Brian Walter Prendergast, 69, entered into eternal rest July 26, 2015, after a ferocious battle with cancer.
He was predeceased by his parents; his older brother, Francis; and his daughter, Brianna.
He leaves his son, Greg; two grandchildren; seven nieces and nephews; three close cousins; his two sisters Deirdre and Cecily; and a worldwide network of friends who cherish his memory.
Brian graduated from Carrollton High School in 1963, after which he entered the Air Force completing his service at MacDill AFB in Tampa, FL. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Tampa University and his master’s degree from The University of Detroit. His successful career was in the finance industry.
After taking an early retirement he lived in the Tampa Bay area where he focused his energy on travel, boating and golf. He owned a Harley and motorcycled cross-country several times, and participated in many rallies in Sturgis, SD, and other locations. He sailed from Tampa to the US Virgin Islands where he and one of his many good friends set up a successful business. He took a memorable road trip in his truck with his camper trailer attached visiting nearly all the US National Parks. After his sister’s move to France, he visited her to sail on the Mediterranean Sea and used her location to visit other European cities. He also lived in Glasgow, Scotland, working with his sister and traveling to remote Scottish destinations including visiting all the abbeys in that country. His visit to Cuba at Christmas was his last big adventure.
Brian valued his Carrollton High School friendships and golfed nearly every summer with many of them and thoroughly enjoyed his yearly high school reunions. He was comforted by the cards and prayers he received from his friends during his illness. Brian was characterful, charismatic and never met a stranger. His favorite assessment of any situation was “what is, is”. His storytelling skills were well known among his family and friends and with his Irish blue eyes sparkling and his animated delivery you were never too sure of what was story and what was truth, but it was always interesting and never harmful. You are missed Brian.
Brian supported his mother’s interest in Native Americans and contributed to her Education Charity. If you would like to contribute to the fund please send to: WAHNETA SCHOLARSHIP FUND, Address: 2635 Lower Lincoln Hills Drive, Missoula MT 50802.