June 1982 - December 2022

On December 14, 2022 Brian's life ended decades too soon.  An adored (and adoring) husband, father, son, brother, uncle and friend - his quiet humor, intelligence, loyalty and kindness of spirit were unmatched. 

Brian married his wife, Emily, in 2016. Their infant daughter, Edith, was his proudest accomplishment and greatest challenge - a challenge he accepted with open arms and endless gratitude. He is also survived by his parents, Tim and Deborah (Donaldson) Rich; siblings David (Becky) Rich and Amy (Ben) Vosmek; nieces and nephews Victoria, Delia, Reese, Corban, James, Penelope and Olivia; grandmother Blanche (Ronald) Reeder; uncle Steven Donaldson and aunt Connie Huss. He is preceded in death by sister Sarah, grandfather Ernest Donaldson and grandparents Alvin and Marguerite Rich.

A lifelong hockey player, Brian's diehard fandom of the Chicago Blackhawks was well documented, as was his passion for the Bears, Cubs and Bulls. As an avid foodie, Brian was on a quest to find the city's best restaurants, best hamburger and best craft beer. 

He graduated from Northern Illinois University and pursued a career in TV videography and photographic journalism. Brian's creativity and talent served him well as a visual journalist for the Sun-Times Media Group, and as a photographer/editor for ABC 7 Chicago's Windy City Live, WGN-TV's Chicago's Best, WGN-TV's Living Healthy and WTVO News in Rockford.

Services and Celebration

Please join is for a celebration of Brian's life!

Saturday, June 17th | 1pm-4pm 

Zia’s Social

6158 N Northwest Hwy, Chicago, IL 60631

Open House | Drinks and Appetizers Served

Valet Parking Provided


Please read Brian's obituary in the Sun-Times here.

Please share your memories of Brian here.

Consider Donating

Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation

Brian was proud to have produced fundraising and informational videos for the Children's Neuroblastoma Cancer Foundation. Please consider donating to the CNCF General Fund in Brian's name.