REGAN, Briant Patrick, 64, of Portland, OR, died January 17, 2022, at home surrounded by loved ones. In early 2021, he bravely faced his ALS diagnosis. Born September 9, 1957, at Camp Lejeune (Jacksonville), North Carolina, Briant was the youngest of five children of the late Lt. Col. Daniel Regan (USMC) and the late Mr. Felice (Deveau) Regan, both of Dorchester . . Briant was a graduate of Milton High School in Massachusetts, attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute after graduating from Milton, earned his BA in engineering, and earned his MBA from the University of Southern California. Briant’s long sales career in the semiconductor industry took him from Stoneham, Massachusetts to San Jose, California, where he met his beloved wife, Mary Cooksey Regan. After further work stints in Manhattan Beach, California, and Houston, Texas, they returned to San Jose, filling their days with spirit, purpose, music, and time enjoying the California wilderness with their dogs. Before moving to Portland, Oregon in 2019, Briant and Mary spent much of the year fulfilling the dream of traveling through Europe. Briant focused his life and unlimited intelligence on his passions. He loved the outdoors, hiking, mountain biking and exploring caves across the country with his siblings. His zeal for architecture made him a knowledgeable travel companion. He loved graphic novels and movies, and enjoyed sharing his favorites. He had a lifelong passion for all things technology and his strong recommendations and aptitude were relied upon. He was passionate about music and experienced it to the fullest, whether from his extensive vinyl collection on the best audio equipment at home or at live events. He followed the Grateful Dead around the country, including proudly attending their fiftieth anniversary concert in Santa Clara. He was deeply passionate about his Catholic faith and his love of family. Briant is survived by his full match, Mary Cooksey Regan, his siblings, Kevin Regan and his wife Patricia of Lisbon Falls, ME, Felice Regan of Somerville, MA, Dennis Regan and his wife Diane of South Portland, ME, and Therese Regan Benzinger and her husband, William of Gordonsville, VA. Many nephews and nieces are left to cherish his memory. He was an uncle everyone would have liked to have had. And we can’t forget his faithful canine companion, Maple, who gave endless comfort freely. Farewell. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you please consider a donation in Briant’s name to Providence Hospice of Portland, or the ALS Oregon and SW Washington chapter. A funeral mass and other arrangements will take place in early April. More information will be available as spring approaches. For more information or to leave a message of condolence for the Regan family, please visit dolanfuneral.com
Published by Boston Globe from January 22 to January 23, 2022.