September 18, 1996 – Calgary, AB
November 14, 2013 – Calgary, AB
Bradley Foat, beloved son of Darrel and Valerie Foat of Calgary, passed away on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the age of 17 years.
First and foremost Bradley was always proud to state he was a redneck, as he loved country music and enjoyed buying clothes that projected that. He loved being in the country and enjoyed the work that went with it, this showed in his vehicle which he begged me to help him buy. It was a ’99 GMC Sonoma 4×4 which he loved even before we went and looked at it. I tried to tell him I could find a better truck for the same money but he insisted this was the truck he wanted and that we could make a project out of it. And a project it was, as we worked on it every weekend until his passing. He talked his mechanics teacher into letting him do the upper control arms at the school, and wouldn’t let the teacher leave until well into the evening.
Bradley also enjoyed his quad, which was given to him by his Uncle as part of his wage for the first year on the farm, if he could get it going. Brad told his Uncle that he and dad could get it going, and we hauled it to the city and tested it for two months until it ran well. During this time Bradley was always on his Dad because it wasn’t getting done fast enough, something that was always a problem when he worked with Dad! Because Dad had to work and it wasn’t going fast enough, there was still always enough time for Dad to help when the project didn’t go as planned.
Bradley enjoyed working at the daycare, as the kids were not judgmental and always loved when he was there. Brad signed up for his Level 1 so he could help out there more often, and the extra hours earned him money to buy parts which were a common expense when he started driving.
The last two summers Bradley worked for the City of Calgary, in fleet maintenance which he enjoyed as it gave him an adult pay cheque, and let him work as a mechanic which he loved to do. However, he missed the freedom of the farm. He loved to drive so this led to some trips to the farm even if it meant skipping school to go. He loved driving in the country to relieve stress. Bradley hated the city and being in large groups of people, as it made him edgy and awkward. A friend with a child that had the same problem as Brad once said he thought the city moves too fast for some people, and after much thought, this made a lot of sense to me, as the busier it was, the more stressed Brad got.
Funeral Services will be held at Bethel Evangelical Missionary Church (corner of HWY 580 and Range Road 30, Carstairs, AB) on Friday, November 22, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow at Carstairs Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. If friends so desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to Partners for Mental Health, https://www.partnersformh.ca/act/give.
In living memory of Bradley Foat, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES Park Memorial Chapel, 5008 ELBOW DRIVE S.W. Calgary, AB, T2S 2L5, Telephone: 403-243-8200.Print This Obituary & Condolences