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GARTH BRADLEY

Date of Passing: Jan 26, 2019

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GARTH BRADLEY 1945 - 2019 Following a challenging illness, Garth passed away January 26. He is survived by Judy, his loving wife of 47 years, his sister Linda, brothers-in-law, Gordon (Eileen) and Norman (Pat), and sisters-in-law, Joan (Chris) and Arlene. Garth and his sister Linda were raised in Winnipeg, growing up in the West End. Throughout his childhood and adult life, he was a constant support, advocate and loving caregiver for Linda, who will sorely miss the constant presence of her brother in her life. Garth completed his public school education at Daniel McIntyre Collegiate and graduated from the University of Winnipeg with an Honours B.A. before going on to complete a degree in Education. His years as a teacher were largely spent at Charleswood High School, and Shaftsbury High School. Idleness did not suit Garth, so he returned to work as a Security Guard after retiring from teaching! Garth was an athlete who was particularly involved in water sports. He was a lifeguard, an avid scuba diver, water skier and assisted with high school water polo. Judy was his partner in diving and together they had wonderful dive holidays in the Caribbean. Judy and Garth loved to travel and enjoyed many parts of the world. Their holidays always took them to Camp Waterfall and there they spent many happy hours boating and water skiing. Garth was a long-term, dedicated member of St. Augustine Church. He served on its board of directors and willingly took on many tasks as these arose. Garth will be missed by the many whose lives he touched including his longtime friends, Ron Lambert (Judy) and Ross Newton (Debbie). The support they have offered Garth and Judy throughout this difficult time has been greatly appreciated. Thank you to the staff on T7 at Deer Lodge Centre for your compassionate care. A Celebration of Life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Winnserv INC. (101-960 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3G 0R4) or to Deer Lodge Centre (2109 Portage Ave., Winnipeg, MB R3J 0L3). NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Feb 2, 2019

GARTH BRADLEY 1945 - 2019 Following a challenging illness Garth passed away on January 26, 2019. A Celebration of Life will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, February 8, 2019 at Neil Bardal Funeral Centre, 3030 Notre Dame Avenue (across from Brookside Cemetery). A longer obituary notice to follow in Saturday's Free Press. NEIL BARDAL FUNERAL CENTRE 204-949-2200 neilbardalinc.com
Publish Date: Jan 30, 2019

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 30, 2019, Feb 02, 2019

Condolences & Memories (24 entries)

  • So sorry to hear about Garth passing he was a really nice man. The picture I've Garth here is exactly how I remember him at MTS in the security at 191. Always smiling and greeted you in the morning very conscientious. Love to talk about his diving. Was a very interesting person. Condolences to his family and his friends. Always nice to come into work and be greeted by a smile. Rest in peace - Posted by: Sandi S (Acquaintance MTS) on: Feb 16, 2019

  • Although I didn't spend a great deal of time with Garth, the time I did spend with him was always very enjoyable. Like Garth I am a diver and the time we spent together was always in the context of diving. Garth was not only a very competent diver but I remember him as always being so good natured. He always had a big smile on his face and took great delight in the underwater world. My most prized memory of our shared experiences was the time Garth and Judy met up with me in Barbados. It was a real joy to see them there and take them diving. We ran into a school of crevalle jacks and we got to twirling in front of the school and the jacks formed a tornado around us for what seemed some minutes. It was a magical moment I will always treasure. My most heartfelt condolences to Judy and family and Garth's many friends. - Posted by: Michael Einspenner (Friend) on: Feb 12, 2019

  • Judy, I was very saddened to hear about Garth's death. I have known Garth since shortly after you two got together, those many years ago. I always found him to be a really good guy, fun to be around, with a zest for, and interest in the good things in life, among them diving and the Bombers! I know that you will miss him greatly. My sincere condolences to you. Terry - Posted by: Terry Sargeant (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2019

