Word reached some at the club on Friday, 2/19 that Brian, only 60 years of age, had lost a battle with lung cancer.
Board President, Jason Botterill noted, "While his tangible contributions to the club with the ice and ice shed were obvious to all, the intangible contributions he made were equally important. His spirit and dedication to the game, the club, and the members served as an example to all of us. His ability to push us all forward, to do and be better, is a legacy that will last longer than any ice. Our sympathies go out to his wife, Julie, and all of his family and friends. We are all changed from having known Brian and we won't be the same without him."
According to the online obituary, "Brian is survived by his wife, Julie of Cannon Falls; children, JoBeth (Scott) Thompson of Lakeville, Jamie (Gavin) Hanson of St. Paul, and Ryan (Kelly) of White Bear Lake; grandchildren, Ella, Kate, Sam, Luke, Jack, Wyatt, and Reese" as well as his beloved grandchildren.
Darcy Ellarby, club co-founder most certainly echos the sentiment of club members in a Facebook posthttps://www.lundbergfuneral.com/obituary/Brian-Rich, "Brian was a true friend to curling and dedicated many hours to our club, RIP Brian and our deepest condolences to you Julie Rich."