old.
Brenda will be so dearly missed by her husband Len, her children Cheryl and David, her sister Ann and her nephew Ian and his family. She will also be missed by Len’s children Dale, Patti and Len Jr, as well as Len’s sister Sari and her husband Larry.
She will be remembered as a cherished grandmother by Sydney, Mitchell, Anna, Grace, David, Daniel, Robert, Margaret, Marion, Elizabeth, Grace, Samuel, Kalli and Sarima.
Born to parents Harold and Miriam McKinney, Brenda spent her childhood in Port Credit, Ontario. After graduating from Ryerson in 1960, Brenda married Norm Ferguson and they settled in Oakville to raise their family.
Over a span of 25 years, Brenda was proudly part of the daily lives of thousands of families in Oakville, having served long stints as a secretary at Brantwood and Abbey Lane public schools. She was beloved by her principals, teachers and students.
Brenda became an avid sailor and was a founding member of the Lakeshore Yacht Club in Etobicoke, along with second husband Len Briden. After falling under the spell of Vancouver Island as a retirement paradise, Brenda and Len left Ontario in 2003 to enjoy the blissful Island life in Ladysmith.
Becoming friends with Brenda always meant you were a friend for life. She worked hard to keep friendships alive that started in grade school, college, and the early years of marriage and motherhood.
She recently hosted a 60th Reunion over Zoom of friends from the 1960 Graduating Class of Secretarial Science from Ryerson. And moving to BC meant the start of even more wonderful friendships – particularly with the Fagan family and Win and Ce Hopkins.
We will be having an online Celebration of Life for Brenda on Sunday, October 18th at 1 pm PST using Zoom, to give friends and family an opportunity to say a few words, share stories and see photos of Brenda over the years. Please visit www.evergreencremationcentre.com for more details.
Brenda was a breast cancer survivor. In Brenda’s honour we encourage you to make a donation to the cancer charity of your choice.
Evergreen Cremation Centre
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