It’s been nearly five years since Brian Nash passed away, but his efforts are still felt today. The dedicated community member has been memorialized with a wall feature at the Grande Prairie Airport, unveiled to friends and family Thursday afternoon.
Nash played a big part in local hockey, co-founded the Bud County Fever festival and spent time on the Airport Commission. CEO Brian Grant says it was only a natural fit to have the memorial at the airport.
“We certainly wanted it to be something that was a feature that stood out in the terminal building and explained to everybody that comes through this community that there was a man out there that contributed to just about every special event that comes along.”
The timing is also appropriate as Nash was heavily involved in Stompede. 62 at the time of his death from pancreatic cancer, Nash owned Marlin Travel, was known as a concert promoter, and helped operate teams like the former GP North Stars and Chiefs, as well as the Storm. Long-time friend and business partner Ken Truhn believes the memorial wall feature is a fitting tribute.
“Brian did so many things here and with so little fanfare. He wouldn’t have wanted something like this; that wasn’t Brian. He did things and he kept them quiet, but I meant what we said: we lost a valuable member of the community; he made a lot of contributions to the community.”
The wall feature lists just some of Nash’s contributions. It can be found in between arrivals and the security gates.