On Jan. 9, friends, family and colleagues mourned the loss of 40-year-old Queen’s alumni Shawn Brimley — a senior Pentagon and White House official.
According to an obituary in The Washington Post, Brimley passed away in a hospital in Bethesda, Maryland due to complications from colon cancer.
Brimley was born in Mississauga in 1977, going on to study Poltical Studies and History at Queen’s, where he graduated in 2001. In 1998-99, Brimley worked at The Queen’s Journal as an Assistant News Editor.
The two co-Editors-in-Chief who hired Brimley, Keith Gerein and Tara Mansbridge, shared fond memories of Brimley in an email to The Journal.
“What comes to mind most easily when I think about Shawn was his sense of humour — slightly goofy, cheerful and self-deprecating all at the same time,” Gerein wrote. “That sense of humour was on full display when he came in for his first interview to join The Queen’s Journalstaff.”
Read the full tribute at the Queen’s Journal.