This goes out to all those who knew Brian Briqueler and loved him as we did.On Aug. 2, Brian died after a seven-year battle with cancer. He was 32.He was born in western Massachusetts, and moved to Basalt at the age of 4 with his mother and sister. He attended Basalt schools from kindergarten until graduating from high school.Having grown up in the valley, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains and their essence of spirituality, he became inspired to pursue his career in the artistic world.He relocated to Los Angeles to broaden his acting career, but it was put on hold when he was diagnosed with cancer. After successfully completing his first round of treatment and radiation therapy, he decided to resume this career, but in another direction. He began drawing, taking photographs and painting. Like everything else Brian did, he was totally committed and passionate about his work.He was one of the most gifted and talented artists and his work was truly unique. His family felt blessed that he was a part of their everyday lives.Brian is survived by his mother, Ginger Briqueler, of Rio Rancho, N.M.; his sister, Robin Wallace, and her husband and daughter of San Diego; a grandmother in Boston; and two aunts, six uncles and 15 cousins.A private celebration of Brian’s life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. with family and friends at his uncle’s home in Carbondale.
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