Brian Markell


A lifetime resident of the area, Brian Markell passed away suddenly at home in Morrisburg, on Sunday, December 2, 2012. He was 61. 

Brian was born in Matilda Township on December 30, 1950, to his parents Robert and Della Maude Markell (nee Kelly).   Brian and Elaine Lavallie were married by Pastor Charles Marshall at Rowena Full Gospel Tabernacle on May 20, 1972. 

Brian will always be remembered for his warm heart and helping hand to anyone who was in need of help. 

He enjoyed fishing, day or night, and he always knew where to find the fish biting. When the kids were young, Brian and his daughter picked dew worms late at night, without Elaine knowing. However, Elaine often wondered why Loretta was so tired and did not want to get up for school!!

Brian was well known in the community for making sinkers and his own lures to catch the big ones, which he often did. 

Brian enjoyed collecting junk to tinker with. He always managed to fix whatever it was he was working on just so he could sell it or deal it off for something else that he would fix up again. 

Quite often the kids would come home from school and Brian would have some kind of motor completely torn apart on the table on newspaper. He would tell them not to touch anything and soon after he would have the motor put back together and working!  

Brian was also a huge fan of wrestling, not very often missing a match, with too many heroes to mention.  His family knew when wrestling was on to stay back because they didn’t know when Brian’s hands were going to fly depending on what was happening to his hero during the match. 

Brian worked for many local farmers in Matilda Township when he was young, and then he and his brother Charlie got a job working as tree planters in Limerick forest. They worked there for many years.  

Brian’s fondest memories involved all his family sitting outside on a warm sunny day reminiscing about the good old days or he and his family walking up the road to visit his parents and enjoy the fresh toast his Mom made on the wood stove.  

He also enjoyed getting together with his brothers and sisters and their families to enjoy a good meal.  Brian was somewhat of a prankster and he enjoyed playing a joke on someone when they least expected it.  His family never knew what he was up to. 

Brian is survived by his wife Elaine and his children Loretta (Rob) Margison of Williamsburg and Alex of Morrisburg. 

He will be fondly remembered by his brother Bernie of Morrisburg and his grandchildren Tiffany, Dereck, Terisa and Fernanda. 

He was predeceased by sisters Flossie Royle and Nellie Hitsman and brothers Robert, George, Art, Charlie, Sid and Carl. He was also predeceased by sisters-in-law Marilyn and Sharon Markell by his nephew Kevin Markel,  and by his mother and father-in-law Charles and Mildred Lavallie (Hitsman), Helen Markell. 

He is survived by sisters-in- law Kathy Markell, Cairlyn Chater, Marion Markell, Fay (Roger) Markell, Pat (Cecil) Keeler, by his brother-in-law George Hitsman Sr. and Paul Lavallie. 

He is also survived by nieces and nephews. 

Friends called at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Williamsburg, on Tuesday from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. Funeral service was held at the funeral home on Wednesday, December 5th at 2 p.m., with Pastor Jim Kirkby officiating.  

Interment followed at New Union Cemetery, Williamsburg.  

Pallbearers were Alex Markell, Rob Margison, Dereck Margison, Eldon McCorkell, Sydney Markell, John Hitsman, Garnet Wolfe and Bill Markell.

Donations to the Ottawa Regional Cancer Centre would be gratefully acknowledged by the family.  Online condolences may be made at


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