Hearts are heavy at the Country Rose pub in Colwood where staff and customers are missing the laughter and corny jokes of a man in a coma fighting for his life.
Rick Green, a fixture at the pub for more than 20 years, was critically injured Monday night when he intervened in an argument between a man and a woman outside the pub.
Green remains in a medically induced coma at Victoria General
Hospital while doctors wait for the swelling in his brain to go down.
Gregory Brotherston, 31, the youngest son of former Highlands councillors Kenneth Brotherston Sr. and Marie Brotherston, was arrested Tuesday and charged with aggravated assault.
Brotherston remains in custody and is expected to have a bail hearing Monday morning at the Western Communities Court House.
Country Rose owner Judy Michaud said Green, 57, is quite the character.
"He's just a great guy. When my husband was still alive, they used to trade off jokes. He's always happy-go-lucky," she said as her eyes filled with tears. "He is just a really good guy."
Chef Denis Desjardins, who was with Green during the altercation Monday night, said Green is like a second dad to him.
Green was born and raised in Toronto, served for 25 years in the military and moved to Victoria in 1991.
The divorced father has a 22-year-old son and has worked for B.C. Vital Statistics for the past 12 years, he said.
"Rick's like everybody's dad, everybody's best friend. We have our fingers crossed," said Desjardins, putting his hand to his heart.
Green, who lives a few blocks from the Country Rose, has two responsibilities at the pub, said bartender Debra Evans.
"He is the guy who would stay with me and walk me, or the other bartenders, safely to our cars," Evans said.
His other job is telling jokes. "He likes to think he's - and sometimes he is - pretty funny. Some of them are corny."
Green is also a huge Green Bay Packers fan and always wore his team baseball hat and jacket, said Evans.
On a recent trip to see them play in Seattle, Green was over-heard telling a couple of jokes in the bar.
"And there was a fellow there from Yuk Yuks in Calgary and he said to Rick, 'Hey, if you're ever in Calgary, come see me. I'll put you on stage.' Rick was beaming," Evans recalled.
Green wouldn't hurt a fly, she said. He doesn't have a mean bone in his body.
"He's always there to help you do anything, which is why he probably got into a situation he maybe shouldn't have. But he would do it again, I'm sure, because he thought the woman was in trouble," Evans said. "This was not the first time he's helped people out."
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