Bradley Allan Rea was born on March 17, 1963. He passed away on September 27, 2021 after a long battle with kidney cancer.
Brad is survived by his wife of 32 years, Michelle, his son Braden and his daughter Courtney (Dylan Petterson). He is also survived by his many sisters and brothers: Jean Parker (Bob), Pat Auckland (Ken), Ed Rea, Dennis Rea (Alida), Ian Rea (Leila), Rita Fineday and Joana Vassell. Brad is also survived by his many nephews and nieces who were more like cousins to him as they were the same age. He had many close, life-long friends who have been a great source of comfort in these last few months.
Brad was predeceased by his parents, Graham and Agnes Rea, his niece Dawn Rea, sister-in-law Sheila Rea and nephew Wes Goring.
Besides his family, Brad’s greatest loves were farming and hockey. He farmed the family farm that his grandfather homesteaded. The original family home built in 1919 was Brad’s only home and his favourite place to be. Brad loved playing hockey, watching hockey as well as watching and coaching Braden and Courtney in their hockey journeys. He liked to tell the story of when he was in grade 4 and the 1972 Canada-Russia Summit Series was on…the whole Landis School got to watch the final game except his class. His teacher said it was just a hockey game that no-one would remember in the years to come. He was still mad about that many years later.
Brad’s greatest pride and joy were his children. When he found out he was going to be a Dad he was beyond excited! He was the more level-headed parent but Courtney can tell stories of Brad’s “frustrations” while working in the quonset on the equipment at harvest.
A small private service will be held on Friday, October 1, 2021 at the Landis Community Complex.
Brad’s ashes will be spread at the farm at a later date.
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