Despite his unwavering strength and determination, this terrible disease left Brian unable to continue his fight. After an unpredicted and rapid decline of his condition, Brian chose to be moved to a hospice facility in Northern Virginia, where after two days he passed comfortably and peacefully, with his parents, Al and Susann, and his brother, Greg, by his side.
Brian’s unique humor and unceasing kindness never left him, even during the height of his suffering, the realization of his fate, and the final moments of his presence. He remained the strongest of those around him, providing consolation and levity, inspiration and gratitude, and a calm composure amid a chaotic and difficult time.
Although Brian did not want to surrender and saw himself winning his battle for survival, he was ready. He did not fear his passage and went with confidence that this would not be the end of his journey nor the time spent with those he loved, expressing this through his final message: “I have been blessed with a great life, complete with loving family and friends. I know that we will see each other again, so this is just a ‘see you later’, not a goodbye.”