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June 11, 1952 - August 14, 2019

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Brad Alexander Boyes, of Abbotsford, BC, aged 67, passed away on August 14, 2019, in Christine Morrison Hospice, Mission, after a brief battle with cancer.

 Brad is survived by his parents, Tom and Jenny Boyes, sons, Adam (Jennifer) and David (Jen) daughter, Shelley (Steve), six grandchildren: Ellie, Parker, Jaidlynn, Cora, Paige and Spencer, his spouse, Ellen, six brothers and sisters; Penny (Brian), Jim (Joan), Scott (Maryanne), Dan (Pat), Shirley (Dave) and Perry (Del), aunts; Doris, Shirley, uncle Glen (Margaret) and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews. His younger brother, Darrin, predeceased him.

 Brad was born on June 11, 1952 in Vancouver. Most of his younger years were spent growing up in Abbotsford. He attended BCIT where he completed his journeyman certification as an electrician and prided himself on his award for Outstanding Achievement. After many years in construction, he began his own electrical business. Brad was involved in the community in many ways. He managed young hockey teams and travelled with them to Alaska, Europe and Australia. He enjoyed his period serving as a city councilor during the amalgamation of Abbotsford and Matsqui. He loved the outdoors and was outstanding at spotting animals. He liked to entertain large groups and was an expert at cooking for a crowd, including a huge feast for the union and non-union workers at Expo 86. He loved to cook and won many prizes at his family’s annual cook-off. Brad was also very involved with the Annual Elder’s Gatherings and received the honour of receiving his own indigenous name. Brad lived life large and often by his own rules. He was a flawed human who had failings that he regretted until his death. May he now rest in peace and may his family find solace in each other.

The family would like to thank the doctors, nurses and staff at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre for the care he received since his diagnosis six short months ago as well as the staff and volunteers at the Christine Morrison Hospice in Mission who provided such a warm and caring atmosphere.

There will be a private service for family. Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or a favorite charity.

 

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From: Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre

Bakerview Community Crematorium & Celebration Centre Staff send our condolences to family and friends.

From: Ken Funk
Relation: Dear friend

I was shocked to learn of Brad’s passing. To Ellen and Brad’s children I send my heartfelt condolences. May you know how many lives Brad touched in ways you may never know. He was a giant and a great human being. My prayers are with you.

From: Barbara Ross
Relation: Many years

I am so sorry. I have many wonderful memories of the Boyes family.

From: Diane & John Luck
Relation: old neighbour

Our Deepest Sympathy to all the family. Sorry for your loss.

From: Rick Rake
Relation: Colleague

News of Brad’s passing was a surprise. He was much too young to go. Enjoyed working with him on political campaigns and dealing with him on major community fund-raising events over the years. Condolences to his family members. RIP Brad.

From: Lorne and Joyce Zapotichny
Relation: friend

We remember the Brad who was giving , kind , generous and enthusiastic , especially about food. We send our love to Ellen and family.

From: Mauro, Kathryn
Relation: friend

We knew Brad for over forty years. He was smart, talented, and creative. A great story-teller, Brad could entertain a crowd with his tales, both real, and exaggerated! He loved a challenge, and would find a way to solve problems through study and hard work. His cooking skills were awe-inspiring and memorable.
He has left a legacy of a very strong and talented family, and we hope that they will remember his positive influences, and draw on their strength to move forward together.
The Brad we knew was, above all, a loyal man who would do anything in his power to help his friends or anyone in need. His generosity of spirit will certainly be missed by many, but especially by his old friends.
Love to all the family,
Kathy and Bruno Mauro

From: Liz
Relation: Friend of family

I will always remember Brad as a kind person. Our sincerest condolences to Ellen and family.

From: Fred and Barbara Bailey
Relation: Brad and Ellen were our good neighbours for many years.

We were so very sorry to hear the sad news of Brad’s passing. He will be missed by so many. We send our sincere sympathies to Ellen and family. May you find comfort in each other during this difficult time.

From: Sherry McIntyre
Relation: Through family

Thanks to Brad for sharing stories with me. Our lives have many twists and turns and we do our best to stay on track and forward moving. Rest in peace Brad.

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