  • Dearest Judy, I am so very saddened to hear about Garth's passing. He was a true gentleman who was very kind to me always and supportive of the work of our foundation. The dark days ahead will be lit by the beautiful memories of your many many happy times past. I will hold you close in thought and prayer. - Posted by: Karen Wiebe (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2019

  • When I heard yesterday that Garth had passed, I thought back on the almost 40 years that I've known him as a friend and I can't recall a single time where I saw Garth in anything but a happy and upbeat mood. He set an example we should all try to follow. To Judy and the rest of Garth's family, my deepest sympathy for your loss. There will always be a hole in the world where Garth used to be. I hope that your memories of him help to make the loss a bit easier to bear. - Posted by: Jim Smith (Friend) on: Feb 08, 2019

  • Dear Judy, On behalf of the Board of Directors, members of the Scandinavian Cultural Centre, we express our sincere condolence to you. - Posted by: Joanne Gehman (Friend/President of the SCC) on: Feb 07, 2019

  • Thank you to former students who rounded out a parts of Garth's talents and gifts we didn't know. At Augustine United Church Garth was our valued friend, and at times a fellow Council member. The Garth we know and miss was - humble - gentle - quiet - positive - inclusive and a friend to all - a reliable, capable and and active volunteer - a valued leader and team player - an avid SCUBA diver whose related travel advice and stories we appreciated and - a genuinely good and nice person right to the core. As you move through that lonely 'valley of the shadow' Judy, we pray you will recognize and be comforted by signs of Garth's on-going presence in your life. May Peace be with you both. - Posted by: Noreen & Glenn Duncan (Friends ... Augustine United Church) on: Feb 05, 2019

