It is with heavy hearts we announce the passing of Bradley John Colvin born in Calgary on June 26th, 1937 and passed away in Calgary on September 30, 2020. He will be lovingly remembered by all who knew him as larger than life, one of a kind, positive, generous, with a big heart, a hero, and a character who loved to laugh.
Grandad will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Kelli; daughter-in-law, Lyn; grandsons, Denver (Jannalee), Spencer (Maryse), Brett, Trevor, Sean, and Matt. His greatest source of joy was being a great-granddaddy and left behind Rowan, Esme, Lark, and Brooklynn. He was very proud of all his family’s accomplishments.
Also missing him are his stepchildren whom he raised as his own, Laura, Kay, Luis, Steffany, Darren, and Michael. His very special friends Bob, Jimmy, Clay, Bob, Donny and Terry all said their lives were better because of Bradley and that he had a full, blessed life because he cared! Bradley is predeceased by his parents Elva and John, his sister Joanne, son Camron and daughter Vanda.
His lifelong journey as an entrepreneur began at age 10 when he started working in the family’s meat market. His charisma and big ideas mentality led him into a number of prominent business roles including partner at Richfield Real Estate and Trojan Development. Bradley was also passionate about using his entrepreneurial gifts to give back to the community. He was a past member of the Development Appeal Board of the City of Calgary and, most notably, was a charter member of Stampede City Kinsmen where he spearheaded the indoor Skate-a-thon that resulted in funding for public ice rinks to be built across Canada.
Beyond his business and community ventures, Bradley enjoyed life to the fullest and would be considered a sports fanatic by anyone who knew him. 9 Super Bowls, 8 Olympics, a Kentucky Derby, a World Cup, a couple NCAA Final Fours and countless trips to his kids and grandkids sporting events.
He was a world traveller but always made it home for the holidays. Bradley was a fixture when it came to singing and organizing groups to sing Christmas carols. We will especially miss his “Happy Birthday” singing on our birthdays. He had a big voice and a big heart. We will miss him dearly.
To honour Bradley’s wishes no formal service will be held.