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In Memory of

Brian B. Tourigny

December 23, 1939 - October 12, 2016

Obituary


Brian Tourigny was born on December 23, 1939 to Elsie and Al Tourigny in Norwalk, Conneticut. He grew up with his brother Bruce and many cousins.
In high school through a friend Brian met Sandy. It was not long at all before Brian and sandy knew they would want to spend the rest of their lives together. Their dates included hanging out at the hot rod club working on cars and attending sock hops and rock and roll shows. Brian and sandy always loved to dance.
In January of 1959 Brian married the...

Brian Tourigny was born on December 23, 1939 to Elsie and Al Tourigny in Norwalk, Conneticut. He grew up with his brother Bruce and many cousins.
In high school through a friend Brian met Sandy. It was not long at all before Brian and sandy knew they would want to spend the rest of their lives together. Their dates included hanging out at the hot rod club working on cars and attending sock hops and rock and roll shows. Brian and sandy always loved to dance.
In January of 1959 Brian married the love of his life Sandy. Brian soon was advised by his doctors to move to a drier climate due to his asthma. And the adventure began as Brian and sandy made the move to Tucson, Arizona where they would start a life of their own. Over six years while living in Tucson, Arizona They experienced many life changing events. They purchased their first home and had three beautiful daughters Nancy, Cindy, and Laurie. Brian was very creative and skilled in building and worked for a small custom cabinet shop while in Arizona. Brian always had projects with his cars and built a model 'A' and a corvette during this time.
Times changed and things in Arizona got hard for the family so they decided that moving to California would be the best decision for them. In 1965 they packed up two cars and trailers and made the move to California. They stayed with friends for a while until the purchased a home and Brian got a job through the carpenters union to build high rises in long beach, while sandy started working in the sewing industry. New opportunities arrived for Brian and he became employed with Boeing that would result in a thirty-five-year career in aerospace and a job Brian truly loved. Through work Brian and sandy met many great friends and took up boating as a hobby.
Boating became a weekend event for them and their girls. Often bringing along many friends and just enjoying their time away from work out on the water. Brian loved to make time for his girls and made a point to be there for them throughout life. As time went on His oldest daughter Nancy married and moved away, while Cindy and Laurie were still in high school. The younger girls became involved in FFA where they showed animals and were involved in all kinds of activities. Brian always made time for the girl's projects. Brian and sandy found themselves spending a lot of time at the school farm. They made great friendships with many of the girl's classmates that still remain today. They felt like family to Brian and sandy.
In 1978 Brian and sandy felt that it was time to purchase a larger property because their love for raising animals was just beginning to grow. It was a big decision and a lifestyle change but they knew it was the right decision. They purchased a property in Mira Loma and never looked back. Over the next thirty years they built their pig farm. Brian designed the entire farm and created structures that are still around to this day. Brian was an extremely hard worker, he worked at Boeing while sandy went full time working on the pig farm. Brian participated in the farm with any extra time he had away from work, fixing anything, showing pigs, and everything else in between.
Brian always had his side projects and his favorite one was to build a 'T' bucket hot rod in his spare time. He built the hot rod from the ground up even making many of the parts himself. Over eighteen years he got his hot rod running. Everyone knows how much love he put into that car.
In the meantime, all Brian and Sandy's daughters had children and during the summer they would all come to the farm and spend time with their grandma and grandpa playing and working on the farm. Brian loved having the kids down and would make sure they always had a fresh dirt pile to play in and a pool to cool off in. Memories were made during this time that would last a lifetime for all.
In 2004 Brian retired from Boeing and devoted full time on the farm. They had a large operation of five hundred pigs at some times but never had a problem getting them sold. Brian took joy in caring for the pigs as well as meeting all the customers.
In 2008 They shut down the farm because the economy was bad, but it was time for them to retire. Six months later in fall of 2009 Brian was diagnosed with cancer and went into chemo therapy treatment. It almost killed him, but he was strong and it went into remission. Sandy was his nurse and with him all the time, he sprang back, but had another battle with cancer again three years later, but still recovered each time taking its toll. He was still active with many different projects including re modeling Sandy's kitchen. Brian and sandy spent their time together laughing and shared peace of just being near each other. Their love will transcend time. It's a warmth that will always exist in their family, its influence and strength will last forever. On October 12, 2016 Brian passed away peacefully with sandy by his side.

Brian was survived by wife Sandy Tourigny, Daughters: Nancy, Cindy(Richard), and Laurie. Grandchildren: Zach(Natasha), Jasmine(Arisio), James(Sarah), Tazray, Katrina, Heather(Christopher), Alek(Christine), Gloria(Brandon), and Daniel. Greatgrandchildren: Erelyn, Octavia, Michael, Isabella, Emilio, Maxwell, Bradley, Zoey, Nate, and Stella.