Bryan Neil Volden
Our Beloved Muffin Man
It all started over coffee. The aroma of muffins and coffee will forever remind us of our loving husband, father and grandfather, Bryan Neil Volden. Born on June 14th, 1945 in Penticton BC to Adolph “Duffy” & Della Volden, Bryan grew up with his brother Bruce. After graduating from Pen High, Bryan attended Vancouver Vocational Institute and graduated with a certificate in Culinary Arts. Creative at heart, he had a natural gift which allowed him to compete in the National Culinary Olympics and won the Top Award in 1965. He worked in numerous elite hotels and venues including the World’s Fair in Montreal in 1967. Being an extremely social guy, working for someone else cramped his style. His parents helped him buy his first restaurant The Burger Bar in Mission, BC. One night after church, he met Solveig over coffee. Bryan’s coffee was the method to which he won the hearts of many including Solveig. It took Bryan 5 weeks to propose. They were married in Oct. 1974. Over the years, while owning the various family businesses, they worked side by side as a team. They raised their two daughters Rebecca & Tiffany in Abbotsford and attended Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly and later Christian Life Assembly in Langley.
He owned the Muffin Break and thus became known as “The Muffin Man”. Later, Towers Cafe at the McCallum Medical Towers where he felt that many, after seeing the doctor, came in for a cup of coffee as well as a “second opinion”.
On March 19th 2011, Bryan passed away in ICU at Abbotsford Regional Hospital. Surrounded by his loved ones. The Volden’s are so grateful for the amazing care he received from the staff in the ICU.
Bryan was a loving husband, father & grandpa. He will be dearly missed by so many but most of all by his wife of 37 years, Solveig, his daughters Rebecca (Oscar) Del Pozo, Tiffany (Brandon) Waardenburg. Grandchildren, Antonio, Trysha, Isaiah, Bella & Jacob. His brother Bruce (Janey) Oliver & Casey Volden of Penticton, BC and extended family members.
Bryan had a heart for people and for God. From the way he connected with people, to how he served in the church and community. He volunteered with care and compassion at the MCC in the kitchen as well as pricing donations in the thrift store. He always had an encouraging word, a warm smile, an infectious laugh and a gentle touch. His understanding nature has touched us all and his impact on this earth has made a difference in eternity. The Memorial Service to celebrate Bryan’s life will be held on Saturday March 26th at 1pm at Abbotsford Pentecostal Assembly, 3145 Gladwin Rd.
Donations in memory of Bryan may be made to: www.bcteenchallenge.com