Brij Berry, a long-time Prince George math teacher and subject of the award-winning documentary Mr. Berry has died.
6ix Sigma Productions, who produced the film which tells the story of Mr. Berry’s life and love of teaching, announced his passing on their social media channels.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news that Brij Berry, better known as Mr. Berry has passed away. We can't express enough the impact that Mr. Berry has had on our team over the last few years,” says 6ix Sigma.
“Although we are saddened by the news, we also feel fortunate to know that we had the chance to share his story with the world. Mr. Berry's patience and enthusiasm during the process was incredible and staying true to his nature, he had no interest in making the film for himself, instead, he knew that it was a great opportunity for our team and wanted to make himself available to see us succeed.”
The film offers insight into Mr. Berry’s approach to life and his singular dedication to teaching while exploring his impact on the community. It also features interviews from a number of people who were taught by Mr. Berry or who have known someone he’s taught.
Mr. Berry attended the film premier at the Prince George playhouse in 2019 in the company of the producers, many former students and community supporters.
In a previous interview, producer Jason Hamborg said Mr. Berry was honoured to be part of the documentary but didn’t ever think of himself as remarkable.
"That’s another thing that’s great about Mr. Berry, he doesn’t think of himself at all of any sort of impactful person. His motives, in his mind, are almost selfish because he just gets so much enjoyment out of teaching, that’s why he wants to do it."
The film went on to win two awards for ‘Best of Fest’ and ‘documentary history and biography’ in the 2020 Yorkton Film Festival.
“We will forever be grateful to Mr. Berry for allowing us into his life,” stated 6ix Sigma.