The Brian Nash Memorial Cup is an intrasquad game played at the beginning of every season. All proceeds go directly to the Brian Nash Memorial Scholarship.
In any community, there are people who seek to make the place in which they live a better one.
There are dreamers and there are doers.
Both are necessary.
But if you can find people who are both, generally speaking, you have a progressive community, one which aggressively asks the question – not why, but why not?"
Grande Prairie lost one of those people on July 26. Brian Nash passed away at the age of 62 after a long and courageous battle with cancer, one many people had no idea he was even waging.
The word legacy is often tossed around like a cheap token in a penny arcade, but in Brian's case, his footprint will live on in Grande Prairie in perpetuity.
If it's sports, you look at junior hockey. As a key founder of the Grande Prairie Storm, twice the team's president, his push to bring top calibre Junior A hockey to this city and all other events along with it such as the Royal Bank Cup are things the city has enjoyed and relished. Many fans just take that for granted, not realizing all of the hard work, time and money that went in to getting it done.
In entertainment, this city has a long history with Bud Country one of Western Canada's premier country summer concerts, produced by Nash and partner Ken Truhn for so many years.
While the pair had divested the event, they will always be a key component of the event's history. Not to mention Q99 radio another co-venture which is very much a part of day to day life in our city.
How about travel
Brian worked for CP (remember them) before he bought the travel agency which became Marlin, now to be operated by loyal friends and longtime employees Caroline Connelly and Karen Cloutier in the spirit of community continuity.
He utilized his agency to push his favourite endeavours – trips to Vegas, National Finals Rodeo, some NASCAR, and when locals hit the big stage such as Renee Sonnenberg twice winning the Alberta curling title and a berth in the Scotties, he was there to arrange for South Peace fans to travel to Charlottetown and Sudbury to cheer on our locals.
It's a tough thing dealing with death. No one has truly figured it out.
But Brian's death reminds us about the ol' pool room adage – it's not what you make, it's what you leave.
And while many boast or claim a legacy, how many people truly leave such a widespread mark on a community's persona like Brian has?
His legacy is a breathing entity, every time you watch the Storm play, do business in his establishment, or kick up at Bud Country, he will and does live on.
Rest in peace, Brian.
–Fred Rinne, Grande Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune
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