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Brian M. Knysh

Pittsfield, Massachusetts

May 12, 1968 - August 3, 2022

Brian M. Knysh Obituary

Brian M. Knysh, 54, of Pittsfield, MA, died August 3, 2022 at Berkshire Medical Center after a long illness.  He was the son of Peter P. Knysh of Pittsfield and Meribah V. Haughey (nee Mitchell) of Bradenton, FL and Dalton, MA.

Brian was born in Pittsfield on Mothers’ Day in 1968.  He grew up near Pontoosuc Lake where he first developed his fishing skills.  He attended Highland Elementary School, took guitar lessons, joined the Boy Scouts, played Little League baseball and, with many of his classmates, participated in after-school skiing lessons at Bousquet.  He became an accomplished skier.

Both fun and funny, Brian insisted on getting his hair permed in the fourth grade.  And he loved his blonde Afro.

After a year at Reid Middle School, in 1982, Brian moved to Royal Palm Beach, FL with his two brothers, his mother, and step-father Mark Haughey.  Brian made the baseball team at Crestwood Middle School and loved having the ocean nearby.  His many friends appreciated his sense of fun, innate kindness, and helping hand when needed.

He graduated from the former Twin Lakes High School in West Palm Beach in 1987.  He also became certified in air conditioning and refrigeration at North Technical School in Riviera Beach.  He worked in these fields for many years before moving into general maintenance.  During those years he became an avid deep-sea fisherman. 

Brian returned to Pittsfield for health reasons. What a pleasure it was to get all the Red Sox and Patriots games on T.V.  He worked at Berkshire Place for several years.  Brian’s last trip was to Utah for the Mitchell Family Reunion in June of this year.

Brian leaves his parents, his older brother Peter W. Knysh (Marleen), a younger brother, Jason P. Knysh and his girl-friend Shaunna, and a niece Marley E. Chase (Jimmy) of Stoneham, MA.  He was predeceased by his step-father Mark Haughey in 2008 and his step-mother Peg Romer in 2015.

On his father’s side he leaves his uncle Nicholas Knysh of Oklahoma, and his Aunt Christine Fitzgerald (Don) of Virginia and four Knysh cousins.

On his mother’s side he leave four uncles: Peter K. Mitchell (Jane) in F.L., Joel S. Mitchell (Susan) in N.H., and Mark P. Mitchell (Amy) and Caleb H. Mitchell of Pittsfield.

His aunts are Vicary P. Whitaker of T.X., Edwa L. Meek (and Tom Foster) of S.C. and Tamil Grandshaw (David) of Pittsfield.  There are 25 cousins, many of whom he saw in June.

A celebration of Brian’s life will be held later this month.

If you wish to make a donation in Brian's memory, consider the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - WHOI 70 Mount Hope Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Brian M. Knysh hosted by Devanny-Condron Funeral Home.

Brian M. Knysh, 54, of Pittsfield, MA, died August 3, 2022 at Berkshire Medical Center after a long illness.  He was the son of Peter P. Knysh of Pittsfield and Meribah V. Haughey (nee Mitchell) of Bradenton, FL and Dalton, MA.

Brian was born in Pittsfield on Mothers’ Day in 1968.  He grew up near Pontoosuc Lake where he first developed his fishing skills.  He attended Highland Elementary School, took guitar lessons, joined the Boy Scouts, played Little League baseball and, with many of his classmates, participated in after-school skiing lessons at Bousquet.  He became an accomplished skier.

Both fun and funny, Brian insisted on getting his hair permed in the fourth grade.  And he loved his blonde Afro.

After a year at Reid Middle School, in 1982, Brian moved to Royal Palm Beach, FL with his two brothers, his mother, and step-father Mark Haughey.  Brian made the baseball team at Crestwood Middle School and loved having the ocean nearby.  His many friends appreciated his sense of fun, innate kindness, and helping hand when needed.

He graduated from the former Twin Lakes High School in West Palm Beach in 1987.  He also became certified in air conditioning and refrigeration at North Technical School in Riviera Beach.  He worked in these fields for many years before moving into general maintenance.  During those years he became an avid deep-sea fisherman. 

Brian returned to Pittsfield for health reasons. What a pleasure it was to get all the Red Sox and Patriots games on T.V.  He worked at Berkshire Place for several years.  Brian’s last trip was to Utah for the Mitchell Family Reunion in June of this year.

Brian leaves his parents, his older brother Peter W. Knysh (Marleen), a younger brother, Jason P. Knysh and his girl-friend Shaunna, and a niece Marley E. Chase (Jimmy) of Stoneham, MA.  He was predeceased by his step-father Mark Haughey in 2008 and his step-mother Peg Romer in 2015.

On his father’s side he leaves his uncle Nicholas Knysh of Oklahoma, and his Aunt Christine Fitzgerald (Don) of Virginia and four Knysh cousins.

On his mother’s side he leave four uncles: Peter K. Mitchell (Jane) in F.L., Joel S. Mitchell (Susan) in N.H., and Mark P. Mitchell (Amy) and Caleb H. Mitchell of Pittsfield.

His aunts are Vicary P. Whitaker of T.X., Edwa L. Meek (and Tom Foster) of S.C. and Tamil Grandshaw (David) of Pittsfield.  There are 25 cousins, many of whom he saw in June.

A celebration of Brian’s life will be held later this month.

If you wish to make a donation in Brian's memory, consider the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution - WHOI 70 Mount Hope Ave. Lewiston, ME 04240

To share a memory or send a condolence gift, please visit the Official Obituary of Brian M. Knysh hosted by Devanny-Condron Funeral Home.

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