March 28, 1985 ~ June 24, 2020

Born in: Yuba City, CA
Resided in: Akron, OH

Brian Edwin Lee passed away peacefully and surrounded by his family on June 24, 2020 at
his home in Copley, after a courageous battle with cancer. He was 35 years old.
Brian was born on March 28, 1985 to Stuart and Dawna Lee in Yuba City, California, where
he spent his early childhood. It was there that he learned to love the California weather –
something he never quite got over in his new home here in Ohio, to which his family moved
in 1997. He graduated from Copley High School in 2003. While at Copley, Brian was in the
choir, band, and played football. It was also at Copley that he met his future wife, best
friend, and partner-in-crime, Felicia. Brian then briefly attended Kent State University where
he studied Computer Science. He and Felicia welcomed their son Ethan into their lives in
2005, and were married that same year.
After being a stay-at-home parent to Ethan, a job at which he was magnificent, Brian
searched for somewhere to begin his professional career. He landed at Westfield
Insurance where he worked for nearly six years leading up to his illness. While there, he
met many people who had an immensely positive impact on his life. He counted himself
very lucky to have found joy in the work that he did. While Brian held multiple roles in his
time there, he felt most rewarded when he was part of their education team, and teaching
others was something at which he truly excelled.
Friends and family will remember Brian as someone who could light up a room. He always
had a joke to tell, a smile to give, and a shoulder to cry on. He could make a friend
anywhere, and put people instantly at ease with his quick wit and affable demeanor. Brian
was a phenomenal father, husband, son, brother, and friend. He was endlessly patient,
wise beyond his years, and a kind soul.
Brian loved music and had a wonderful voice – one of his favorite activities was singing
along with Felicia to as many of their favorite songs as they could think of in an evening –
usually to the detriment of their sleep. Brian was a lifelong San Francisco 49ers fan, was
happy to have “adopted” the Cleveland Indians after moving to Ohio, and after only minor
cajoling from his wife, became a Pittsburgh Penguins fan. An avid cook, Brian loved being
adventurous with food – trying new recipes, new restaurants, new cuisines – and always
trying to one-up Felicia in the kitchen. He knew he had become a true Ohioan when he
started running his smoker and grill outside in -20 degree weather. Brian was an animal
lover who enjoyed watching the birds, admonishing the racoons that stole the bird seed
(and once an entire bird feeder!), and doting on the family dog, Sammy. More than
anything else, however, he adored being a father and husband. Guiding and teaching
Ethan was something that came naturally to Brian, and he took great pride in the young
man that Ethan has become. His counsel, patience, love, and laughter is something Felicia
will dearly miss.
Brian is survived by his loving wife, Felicia, their son, Ethan, his parents, Stuart and Dawna
Lee, his brothers Jeff and Alex (Brooke) Lee, his paternal grandmother, Donna (Richard)
Moorman, his maternal grandparents, Don and Joan Cochran, his step-grandmother, Bobbie (Jack) Swanson-Cramer, his father-in-law, Richard Gallo, his sister-in-law Rachele (Dan) White, and his niece Evelyn White.

He was preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, Carl Lee.
Felicia and Ethan would like to specifically thank Brian’s oncologist, Dr. Laurie Matt-
Amaral, his nurse practitioner, Erika Gross, his nurses at Akron General Cleveland Clinic,
Barb and Kim, and his entire hospice team. They fought hard alongside him during his
treatment, and made Brian’s final journey easier and more comfortable. For that, his family
is eternally grateful.
One of Brian’s favorite literary quotes, from John Green, was “Thomas Edison’s last words
were ‘It’s very beautiful over there.’ I don’t know where ‘there’ is, but I believe it’s
somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”
A private celebration of Brian’s life will be held at Hummel Funeral Home in Copley, Ohio, followed by interment at Spring Grove Cemetery in Medina. The family welcomes Brian’s friends and coworkers to join them at calling hours on, Sunday, June 28, 2020 from 2PM to 5PM, also at Hummel Funeral Home, 3475 Copley Rd. in Copley. Covid 19 social distancing and face masks required.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations in Brian’s memory to the Pancreatic Cancer
Action Network ( or to the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.
Bri – I’ll see you on the flip side. I hope it’s beautiful.

A video of Brian’s Services can be found here.

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  1. Brian has a great sense of humor and could always be counted on to add laughter to family gatherings. I remember moving a very large entertainment center down narrow stairs with him. We were laughing and trying not to drop it! Rest In Peace.

