Keith Briant

May 5, 2018

BRIANT, Keith William

September 19, 1959 – May 5, 2018

Keith William Briant was born September 19, 1959 at Indian Head Saskatchewan, to Charles and Doreen Briant. Keith passed away suddenly at the age of 58, May 5, 2018. Keith is predeceased by his parents, mother Doreen, his father Charles, his mother and father -in-law Lena and Sebastian Kuntz, sister-in-law Lorraine Lang and brother-in-law Conrad Kuntz. Keith leaves his wife Jo-Anne, daughter Kaylyn, son Sean, his brother Murray (Dolly), his sister Carol (Bob), sister Sharon (Mike), brother Wayne (Brenda), sister Lorie (Paul). His sisters and brothers –in-law, Michael (Phyllis), James (Donna), Martin (Karen), Myrna, Bernie (Wanda), Dave (Marne), Wilf (Val), Norman (Kelly), along with many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and countless friends, and co-workers.

Keith grew up in Indian Head, and graduated from Indian Head High School in 1978. Keith graduated from the University of Saskatchewan in 1982, with a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Psychology Degree. During the summer months he worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway replacing railway ties, in and around the Indian Head area. After his Convocation from the U of S he was approached, offered and accepted a position with the C.P. Railway Police Force. Keith spent three years with the C.P. Police Force; two years working out of Regina and one year in Calgary.

Keith met Jo-Anne in the summer of 1983; they married on May 18, 1985. The first of two children, Kaylyn was born September 9, 1992 and Sean came along on July 11, 1996. Keith was a very proud father; as soon as Kaylyn and Sean were old enough to sit up by themselves he had them on the back of his bike riding to the park and around the neigbourhood.  As soon as they were walking he had them in the gym walking/running on the treadmill and lifting weights. His kids were going to be in good physical condition just like dad.

Keith started with Saskatoon Police Service August 1984. He held many positions during his 33 year career. Those being, Patrol Division, Stolen Bike Detail, Traffic Section, Bike (Patrol) Detail. Keith was promoted to Sergeant June 2003 and was put in charge of Central Division B Platoon. Patrol Sergeant C Platoon, Court Prep Sergeant, Divisional Sergeant. Detective Sergeant Commercial Crime (Social Services). Promoted to Staff Sergeant June 2012 assigned Northwest Division as Staff Sergeant of Patrol Division. The last position Keith held until his retirement October 2014, was Staff Sergeant Economic Crime/Stolen Auto Section.

Keith had many accomplishments, received numerous awards and accolades throughout his working career, both professional and personal. Following are just a few of these awards and accomplishments.

“Alumni of Influence Award” College of Arts and Science

(March 2015)

This honour recognizes distinguished alumni who have contributed significant achievement locally, nationally or internationally.

Saskatchewan Volunteer Medal (September 2010)

This Provincial honour recognizes work completed by individuals for Core Neigbourhood youths. 

Saskatchewan Community Policing Award (April 2009)

This award, given by the Chiefs of Police of Saskatchewan, recognizes individuals for their work in inner city areas. Keith was recognized for his successful work on establishing a community home in the Pleasant Hill Neighbourhood.

Community Builders Award (October 2005)

This award, given by Saskatoon Tourism. Keith was given this award for his work spearheading the “Kinsmen Activity Place”. This was a place for inner city children to do activities in their community. As well, funding was also provided for the Core Youth Neighbourhood project in getting it started.

Volunteer Work

Keith served as President of the Silverwood Heights Community Association for 6 years.

Keith served on the United Way Board for 5 years.

After a 33 year career as a Police Officer (both with C.P. Police and Saskatoon Police Service), he figured two weeks of full retirement was sufficient. Sitting around and not being able to complete Jo-Anne’s extensive “Honey Do List”, he commenced to look for employment. With Keith’s credentials, work experience and the amount of knowledge he had gained over the years, a job was not far away. Keith worked briefly for Brinks Armoured Car Service as an armed Guard. The Brinks job did not fulfill his need being active or for work variety. In October 2014 he joined the Corps of Commissionaires – North Saskatchewan Division.  Keith was hired as a Photo Radar Specialist, which took him away from home to various highway construction sites around the Saskatoon area. Again, this position didn’t fulfill Keith’s need for being active or variety; he was assigned the photo radar responsibilities within the city limits, closer to his family, friends and home cooked meals. Although Keith kept the photo radar responsibilities throughout his 3.5 years, he also worked a variety jobs with the Commissionaires, i.e. court screening in Court of Queens Bench, Traffic Court and Provincial Courthouse. Keith referred to himself as a “highly” trained x-ray tech and would volunteer his services for those who wanted a full body scan.

Although Keith continued to work and volunteer throughout his retirement; in May of 2015 both he and Jo-Anne did make time to take a “Retirement Vacation” to Europe. During their month away they travelled to Paris, England, Southern Ireland and Scotland. One of Keith’s natural abilities was to make friends wherever he went. Keith would strike up a conversation with anyone and by the end of the conversation he would have befriended them, this trip was no different. Both Keith and Jo-Anne made many friends from around the world on their vacation. 

Keith was a family man first; he was a caring and loving husband, father, brother, son and uncle. He was a selfless man and that was evident on countless occasions, he would always say, “what do you want to do” and he would go along with that decision even if it was something that he didn’t like to do. He was a giving person and once he was your friend, he was your friend for life.

Keith had a calming affect on everyone; he never got angry with anyone, which came in handy during his policing career. He always had time to help family, a neighbour, and a friend, whomever needed his assistance you can count on Keith to be the first to jump in. While Keith was still working shifts for Saskatoon Police Service, his four days off you could find him over at his mom and dad’s house, assisting them with whatever needed to be done. After mom passed, you would find Keith at the Sherbrook Veterans Home every Sunday having coffee with his dad. If his Dad needed a haircut, Keith was there with his clippers, “styling” dad’s hair.

Keith was a “Social Butterfly” he needed his friends around him. He enjoyed his regular afternoon and Saturday morning coffee chats at Tim Hortons or McDoanlds. He and his coffee “family” would discuss and solve a lot of the world’s problems over a coffee and muffin.

Keith loved to stay active and being outdoors. He enjoyed walking (in any and all weather conditions), enjoyed golf, bike riding, hiking, kayaking, tennis and his new sport Pickle Ball, which he learned and played while he and Jo-Anne were vacationing in Arizona this past February.

A Celebration of Keith’s Life will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, May 11, 2018 at Prairieland Park – Hall “A” (503 Ruth St. W.) in Saskatoon with Pastor Steve Menshenfriend as presider. Interment will take place at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Keith may be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation or to a charity of your choice. Arrangements in care of Mourning Glory Funeral Services (306) 978-5200.

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