Trade Regrets: Bryston President Brian Russell

With sadness and surprise, the pro audio industry learned in late-September that Brian Russell, the president of Canadian audio manufacturer Bryston, passed away suddenly from a heart attack.

“It is with utmost sadness and a broken heart that we pass along the news of the sudden passing of Brian W. Russell, our President and Overseas Distributor Liaison,” Bryston CEO Christopher Russell wrote on the company’s Facebook page on Sept. 29th. “Brian was well liked by all who knew him, his travels took him to all parts of the globe, and he made friends and cohorts everywhere he went. Brian had worked at Bryston since the 1970s, and was easily one of the most valuable and hard-working members of the Bryston team. We will miss his hearty, jovial presence and his warm-hearted good spirits most deeply. Please make donations in lieu of flowers to the Heart and Stroke Foundation.”

As well, Brian’s colleague and friend James Tanner, the company’s VP of sales and marketing, wrote online: “Saturday I lost a terrific friend and business associate. Brian Russell passed away in his sleep Saturday from a suspected heart attack. He was 68. I worked with Brian for over 45 years and he was the most kind and caring individual I have ever known. He came across as a rough gruff bear of a guy but deep down he had the emotions of a teddy bear. I will miss him a lot and I am still in disbelief over this.”

Professional Sound sends our deepest condolences to Brian’s family, colleagues, and many friends.

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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