  2. Brian, I will certainly miss your wit and our conversations about hockey and the fact our kids both named Ethan were the same age and how you shared the same fantastic birthday as my Ethan.
    I hope you are resting peacefully now , you will be greatly missed by so many.
    GO PENS!!

  3. I will always appreciate the help that you and your wife gave to me when I first met you. You both were incredibly welcoming and patient with me, giving me the tools to be better than I was. I’ll never forget it, and I will never forget you. I’ll swim in Kels lake for you, and see you on the flip side.

    • I am so sorry for your loss! Prayers for strength and comfort for your family during this difficult time. God bless!

  4. Felicia, I am so sorry for your loss, Brian was always upbeat and always made people laugh and he will be missed by many. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. God Bless you all.

  5. Brian was a valuable member of our team at Westfield. I will always remember how he “wow’d” us during the Interview and continued to “wow” us with his knowledge and success over the years. We will definitely miss his presence and humor in the office. Deepest sympathy to Felicia and Ethan. Gone way too soon.

  6. I didn’t know you very long, but I knew you enough to know the world is not a better place today. Thank you for shining your light on us as long as you did. You will be missed.

  7. So very sorry to hear about Brian. While I only worked with Brian for a short while I will be forever impacted by his kindness & upbeat attitude. Love & prayers to your family. Mary Boyle.

  8. Felicia and Ethan my heart is broken for both of you. One of my favorite saying is ‘When the one you love becomes a memory, that memory becomes a treasure’. Brain was an amazing person, always smiling and that made people smile along with him. He will be missed by his Westfield family. Felicia many many hugs to you. I am so very sorry for your loss. May God give you and Ethan the strength you need to carry on.

  9. I knew Brian only a short time at Westfield, but I will always remember him as one of my favorite examiners – always willing to help, always was smiling, and always came through. I will never forget his large smile; and over and above attitude. My deepest sympathy Felicia and Ethan, I can’t imagine the emptiness you feel in losing such a beautiful soul. Thoughts and prayers to you both.

  10. Felicia, Ethan, Stuart, Dawna and Family–very sorry for your loss. I’m a former co-worker of Stuart’s, and while I never had the privilege to have met Brian, he sounds like the the kind of person I would have liked to have met. It’s clear he was a guy who knew how to live and experience the important things in life, and that he did so to the fullest in his all too short time here. Very sorry for your loss, and know that you all are in our thoughts and prayers.

  11. Stuart, I am so sorry about the passing of your son. I cannot find the words to offer comfort, but know that he is at peace and no longer in pain. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and all of your family at this most difficult time.

  12. To Stuart, Dawna, Felecia and Ethan-
    Sending Cali love to all of you at this very sad time. Close your eyes and feel our love in your heart to stay strong and know Brian is in a better place and now somehow you must find your peace.

    We share your pain and sorrow more then you can imagine. We are old dear special friends of Stuart’s and have loved him and the joys of your family forever. We are as broken hearted as all of you.
    We ❤️ U,
    Ann and Greg Myer

  13. I am lucky to have known him for the last few years. I will appreciate the immense help he has given me, without even knowing that he helped. I am so, so sorry for your loss. I wish I had a chance to have met him in person.

  14. My thoughts are with you Felicia and Ethan. He would often tell me that he thought you were amazing. I could see how much he loved you and Ethan. I will miss him, he had a gentle soul.

  15. Dear Stuart and Dawna, We are thinking of you, and your family, and sending love and our deepest condolences during this difficult time. We are so sorry for your loss. Brian was an extraordinary son, brother, husband, and father. May hope sustain you, friends surround you, and love give you strength. You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

  16. Felicia and family my heart felt condolences go out to all of you. I will keep each of you in my prayers that you are given the strength for your hearts to heal. I will remember Brian with a smile on my face and him in his Pittsburgh Penguin Jersey. All of his many gifts will be deeply missed. God bless!

  17. Brian, you had a real knack for making the lives of everyone around you better. I definitely wasn’t immune to that. I’ve never known someone so easy to slip into a lifelong friendship with. Thank you for being there, thank you for being you. Thank you for everything. Gonna miss you, buddy.

  18. Dear Stuart, I was very sudden to hear of the loss of you son. My deepest condolences to you and your family in this difficult time. May his sole rest in peace and u won’t have anymore sorrow and sad days in your family.

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