  • Goodbye Mr. Bradley Receiving this news made me sad; and made me angry at my own procrastination. Sad, because of course, exiting when only in only one’s mid-seventies somehow seems so unfair. Angry, because for the last half year I have been planning to make contact with some of my grade and high school teachers, in order to tell them how influential they had been on my life, both professional and personal; and how grateful I am for their respective influences. I had even started the process of attempting to find out how to go about asking the Winnipeg School Board to make the initial contact. But then, of course, life interceded and I put off following up on that idea. And this makes me doubly sad, as it is Garth Bradley, whom, more than any of my other teachers, whom I most wanted to thank. By an odd coincidence, within hours of receiving this news, the wonderful old movie Goodbye Mr. Chips was on the television where I live. Nothing sums up better the debt that students owe to teachers than that film. Whereas we are shaped by our parents in our early years, in our later teens, it is often a teacher, if one is so fortunate, who does the polishing to push us on our way out into the possibilities that lie in wait ahead. Three things I would like to share about Garth Bradley, and explain as to why he will live long and reign prominently in my memory. 1) Love of literature. As someone whom has had a successful career as an academic (publishing hundreds of papers and twenty books, and being a professor at Harvard for more than a decade) my life is shaped by books of all sorts. Back in the day at Charleswood Collegiate, an English course meant unapologetic exposure to reading classics by dead, white, predominantly English, authors. Mr. Bradley’s ability to introduce and negotiate a handful of his most enthusiastic students into the world of classic literature was remarkable. Through that Grade 12 class, I was introduced to Conrad (Victory), Hardy (Tess), Dostoevsky (Crime & Punishment), Camus (The Plague), Hesse (Steppenwolf), Leacock (Sunshine Sketches), and of course, Hamlet. How can not a life be so enriched when a sensitive teacher guides one through works such as those? For years after leaving the Collegiate, my contemporary John Bailie and I would both further our explorations of other books by that cadre of notable authors, first introduced to us by Mr. Bradley. Today, if I would take weight measurements of all my personal belongings, I am sure that novels would subsume an amount unequalled by all else, including my car! I owe my life-defining love of literature to those formative days in Mr. Bradley’s Grade 12 English course. 2) Love of esoteric films. Mr. Bradley had an undisguised impish side to his teaching. There was one week when he mysteriously went around his classroom sticking up white paper signs high up in the corners, on the windows, even on the ceiling. On these cryptic pieces of paper was simply a single word, writ large: “IF”, sometimes followed by a question mark, other times by three dots. What the heck did it mean? He would smile and not tell us, other than to be patient as all would become revealed the following week. Well when the time came, he preceded the great reveal by inviting several students, such as John Baillie and I, to hang around in the evening. And there, he had a trial run showing Lindsay Anderson’s wonderful film IF.., which is an allegory about political revolt at a private boarding school in the UK (this was really pushing the envelope, given that the film celebrates violent uprising and contains if not a rape, at least, a molestation scene; I certainly can’t imagine in the present politically correct environment how this could be repeated). Anyway, the film is filled with mysterious elements that sure enough Mr. Bradley relished having discussions about with us in class when he later showed the film therein. One thing I would have loved to discuss with him today is that his theory as to why, whenever the footage goes into the school chapel, it suddenly switches from colour to black and white. Mr. Bradley opined that this was due to Anderson’s critical take on modern religion. But what, he kept asking us, does it really mean: is a religious life devoid of true living colour? etc. etc. It is funny to note that decades later, when viewing the film again, I discovered that the reason why things shifted to black and white in the chapel, was simply due to them running out of colour stock and being forced, due to budget constraints, in using the older b & w film when they filmed all the scenes there at the same time, which would later be edited into a handful of different places in the final film. If he ever learned of this later in life, I’m sure, knowing his sense of the absurd that was often on display in the classroom, that Mr. Bradley would have found the forced intellectualism of our erroneous discussions about the role of religion to be hilarious in retrospect. 3) Love of water and conversation. As an avid scuba diver (which would be instrumental to my choice of career) I found that my path would cross with Mr. Bradley outside of the classroom. This was nowhere more so than during the weekly gathering of individuals to play ‘underwater football’ at the Lipsett Hall swimming pool. Every week, myself and fellow student and scuba diver, Barron Carswell, would tangle with Garth (at such times, we were on a first-name basis) as we each tried to drown the others in our struggle for that silly solid brick of rubber. However, it is the sitting down in the bar after coming out of the dressing room that remains most memorable. Here, Barron and I would have a few beer while we interacted with Garth, reliving events just transpired in the pool, as well as chatting about other, more speculative things. This is memorable as it was one of the very first times that I was treated as an equal adult, and not as the annoying teenager I’m sure I was. That, and the fact that Garth well-knew that neither Barron nor myself were 18 years old, gave us a feeling of responsibility and self-worth. What was always interesting was the return the following morning back to the Collegiate where ‘Garth’ went back to being ‘Mr. Bradley’ once more, and the hierarchy was reinstated...unless of course, we decided to take the message of IF to heart, and started a revolution… - Posted by: Robert France (Student) on: Feb 04, 2019

  • Mr. Bradley was my high school English teacher. He was young, progressive, and inspirational. He encouraged me to write and convinced me that anything was possible. Now, all these years later, i am finally embracing my inner author and am publishing the first book in a series. I will never forget Mr. Bradley and the inspiration he offered. I am sure I am not the only one if his students to remember his guidance and enthusiasm. Gone, but never forgotten . . . - Posted by: Linda Horn (Student at Charleswood High School) on: Feb 03, 2019

  • Mr. Bradley was an amazing teacher who had such high energy. He made our courses enjoyable to be in and always took a genuine interest in us. Teachers do make a difference. Sincere condolences to the family and friends. - Posted by: Susan Jenkyns (Former Student CCI) on: Feb 03, 2019

  • Judy, We were very saddened to hear of Garth’s passing. We are out of the country right now but wanted to pass on our condolences and sympathy. Take comfort in the memories of your many happy years together. Thinking of you, Kathy and Saul Leibl - Posted by: Kathy and Saul Leibl (Friend) on: Feb 03, 2019

