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Brian Backman

Brian Backman

Born: July 17th, 1975

Passed in: Shelburne Chester
Passed on: March 24th, 2016

Backman, Brian Arthur-July 17, 1975- March 24, 2016, Shelburne /Chester: It is with deep sadness we announce the sudden passing of a beloved son, brother, uncle and best friend at his home by Lake Deception, on Thursday, March 24, 2016. Fiercely loyal, Brian was devoted to family and friends. He would lighten up a room with his infectious smile and ability to engage anyone in conversation about anything. He especially enjoyed discussions that elicited healthy debate. Brian loved the movies and took every opportunity to watch them with his family or friends. In 1995, upon returning home from his first year of university, Brian began his career in film here in Shelburne, working as an office PA on the Scarlett Letter then over time becoming an Assistant Director. With over 20 years of working in film, Brian was best known for running the trailers, and managing activities for lead actors, actresses and cast. Much loved by cast and crew alike, Brian had a reputation by them as hardworking and loyal. Some of his fondest moments were with these special friends and colleagues he met on set and the cast, crew, lead actors and actresses he coordinated and managed activities for. He had a special fondness for support staff such as hair, make-up and catering. As a member of the Director’s Guild of Canada: Brian worked in NS, Vancouver, and Toronto. Some of his credits include: Titanic, Two If By Sea, Exit Wounds, Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital, SAWII, Man Seeking Woman, Jesus Henry Christ, Cadet Kelly, Jewel, Amazon, Storm of the Century, Fever Pitch and the Next Step. One of his most recent joys was the “Next Step”. To add to this joy was the gleam in his eyes at securing tickets for his young niece, nephew and their friends to a production of this show in Halifax, which included backstage passes. An avid reader and lifelong learner, Brian returned to school as an adult and earned a Safety Professional designation which he strived diligently to incorporate and filter as set safety management practices throughout his workplace. He also was a St. John Ambulance First Aid Instructor. Brian loved volunteering and his special charities included Threads of Life-Steps for Life Walk (Bringing hope and healing to families after a workplace fatality, life altering injury, or occupational disease) and South West Nova Transit ( Provides low-cost, door-to-door, wheelchair accessible transportation options to Shelburne County residents who have a barrier to transportation). Brian is survived by his parents, Linda Elliott-Chaffey (Chris Chaffey); Arthur Backman ( Becky Ritchie); sisters Nicolle Backman-Taylor (Benjamin), Kristal Backman (Glen Molloy); brother Karl Rhuland (Ashley); step-sisters Amy and Meg Antonick; step-brother James Markey; nephews Elliott Taylor and Reece Molloy, nieces Stella Taylor and Adrianna Rhuland; uncles John Elliott (Margo MacLean); Michael Elliott (Susan); Everett Backman (Cassie); aunts Diane Scott (Jim ); Maureen Elliott-Locke (Michael). Brian was predeceased by his baby brother, George Elliott Rhuland and grandparents John and Muriel Elliott and Murray and Mildred Backman, and step-brother Josef Antonick. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, any act of kindness be shared in his memory or memorial donations may be made in his honour to any charity of choice or to the above charities Brian favoured. A celebration of Brian’s life will take place on Thursday, April 7 at 1400 hours in H.M. Huskilson`s Memorial Chapel, Shelburne with Rev. Ed Trevors assisting. On-line condolences may be sent to:hmhuskilson @ns.aliantzinc.ca or you may sign the guest book at:www.huskilson.net

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