Brian Grant Thoreson

23/10/1951 - 15/11/2020

Obituary For Brian Grant Thoreson

October 23, 1951 – November 15, 2020

Brian Thoreson longtime resident of Sexsmith, AB passed away at the QEll Hospital on Sunday November 15, 2020 at the age of 69 years. He was with his wife Lexie and his two sons Shawn and Ryan.

Brian was born on October 23, 1951 in Beaverlodge, AB to John and Margaret Thoreson. In 1963 the Thoreson family moved to Sexsmith where Brian was to graduate from the Sexsmith High School in 1969. He continued to NAIT for one additional year to study computer programming. Brian married Lexie Murchie in 1971 and continued to reside in Sexsmith for the next 35 years.

Brian owned and operated the Sexsmith Hotel (Alamo) for over 30 years before poor health dictated his retirement. Brian was very active in many community activities over the years including one term as Mayor of the town. He loved cars, had a fondness for Golden Retrievers, and a passion for his Hotel and staff. He was known for his hard work, quick wit, and extreme compassion for everyone. He was generous to a fault.

Brian will be missed by many including his wife Lexie, sons Shawn (Kelly), Ryan (Shauna), and grandchildren Logan and Mali. He is also survived by brothers Dennis and Terry, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

Brian’s family would like to thank the staff and nurses at McKenzie place for his daily care over the past 3 and a half years. As well as the staff and nurses at the QEll Hospital (3 North) for providing such excellent care during his last days spent in hospital.

There will be a small family service held for Brian. Due to COVID restrictions attendance is by invitation only. A larger celebration of life will be held with family & friends at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Ronald McDonald House Charities (

Care entrusted to Bear Creek Funeral Home 780-830-7742

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Lexie, Shawn, Ryan and Families, Dennis and Terry. Carol and I were so sorry to hear about Brian, we have so many good memories about Brian; topped off with his sense of humour. When we were younger it seemed Brian always had something on the go. It could have been a get rich quick scheme, a new body building program or a must have gimmick for your car, all of this energy and drive with his humour mixed in. He also had a compassionate and caring side. In December 1974 we moved from Grande Prairie to MacKenzie BC. Brian could not think of us being alone at Christmas in our new surroundings, so Lexie, Shawn and Brian took the winter drive through the Pine Pass to ensure that we could all have our Christmas together. I am not sure how we all fit into our small apartment, but only good memories remain. We have so many good memories and still have a good giggle about them today. We are thinking of all of you; love Ken and Carol Donison.
- Ken Donison
My husband Roland & I had gone to Sexsmith to just look Brian & Lexie up as we hadn't seen them for years. Brian welcomed us into their home as if we had seen them frequently. Both Brian & Lexie were kind & very hospitable. Brian was always so good about looking after his family! My mom, Doreen & dad, Bud Rudge held Brian in high regards. Our thoughts to Lexie & boys. Also, our thoughts are out to Dennis & Terry.
- Pat Jensen
I remember Brian from a lot of very enjoyable times we had. One really memorable one is on a trip back from Edmonton in his Volkswagon with the canvas sun roof. It was on a VERY cold day in winter. Brian had made some of his own beer and we were enjoying ourselves. It was so cold that my feet froze to the floor as I was in the back. I loved his sense of humor and cruising around in his Road Runner ( I think) I hope Dennis gets to see this as I'd pass a big hello to him. Very good memories.
- Jim Brown
My condolences to the entire Thoreson family on your sad loss. Brian was a kind and caring person. I remember him helping many people over the years that I knew him, worked for him, and was part of the Thoreson family. He was a friend and mentor to me. He was a Father figure and teacher to my 3 boys when they were young. I will remember the good times and know that he is with "Granny", and all the people he loved that went before him. Respectfully, Cathie Fraser(formerly Cathie Thoreson)
- Cathie Fraser
Lexie, Shawn and Ryan. Our condolences to you and all of your family. Remembering Brian's generosity always eager to give of his time and energy at numerous family gatherings. Sincerely Veronica and Gary Brown
- Gary Brown
I am so sorry to hear about Brian. He and the whole Thoreson family were a huge part of mine and Hailey's lives years ago and we will surely miss him. Our thoughts are with you all.
- Dawn LaLonde

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