Bradley Owen Brown, 48 of St. Charles, Missouri passed away on April 18, 2010. Brad was born in Chicago, Illinois on April 12, 1962, the son of Douglas and JoAnn Brown.
Brad was a graduate of the University of Illinois and received a Bachelor’s degree in Communications. Brad had worked for several law firms as a Paralegal and Lexis Nexis as a Catastrophic Aid Consultant. One of Brad’s proudest moments professionally was when he was awarded the first annual Shelly B. Miller award in 2006 for outstanding performance.
Though Brad’s career was successful, he was more defined by his generosity with his friends and family and his extraordinary efforts to help charities. Brad was actively involved in the Susan G. Komen For The Cure Foundation for breast cancer, Board of Directors for the Alzheimer Foundation, Project Open and, coordinated castastrophic aid to Lexis.com clients who were affected by Hurrican Katrina, Wilma and Rita.
To often when someone passes away, you find them described in ways that often seem, as a simple list of accomplishments. While those accomplishments are of merit, they never seem to capture the essence of the person who everyone knew.
Brad was a truly unique individual; one of a kind. He touched countless lives with his giving nature and amazing sense of humor. He not only could make people laugh, but also show them endless compassion and understanding. To say the least, he loved life as he loved his friends and family.
He enjoyed having elaborate parties that everyone would talk about for days. He also loved to sing and dance. Brad always remembered fondly his time in the Seven and the Senators singing group back from Springfield High School.
He loved the beach and the ocean and talked fondly of the time when he lived in Florida, recalling sitting on his deck and just listening to the sounds of the sea. He so loved the sea; in particular, dolphins. One of Brad’s greatest moments in life was when he fulfilled his lifelong dream and swam with the dolphins.
He was a person who truly loved his friends and family like he loved life; to the fullest. As so many friends and family of Brad’s would say, you knew when you were with him you would always laugh.
Brad grew up as a child in Springfield Illinois, the home of Abraham Lincoln and we are reminded of Lincoln’s Words
And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that counts, It’s the life in your years.
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