Brian Piercy remembered for his caring and love of fishing

Brian Piercy had a special way to make a little boy happy.

He took him fishing.

Michelle Lind became friends with Piercy when she was going through a divorce.

“I had a son from my marriage and Brian was great with him,” Lind said. “He helped make Jeremy’s birthdays special and took him fishing. He was always kind and gentle in every aspect.”

His mother, Shamra Lomsdalen, said her son was a wonderful man who loved his family.

Brian James Piercy, 48, died July 3. The cause of death has yet to be determined, but it could be heart failure, his mother said. Her was born on Nov. 10, 1959, in Everett.

Piercy lived most of his life in the Everett area but spent time in California, Florida and Wenatchee. He helped run a trucking company and drove a cab.

He is survived by his mother and stepfather, Shamra and Carl Lomsdalen; grandparents Arlie and Marie Phelps, all of Everett; sisters Renee Torneden of Marysville and Maureen Pitts of Everett; brothers Todd and Scott Thoresen of Everett and Brett Meyers of Vancouver; nieces Christen, Annie and Brianne; nephews Justin, Noah and Alex; aunts, uncles and cousins; and many lifelong friends.

He was preceded in death by his father, James Piercy, and grandparents Monroe and Jean Piercy.

His sister, Maureen Pitts, will never forget their favorite sport.

“Those who knew and loved Brian were well aware of his passion for fishing,” Pitts said. “Brian was on his way home from a fishing trip in the San Juan Islands with our brother Scott when he passed away. He had caught an awesome 18-pound king salmon and was excited to get home and show it off with yet another fish story to tell.”

Her brother had health problems the past few years, she said. The two shared a house.

“He had his ups and downs but he was always there for me and anyone else who needed him. I admired him for hanging in there, even though it was hard sometimes to get out and do the things he enjoyed.”

But Piercy was full of life, she said, and always was up for having fun when he had the chance. Her brother, who served in the Navy, always took the time to listen to people and offered encouragement to those going through rough times.

“I miss his wit and his humor,” she said.

Childhood friend John Edwards said Piercy was one of those happy, friendly kids on the playground at Roosevelt Elementary School in Everett. Piercy’s mother described her son as loving, giving, respectful, kind and sometimes outrageous in the things he did.

All agreed Brian Piercy loved his family and fishing.

“I will be joining you someday and I’ll be bringing my pole,” his sister said. “We’ll see who catches the biggest one then.”

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