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Date of Passing: Feb 26, 2012

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BRADLEY WARREN DRAKE It is with great sorrow that we announce the passing of Bradley Warren Drake on Sunday, February 26, 2012 at the age of 37 years. Brad will be lovingly remembered by his parents, Warren and Doreen, his brother, Wes (Jensen) and their daughter Makena, his grandmother Irene Van Damme, special friend, Gayle, as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, extended family and friends. Brad will be sadly missed and fondly remembered for his love of hockey, football, sport jersey collection, movie compilation and vast book collection. After a great deal of hard work, over the course of one year Brad was able to lose over 150 lbs. and finish the 2011 half marathon in under two hours, an accomplishment that is still greatly admired by friends and family. Cremation has taken place and a memorial mass celebrating Brad's life will be held on Thursday, March 1, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. in Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 4588 Roblin Blvd. with Monsignor Maurice Comeault officiating. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in Brad's memory to the Canadian Mental Health Association, Manitoba Division, 4 Fort Street, Suite 100, Winnipeg, Manitoba R3C 1C4. The Coutu family in care of arrangements: E.J. COUTU CO. FUNERAL DIRECTORS 680 Archibald Street 253-5086

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Feb 29, 2012

Condolences & Memories (19 entries)

  • Warren and Doreen Sorry for Your great loss. May memory always keep You and your famly You are in our prayers - Posted by: Russell Glen McRae (Famlily Frend) on: Apr 27, 2012

  • Warren, Doreen and family - our thoughts and prayers are with you at this very difficult time. - Posted by: George and Val Willis (relative) on: Mar 08, 2012

  • May your happy memories be a celebration of Brad’s life. Please find comfort in holding onto the good memories, may the Angels watch over Brad. We remember how Brad would come over and hang out with our son Gilles. Our hearts go out to Doreen, Warren and all of Brad’s family. We send our deepest and sincere condolences. Gilles and Sharon Desjardins, ex-neighbours - Posted by: Gilles and Sharon Desjardins () on: Mar 04, 2012

  • I met Brad when he began working at TransX a while back. I always teased him about not being able to pick a specific team to support since every time I saw him he wore a different team's jersey... he got his payback when I went vegetarian and opened the door to the millions of veggie jokes out there. He was a lot of fun to be around and he will be greatly missed. My heart goes out to his family in this hard time. - Posted by: Jacki L (Friend / Coworker) on: Mar 03, 2012

  • I met Brad at Convergys where we were in the same training class. As others have said, he made the time at work much more enjoyable. We talked hockey, football, comics, movies, tv, and music. Brad got me hooked on comics, shows, and bands that I otherwise never would have heard of or had the opportunity to enjoy. He also got me involved in spongee and the odd floor hockey or football game. Our friendly wagers at Moose games over which Timbits player would be the best will always make me smile. Sincere condolences to all his family and friends. He will be fondly remembered and truly missed. - Posted by: Derrick (Friend) on: Mar 02, 2012

  • Dear Doreen and Warren, We were saddened to hear about Brad. I remember having taught him in my Grade 1 Cathechism Class at OLPH. Cherish the memories and may God grant you peace. - Posted by: Al and Karen Kaiser (Friend) on: Mar 01, 2012

  • So sad, Brad was one of the funniest and joyful people I've met. He will be missed by many. - Posted by: Kate (Friend Teammate) on: Mar 01, 2012

  • I met Brad at Convergys 8 years ago. He was an all around great guy, with a demeanor that put everyone at ease and one of the best senses of humor ever. It is hard to believe he is gone but someone so genuine will never be forgotten. - Posted by: David R (Friend) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • I watched Brad grow up from new born until I moved. He was an avid hunter, sportsman, he made a lot of memories, jokes. You will be sadly missed. R.I.P Aunt Debbie Miller - Posted by: Debbie Miller (Auntie) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest sympathy to all of your family. - Posted by: Tom & Faye Orr (Friends) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • Doreen and Warren, remembering you in our thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Ole & Lizet Vik, Pinawa () on: Feb 29, 2012

  • Brad was one of the nicest guys I ever met and one of the funniest. You will be truly missed. My sympathy to all your family and friends. - Posted by: Dallas ((Spongee)) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • I am deeply saddened to learn of Brad's passing, and I will miss him very much. I have many wonderful memories of our times together. - Posted by: Ken Galenzoski (Friend) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • Brad, I will miss you deeply. I will always cherish our times together, Love Gayle. - Posted by: Gayle Stilkowski (special friend) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • I'm saddened to know that time and distance kept us apart. May you be at peace now. - Posted by: Kelly Bell (Cousin) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • I met Brad several years ago at a job we both disliked. He made the time at work fun with his stories, jokes and hockey jerseys he wore everyday. He was the nicest guy and the best teammate I've ever played with. RIP my friend. - Posted by: Andrew (Friend) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • We will be remembering you, Doreen and Warren, in thoughts and prayers. - Posted by: Haraldine and Bob Webb (Friends) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • We are very sorry to hear about Brad's death. You will all miss him so much. Our sympathy to all of you and your family at this sad time. - Posted by: Rudy and Diane Dyck (relative) on: Feb 29, 2012

  • I was very inspired by the amount of weight Brad had lost, and after talking to him about it, what he had done, it has inspired me to lose weight as well. He was a good friend, and will be deeply missed. - Posted by: Travis (Spongee) on: Feb 29, 2012

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