Published ion the May 17, 2019 edition.
Born in Melrose on November 30, 1959. He was a lifelong resident of North Reading. Brian was a graduate of North Reading High School. He was a concrete truck driver for the Wakefield Concrete Company and was a member of the Teamster’s Union.
Brian was a member of the First Baptist Church in Wakefield and a former member of the First Baptist Church in North Reading.
He was a loving and caring, sensitive son, husband, stepfather, grandfather, uncle and friend. He was always willing to help his family and friends with his many talents.
He was a hands-on guy who spent endless hours tinkering with engines, beginning as a young boy at Larkin Lawnmowers. From there his interests grew into a passion for motorcycles and riding; for which his talents were remarkable. He could usually be found outdoors; especially in warm weather when he could enjoy the pool he built with the help of friends and family.
Family members include his loving wife Karen (Sheppard) Sweetland; his daughters, Jennifer Curley and Jessica Donaldson and her husband Jared; his parents, Jack Sweetland and Priscilla (Burleigh) Sweetland; his mother-in-law, Lorraine Sheppard; his brother, Karl Sweetland and his wife Kim; sisters, Kristine Sweetland and the late Lissa Sweetland; grandchildren, R.J., Jordan Emma, Sydney and Jack; his niece, Gabrielle and nephews, Joshua and Tristan; close friends, William (Billy) Mitchell, Robert (Bobby) O’Keefe and Charles (Big Daddy) Kilgore; also many, many friends and adored extended family.
Visitation will be held at the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow Street, North Reading on Sunday, May 19 from 1 to 4 p.m. and Monday, May 20 from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m., a funeral service will start at 11:30 a.m. www.croswellfuneralhome.com