Brian unexpectedly passed Sept. 2, 2018, from a heart attack. He was 62 years young and left a great void in many of our hearts.
His quick wit, dry sense of humor, and over-use of emojis will be missed. His compassion, creativity, and generosity will always be remembered.
Brian was always there to lend a helping hand.
His profound and positive impact on the specialty tea and natural products industries is timeless. While we will miss his smile, whenever we have a cup of tea, or walk into a Whole Foods, we will encounter a small part of Brian's legacy. He affected the businesses of hundreds of people, brands, and hopeful entrepreneurs. His incredible network of friends and colleagues spanned the globe. Brian enriched thousands of lives.
Now we need to celebrate him. Pick up your guitar if you have one. Listen to your favorite tune. For a moment, share Brian's passion for music.
Please donate to Brian's memorial fund. Proceeds will be divided to help cover costs associated with Celebration of Life services in Seattle and Boulder - the two cities Brian considered home.
All additional proceeds will be gifted to create a legacy donation to KEXP, Brian’s favorite radio station, to honor his love of local music.
Seattle Celebration of Life Details:
September 16, 2018
Golden Gardens Bathhouse
8498 SEAVIEW PLACE NORTHWEST SEATTLE, WA 98117
4 - 8 pm
Tea, food, drinks, tissues, and great stories of Brian will be served. We have a few close family and friends who will be saying a few words at 5:30 and again at 6:30 and we will close the evening with meditation prayer at sunset (around 7:30).
Boulder Celebration of Life Details:
October 7, 2018
The Boulder Dushanbe Teahouse
1770 13th ST. BOULDER, CO 80302
2 - 5 pm
A celebration of Oolong honoring Brian, with a light afternoon tea being served.
- Venus Tsui
- David Weinstein
- Holly Waugh
- Rick Levine
- Christopher Gronbeck