  • This isn't easy, but I want you to know what kind of man Garth Bradley was. We had significant disagreements when I was his English student. And he felt for his students to the degree that he came to see me when I was 25. Mr. Bradley visited the night club where I was singing, wanting to congratulate me on following my dream, and wishing to make peace. He did it perfectly, in a way that didn't make me feel uncomfortable and truly tied up a loose end from some difficult years in high school. He waited until he could speak to me in a private corner, yet in a public place where I was now a confident authority. That speaks to his strong and caring spirit. I wish I had known him better. Thank you for publishing details about his amazing life. - Posted by: Reisa Stone (Student) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • Dear Judy When Heather Told me that our camp Waterfall friend, passed away I was so shocked! I am sending love and prayers! We will miss his friendliness, his expertise on the lake and his cinnamon bread! Take care, Josie - Posted by: Josie Audino (Friend ) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • Judy I am sorry to hear of Garth's passing. Our Family has so many good memories of fun at Camp Waterfall. He got me water skiing which was so much fun. Also got my kids water skiing. He kept up waterskiing long after my body gave out.we are thankful for all the great memories we have! Yvette and I enjoyed all the times we went out in the boat to spot while Garth looked for the perfect water to go for. - Posted by: HeatherTanner (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • Our deepest condolences Judy & Family Garth was a lovely gentleman Our thoughts are with you. - Posted by: Arleen & Allan Kristofferson (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • Sorry to hear this news, thinking of you Judy. David and Judith Turner - Posted by: David and Judith Turner (Colleague) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • Dear Judy, Sylvia and I were saddened to hear of Garth's passing. I met Garth through diving and we had dove on a few trips to Isle Royale, and at West Hawk Lake. We spent lots of time planning projects for the Manitoba Underwater Council and had much fun working together. I particularly was amazed at his dedication to underwater football, he was our rock and leader in this sport, and will be greatly missed by all those he touched with his kindness, and leadership skills. Please accept our most heartfelt condolences at this difficult time. Armando Brambilla - Posted by: Armando Brambilla (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • I had the privilege of meeting Garth when we were both doing a bit of work at Charleswood Collegiate. A few years later, we ended up as neighbours in Waverley Heights. He and Judy contributed a great deal to the education and working conditions of others and their influence will last for a very long time. R.I.P. - Posted by: Bill Stevens (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • I attended Charleswood Collegiate in the mid-70's, and Garth Bradley was an outstanding teacher. He was respected and admired by all the students that he influenced so positively in the world of education. I would even go as far as to say that he changed my outlook on so many things, with his excellent example. Thank you, Mr. Bradley. You will not be forgotten. - Posted by: Karen Isleifson (Former Student of Mr. Bradley's) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • Dear Judy, My heartfelt sympathy on Garth's passing. You are in my thoughts and meditations. - Posted by: Tom (Friend) on: Feb 02, 2019

  • I knew Garth several years ago through MTS where he obtained a posting as security guard at 191 Pioneer. I recall his cheerful and caring demeanor; he was so very kind. A good man has been lost. To Garth's family and close friends, may peace and comfort find you at this difficult time. - Posted by: Shelley Ryland (Previous acquaintance through MTS) on: Feb 01, 2019

  • Not only was Garth by best friend, he was also like a father figure to me. I wouldn't be at this point of my life now if it wasn't for Garth and his wife Judy. I will miss you Garth. Buddy. - Posted by: Kelly Wilwand (Best friend) on: Feb 01, 2019

  • Dear Judy and family, I was very sorry to hear of the loss of Garth. He always seemed to be someone with a huge appetite for life and experience and was absolutely devoted to you, Judy -- it was plain to see. It was also plain to see your devotion to him, especially as his final illness made him less and less like himself. I can attest: it gets better. - Posted by: Diane Beresford (Friend) on: Feb 01, 2019

  • I was saddened to hear that Garth has passed. My condolences to you Judy and the family - Posted by: Roberta Dalman (Cousins) on: Jan 30, 2019

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