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  • August 26, 2013 - Calgary, Alberta:

    26th August 2013:

    Today is the first anniversary of Brian's senseless death. I can think of no better way to remember him than by the words of his best friend - spoken at Brian's funeral.

    In Rod Jenkins words:

    Eulogy for Brian Ludwig

    By Rodney Jenkins – 31st August 2012

    Honestly, I don’t know how to begin. I know I should begin by saying that we are here, not only to remember, but to honor the life of Brian Ludwig.

    Giving a Eulogy for my best friend is a true honor, and the number of people that have gathered here today is a testament to his character. Brian was a truly special person.

    But how do I begin to tell you all about the man that Brian was? There was so much to his life.

    We met 29 years ago, in grade 8 at Chestermere Junior High School and instantly became best friends. He was like a little brother to me that quickly became the big bother.

    We played hockey and he always made me look better than I was. Anything Brian did he excelled at without effort. Brian and Heather were both competitive swimmers in their school years. He was able to apply those skills again when I dropped my wedding ring into the ocean while playing football with him. He snorkeled for hours looking for that ring with Karen looking on.

    Remembering back to our school days, both Brian and I hated public speaking, and I have always been horrible at it. I have never forgotten the day he stayed home and left me to do our Grade 9 French presentation alone… and here I am alone again. Thanks buddy.

    He was known by so many nicknames, to so many people, but in the end he was still just Brian to me. Brian was a man who loved life and lived it to the fullest. He had endless confidence and could take on the world. Life just came easy to him. He was never afraid and he was brave enough to be the man he felt he should be.

    Nothing was more important to Brian than his family. It’s because of his parents that Brian was a truly great man, and for that I am grateful to Ron and Angela Ludwig. And in honor of him, I want you to know, while I could never come close to taking his place I will always be here for you and your family. Brian has also left behind two beautiful children, Mikita and Phoenix, who are living examples of how special Brian was. Brian changed when he had his children. He grew into a dad and would do anything for them. He did anything to spend as much time as possible with them and glowed when talking about them. Not unlike the glow he gave to all of us - he always had the most amazing ‘happy to see you smile’ whenever you saw him.

    And over the years as life took us in different directions, our paths have crossed and crossed but never stayed apart for very long. Nothing could keep us apart, and it still can’t, because he will always be in my heart. I know that Brian is still with us. His “larger than life” presence can still be felt.

    I would like to thank you on behalf of the Ludwig family for coming here today to celebrate the life of Brian Ronald Ludwig. And I want to thank Ron and Angela for letting me do this and giving me the honor of celebrating Brian`s life with all of you.

    As we reflect on our time with Brian, we will remember what it was that we loved about him, and what we will miss the most about him. I hope that your pain will soon be overshadowed by all the good memories you have, even if the sadness may never really go away.........

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