Brian Victor Podolec

March 30, 1966 - October 03, 2023

Visitation: Tuesday, October 10, 2023, 3-7 pm; Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township

Brian Victor Podolec
Age 57, of Cranberry Township, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, October 3, 2023 at his residence. Born March 30, 1966, Brian was the son of Lawrence and Barbara (Pellegrino) Podolec; husband of Eileen Podolec; father of Michael and Lauren Podolec; brother of Greg Podolec, and Tiffani (Wayne) Horman; son in law of Cornelius and Eileen Brogan; brother in law of Cornelius Brogan, Cathleen (Frank) Blair, Mary Brogan, James Brogan (Michelle), and uncle to their respective families.

Brian was a dedicated employee of MSA Safety of Cranberry Township, PA for over 30 years. He was an avid skier and member of the U.S. Freestyle Ski Team. Brian had a passion for the outdoors, enjoying time hunting, boating, fly fishing and playing golf. He loved spending time with family and friends in Lake Placid, NY and Deep Creek, MD. As a skiing, baseball and lacrosse coach, Brian’s local community benefited from his commitment to always lending a hand. His family and friends could always depend on him for anything they needed. He was loved by many and will be sorely missed.

Family and friends are welcome on Tuesday from 3-7 pm at Devlin Funeral Home of Cranberry Township, 2678 Rochester Road. A private family blessing service will be held separately.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made in Brian’s name to Project Healing Waters, a rehabilitative fly-fishing recreation program for disabled military personnel.


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  • Kim Valik

    Dear Larry, Barb & family,
    I am so very sad to hear of Brian’s passing.
    There are no words but please know I’m praying for you 🙏🏻
    Kim Valik

  • Ken Bobetich

    Sincere condolences and prayers for you Eileen and your family on your loss of Brian.
    Was saddened and shocked to hear of his passing. I well remember Brian’s interview and meeting with the members of the MSA New York District in Saratoga 30 years ago. His sense of humor and focus fit right in with the team and confirmed that he would be a perfect fit for MSA, and he proved it during his successful career. Thank you for your support of him during his long career. Condolences to you and you family.

  • Nawar Danou

    Dear Eileen and Family,
    I was deeply saddened to hear about Brian’s passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences during this difficult time.
    Brian and I always shared good laughs and chats whenever I visited MSA in Pittsburgh and when he came up to Toronto. He was always smiling, always!

    While our relationship has primarily been centered around business, I want you to know that I am genuinely sorry for your loss, and my thoughts are with your family.
    May you find the strength to navigate through this challenging period and may the memories of your Brian bring you comfort and solace in the days ahead.

    With heartfelt sympathy,

    Nawar Danou

  • Ken and Bonnie Pennell

    From the Pennell Family. Both Bonnie and I will keep the Podolec family in our prayers and thoughts. May God keep you all in His hands. Everytime that we drive by a Starbucks, we will think of Brian. That was his coffee beverage of choice. When Brian had his sales meetings at MSA Toronto Office, they always had Starbucks coffee. Brian worked hard and he expected that his MSA team do the same. He expected us all to the best we could for MSA and their customers.
    I, Ken, was the former Canadian HR Manager and the former Canadian Payroll. Brian will truly be missed.

  • Kristin Gamon

    Brian was not only a coworker but also a dear friend. I am so sorry to hear of Brian’s passing, and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you during this difficult time. Brian’s spirit will always remain in our memories. May God provide you comfort and strength.

  • Erin Bunting

    Dear Podolec and Brogan families, I cannot begin to imagine the heartache and bewilderment you all are going through. Brian was a good man with a dear heart. He will absolutely be missed by everyone fortunate enough to have known him. You all have my deepest sympathies. I will pray for you to find strength in the days to come.

  • Stuart and Terrie Sackett

    We are so very sorry Eileen, Michael, and Lauren. Brian was always so great with the boys when he coached them and Tommy adored him! We are thinking of you during this very difficult time.

  • Dana Celich

    I am so saddened to hear this news. Brian will be missed by us all at MSA! May God hold you close to His heart as you walk though this difficult time.

  • Scott Papak

    My deepest condolences to the Podolec Family during this time of grief. Knowing Brian for many years at MSA, his passion and drive was truly a blessing to be around. He will be greatly missed.


    From the McBride’s – Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

    Our hearts, prayers and our hands reach to comfort all in this challenging time. Brian left a legacy of friendship and leadership and will be sincerely missed.

  • Donna Aspen

    Heartfelt condolences go out to the family. My thoughts and prayer of comfort during this time of grief

  • Steven Pellegrini

    The MSA Toronto team is sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathies go out to you and your family at this time. Words can’t describe your loss.

  • David Volk

    I’m so sorry to hear about Brian’s passing. I’ve know Brian for over 20 years and I just feel so bad for Eileen and the kids. I will not be able to come the visitation due to a planned business trip but my thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Rob McCauley

    The Team at Weber Supply is shocked and saddened to hear of this tragic news. Brian was a dear friend and partner to Weber Supply and Canada. On behalf of the Weber family and our entire Team we extend our deepest sympathy to Brian’s family.

  • Vensenella Huggins

    Praying during these difficult times for the family condolences and strength

  • Sandra Wilhelm

    My heart aches for the Podolec family. Bryan was a coworker and I considered him a dear friend. Losing someone so dear is a heavy burden to bear. Please know he was a ray of sunshine and his spirit will live on in our memories.

  • Manny Lanthier

    I’ve known Brian for almost 5 years. He had a part in my hiring at MSA and definitely someone I had good conversations with. He will be missed! To the family, I wish you healing, one day at a time. May God keep you and bless you.

    Manny Lanthier

  • Andrew Tobolewski

    I am so very very sorry to hear of Brian’s passing. Wishing you all strength and peace. Godspeed Brian.

  • Bonnie Olendorf

    I am so very sorry and shocked beyond belief to hear of your loss, Brian was the best. Please know all of you are in my prayers and the prayers of the church.

  • Keith Miller

    Dear Lord, wrap our friend Brian in your Holy embrace and comfort us as we mourn his loss.
    A colleague and friend that will be greatly missed.

  • Eric & Rebecca Beck

    Eileen, Michael, Lauren & family: We are shocked and so sorry for your tragic loss. We both worked with Brian at MSA, and enjoyed his love of the outdoors. Brian signified the MSA sprit, and the loss of his humor, hard work, and service to ensure the protection and safety of MSA customers will leave a huge hole with all of us in the MSA family. Our deepest condolences and prayers for you and your family during this most difficult time.

  • Melissa Pindroh

    Eileen and family- we are so very saddened to learn of Brian’s passing. Holding you in warm thought and loving prayer at this difficult time



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