Condolence & Memory Journal

I did not know Brian. I know Nick, a man of kindness and optimism and faith and fairness. I am moved by Brian's story told by Victoria, and Victoria's story told by Nick, and by the special love of this family. Thank you for being a light in this world.

Posted by Jeff Patterson - Dallas, TX - Friend   July 15, 2019

I'm so sorry to hear of Brian's passing. The world was richer and brighter because he was a part of it and because the love you shared with each other couldn't help but make the rest of us want to be more loving people ourselves. My heart goes out to you as you grieve his loss.

Posted by Hildy Bowbeer - Minneapolis, MN - Family Friend   May 29, 2019

I remember Brian as a such sweet kid when I met him at our family reunion many years ago. My deepest condolences.

Posted by Debbie Soderberg - Roseville, CA - Family   May 19, 2019

Our Dearest Friends, We are deeply moved by and thank you for your kind and loving words about Brian, and your support to Cindy and me. Know, too, that Brian could not have had a more loving sister who did so much to enrich his life. The obituary you read was written by Victoria and she only hinted at the indelible bond our two beloved children forged. Let me give you a glimpse. You all know Brian could not read, so for every special occasion an exciting new series of adventures stories on disc would arrive from her. She had spent countless hours speaking into a computer to create them. Though they were far apart -- one in CA and one in MA -- Brian every night listened to his sister, whether he was in the hospital or home. Especially in his most dire times, he listened to and was comforted by his big sister's voice. My fondest memory was the one day Brian was at home resting in bed when she called via FaceTime for him: "Brian, you're going to be an uncle!". He lifted his head high and smiled from ear to ear. It will always bring tears of joy. Her sorrow over his loss is bottomless, though she knows he is now free. Please keep her in your prayers as she endures this grief.

Posted by NIck - Northville, MI - Father   May 19, 2019

Dear Nick and Cindy:

Escha and I send our heartfelt condolences to you and your family.

Doug Brown, Troy, Michigan, Fort Myers, Florida

Posted by Doug Brown - Troy, MI - Friend   May 18, 2019

I have for many, many years so admired your love and devotion for Brian. While he was surely very lucky to have you as his parents, you too were blessed to have him as your son. His strength and courage was remarkable; his impact on you was indelible. The Irish saying is apt: Those we love don't go away. They walk beside us every day. Still loved; still missed; still very dear.Dick Campbell Vero Beach FL May 16, 2019

Posted by Dick Campbell - Vero Beach, FL - Friend   May 16, 2019

Dear Nick and Cindy,

We are so sorry to hear of Brian's passing, and please accept our deepest sympathies to you and your family. On your many trips to Anthony's Key, you never failed to tell me about Brian and how he was doing. As a parent, I can only imagine how difficult this must be for you, but it is my prayer that the Lord will give you the strength to overcome the grief. I know the healing process will take time but focus on the beautiful memories and time you shared with Brian. May The Holy Spirit bring you and your family comfort at this difficult time.

Posted by Samir Galindo - Roatan Honduras - Friend   May 16, 2019

Dear Nick and Cindy,
Brian is special, in more ways than one. He became even more special in his passing, as he now leads the way to Heaven for you. Our all-knowing and merciful God knows how much you have loved and cared for Brian all these years. Now Brian is with our Father in heaven to personally testify of your great devotion and sacrifice, how he basked in the sunshine of your love, which kept him going for as long as he did, and how amazingly lucky he was to have you as his parents. Brian, your precious son, is now with the angels in heaven watching over you. May this bring you solace and comfort in your time of grief and moments of remembering Brian in the future.With love and prayers - Becky Tamondong, Friend, CCOC. 5/16/19

Posted by Becky Tamondong - Anaheim, CA - Friend   May 16, 2019

Dear Nick and Cindy,
Our deepest sympathies to you and your family on the passing of Brian. Our prayers are with you.

With Condolences,
Bob and Annette Yakushi

Posted by Bob and Annette Yakushi - Nashville, TN - Friend   May 16, 2019

We were so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

Posted by Frank and Chika Ravitch - Holt, MI - Friend   May 15, 2019

God has a special place for the truly innocents of this world and Brian will be there and walk among them. Our sincere condolences go out to all of you and I will see you here in Michigan on the 23rd.

Posted by Jerry Hess - Shelby Twp., MI - Family   May 15, 2019

With most sincere condolences,

Posted by Adam Candeub - Okemos, MI - Coworker   May 15, 2019

May the blessing Brian was in your lives and the myriad of loving memories he left behind may bring you comfort as you remember him and you thank God for the gift of Brian to The Wittner Family. Con Cariño Alba Ramiro, CCOC staff

Posted by Alba Ramiro - La Habra, CA   May 15, 2019

What a sweet, touching description of Brian. Love to you all.

Posted by Sandy Collins - North Vernon, IN - Family   May 15, 2019

Nick and Cindy, we hope that, just as your love and support sustained Brian for 33 years, your memories of the love and joy he shared with you will sustain you now and forever.

Posted by Mal & Donna Wheeler - Denver, CO - Friend   May 15, 2019


I only knew Brian through the wonderful stories that his father would share of him. But as a father with children of my own, who are about the same age as Brian, I can only imagine the tremendous grief you must be experiencing with his passing. I will continue to hold your family in my prayers during this difficult time. I am sure he is with the angels in heaven smiling down on all of you right now. May God bless you with wonderful memories of the times you shared and a spirit of peace. I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
Mark Jablonski, fellow CCOC Board member and member of St. Joseph Health

Posted by Mark Jablonski - Brea, CA - Friend   May 14, 2019

Deepest sympathies and my prayers. Fr.John Monestero

Posted by John Monestero - Anaheim, CA - Friend   May 14, 2019

Peter and I are deeply sorry for the loss of your son Brian. On couple of occasions when we met at Mays, his grandma ( Oma ) would light up talking about her special grandson. May he Rest In Peace.
With sympathy,
Peter and Maria Heindl

Posted by Peter & Maria Heindl - Carmel, NY - Friend   May 14, 2019