On August 7th, over four hundred of Brad’s family and closest friends attended his Celebration of Life service which was held at the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.
I know that weekend was a popular one for vacations, and many who of you who wanted to be there were out of town.
So I am excited to announce that the staff at the Gardens made a high quality audiotape of Brad’s service. Mary Dailey Brown, CEO of SowHope and a long-time family friend, hosted the event. The service also included the music of Cameron Blake performing two sets of music. Brad requested the Beatle’s song, And I Love Her, which was sung during the first set and my request of Snow Patrol’s, Chasing Cars, was performed in the second set.
You also will hear ten individuals, who were either family members, close friends, or colleagues share personal stories. I was the final speaker of the group.
If you would like to listen, here is an audio recording of the service-
And here is a video of Brad which spans his life-
**_Thank you_** for the many requests to hear Brad’s service. I hope this audio and video clips help you to feel a part of our celebration of his well-lived life. I am a better person for having known him.
**One final thought:**
I hope God let Brad watch his own service (Tom Sawyer style!). When Brad and I planned this event, he was miffed with me for reserving such a large venue. He kept saying that, since no one would come, it was a waste of space and money. He sincerely was blind about his impact on others. He couldn’t see the effect his genuine interest in others and his extreme loyalty to them had on those relationships. Unfortunately, that meant that he didn’t know how many people loved him; so, I hope he was there in spirit.