Lori (Caplan) Ryerson
June 5, 2012, 9:13 am
My condolences to the Brickenden family. In 1977, Jack was my boss at my very first job out of high school, in Ontario Region PR at CBC. To this day, I can still hear that voice...and see the ties. Rumour had it that Jack had to be vetted by Ruth before he left the house because of those. I had the wonderful good luck of getting to work on the project when Jack headed up the CBC 25th Anniversary celebration, arranging tours throughout a number of the 17 buildings that then made up the CBC. It was one of his big hopes to some day see all those buildings under one home, he talked about that a lot. I remember when they finally opened the new CBC bldg on Front, thinking back fondly on Jack's dream and knowing it had finally come to be. Fond memories of those years, of Jack's laugh, and his generous personality. A life well lived, and shared broadly.
Judy & Barry Johnson
June 6, 2012, 12:34 am
Our deepest sympathy to Ruth and family...
Barry and I had the good fortune to be neighbours of Jack and Ruth for several years; it wasn't long before we also became friends. When we think of Jack we think of his love and pride for his Ruth, his daughters and their families, his love of life, of new adventures, of flowers, of laughter, of great music and always that willingness to explore any topic. Discussions with Jack were always wonderful. We feel blessed to have got to know this very special man and know that he is off on a wonderful new adventure. Sincerely, Barry & Judy Johnson
June 6, 2012, 2:07 pm
When I think of Mr. Brickenden (as we kids called him back in the sixties), I think of a big, handsome, exuberant, curious, kind soul....one of the good grownups. To be around him was to know that the world was wide and that life could be wonderful. I'm so sorry he's gone.
June 12, 2012, 12:54 am
Jack was one of my favourite people at CBC - a smart and warm human being with a big heart. We worked together only briefly, in 1977 during the Guelph Spring Festival. I wish I had had the chance to learn more from him and about him. My condolences to his family.
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