Brian MacLane

Brian MacLane

1960 - 2024

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Obituary of Brian MacLane


Brian MacLane, 63, MacLellan’s Brook, passed away Friday, June 14, 2024.  


Born on December 7, 1960, in New Glasgow to Doreen and Robert “Bobby”.  He was the third oldest of seven siblings. In his younger years he was known as one of the handsome “MacLane boys”.


Brian grew up on a small farm in MacLellans Brook. Brian's journey was marked by a blend of hard work, humor, and an entrepreneurial streak.  When he was a young “whipper snipper” he learned to work hard in the woods cutting pulp wood to support the family but would often get his weekend spending money by setting up arm wrestling competitions at school for his older brother, David, or some other hustle. He loved operating equipment and often drove the dump truck to school. Well before he dreamt of a license, Brian spent many winters pushing snow in an open cab 4x4 tractor, it wasn’t long before he had his own customer list.      


Brian had a natural gift at operating heavy equipment at a young age. He became quite a skilled backhoe operator.  He bought his own green GMC dump truck and started operating his trucking company, a backhoe was soon to follow. Brian often talked about his days trucking to the salt mine in Pugwash, hauling to Newfoundland, or trucking around home. It was a proud day when he brought “olde yeller” home, his yellow backhoe.  He often spoke of the $2500 wash job “olde yeller” received when it went for a swim in the pond.  He successfully operated his business for over 40 years. 


Brian enjoyed the last 27 years with his friend and partner Freda. Who caught his eye in school and rekindled 20 some years later.


Brian lived to enjoy life. He loved to entertain, whether it was at the camp or in the garage. Brian's booming voice and knack for storytelling ensured no listener drifted away without a hearty chuckle or nugget of wisdom that began with "Can I tell ya something?" If you did start to drift away you would get a “I thought I had the floor” in a deep “Brian voice”.  Brian was happiest with Freda, when he was surrounded by food, friends, family and a good dog (Bo or Bubba). He could often be found sipping on a jug of milk, a bottle of Gatorade or the odd drink.


Brian was a kind and generous man with a big heart. He honored his mother each year by growing a fruitful garden, using the same hoe his mother used with some modifications.  He loved to share his veggies with friends, family and anyone who stopped by. Brian was quick to give help in many ways without needing recognition.  He supported the community, helped individuals, and was a great stop for a bottle drive! He would even let the fire department come over once a year to test out the gear!  “Didn’t see that one coming, did ya!”, as Brian would say!  


Brian’s true friends were part of his family that he loved and cherished. He would often express how grateful he was to have such great friends.


As we bid farewell to Brian, let us remember the laughter he brought into our lives and the kindness he showed to everyone. Brian lived life on his own terms and did so until the end. Though his journey has ended, the legend of the “Prez” will live on."


He will be dearly missed by Freda Falconer; sisters, Eleanor (Oliver) Fifield, Coalburn; Angela LeBlanc, Lyons Brook; brothers, Blaine, MacLellans Mountain; Bobby (Lisa), New Glasgow; nieces and nephews, Tyler, Laurlea, Tristan, , Adrianna, Cameron, Michael, Gregory, Natalie, Lawson, Luke, Stephen, James, Joey and Maria; several great nieces and nephews.


He was predeceased by his parents, Robert Benvie MacLane and Doreen Elizabeth (Mason) Fraser; brothers, Bruce and David; niece, Abie.


Please join Brian’s family from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 27 in the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 28, Stellarton for a Celebration of Life.  Casual attire. No hats please.


Lovingly submitted by family.


Celebration of Life

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Thursday, June 27, 2024
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 28
140 MacKay Street
Stellarton, Nova Scotia, Canada