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Bradley Aaron McGibbon, 31 a long time sufferer of Sleep Apnea, died suddenly in his sleep during the early hours of Tuesday morning May 21, 2019. Bradley was born on November 18,1987. Although he lived a short life, Bradley made it a full one.
He made a great many friends, had lots of amazing experiences and was blessed with a multitude of gifts. Brad was an incredibly talented, though humble, artist of many diverse mediums. His current favorites being photography and knitting. He also loved drawing, wood working and many other crafts and art forms. Bradley had a natural proficiency in mechanics and electronics. His interest in these areas first began before Brad could even walk, as he was immediately drawn to anything with buttons, switches, plugs or batteries. As a child, Brad would often disassemble some of his toys in order to discover how they worked. He even managed to put a few back together again. As an adult he took classes at ITT Tech; built and rebuilt many computers, repaired and restored cars and helped countless friends and family members with his skills. Due to Bradley's many interests, he tried out several types of jobs throughout his early working years. However, the job that Brad made a career with was with James D Masson Movers where had become the manager. Bradley worked for and became friends with Jim Masson for nearly a decade. As a mover Brad got to travel to many different states. Over the years, Bradley realized how much of a passion he had developed for travelling. He continually spoke of the cross-country trip he took with his younger brother Joshua and about some of the places he visited while working. His love of travel even led him to briefly live in both Utah and New York where he made many more new friends. Being very close to his mom, older sister Rebecca and nephews Erick and Grady, Brad always found his way home again. Brad was also a natural athlete and enjoyed many sports. Along with roller blading, ice skating and bike riding, he played baseball, football, basketball and hockey throughout his youth. In more recent years, Bradley became even more of an outdoorsman. He would prefer to use his bike to get around and take every opportunity to go hiking, camping and kayaking, with his friend and roommate Ken or frequently on his own. His favorite place to hike was on the Appalachian Trail. Brad had hiked several sections of the AT and it was his eventual goal to hike the trail in its entirety. He was known to other hikers by his trail name, "The Mover". Along with loving the woods mountains and waterways, Brad loved all kinds of animals, wild and domestic and had many special furry friends through the years. Bradley, despite being friendly, was actually a somewhat shy and sensitive person. He knew many people of whom he referred to as friends. Yet there were a choice number of whom he valued spending the most time with. Those were the people he could be his complete self with. Not all of their names will be mentioned here but they and Brad knew who they were. Below are listed just a few. Brad shared a love of fiber arts and photography with his Mom Amanda, of whom he spent much time and many dinners with. He loved the time he spent with his sister and former roommate, Rebecca. He especially enjoyed being an uncle. Bradley spoke endlessly about and adored his nephews Erick and Grady. He shared a love of the outdoors, travelling and many forms of art with his brother Joshua. With his Dad Doug he learned much of what he knew about fixing cars, landscaping, sports, some other basic handyman knowledge and how to win at arm wrestling. Brad had also been his Papa's favorite handyman and carpenter's helper when he was little. Bradley spent many of his favorite moments with two of his closest friends, Antonio and Ken. Brad met his very best friend Antonio at the Renaissance Club in Lowell. As best friends and former roommates Brad and Antonio have shared many great times together, along with becoming part of each other's families. Besides their shared interest of hiking and kayaking, Bradley and his friend and roommate Ken, often went out to local spots in Lowell to hang out, dine out and go to the movies. Brad also really enjoyed family functions and gatherings like his Aunt Norma's annual Fourth of July party, special outings with his Mom and Aunt Mary and especially coloring Easter Eggs, carving pumpkins and other holiday events at his Memere's house. Bradley had a way of touching the lives of everyone he met. Perhaps it was because of his kind and genuine way with people. Brad tended to put the needs of others before his own and was always helping friends and family alike. He was more than a son, grandson, godson, brother, nephew, uncle and cousin. To his family members, Brad was a true friend. Bradley's closest friends often referred to him as brother or son.
We will all miss him greatly and with unwavering love.
Bradley is survived by his mother Amanda Welch, his step father Douglas Welch, his older sister Rebecca McGibbon, his younger brother Joshua McGibbon, his nephews Erick and Grady, his grandmother Sandra Lambert aka Memere, his step grandparents John and Vonnie Bradbury, his godfather Paul Lambert, his godmother Alison Payne, a multitude of aunts, uncles and cousins and an innumerable amount of friends, including his closest and best friend Antonio Martin and his dear friend and roommate Ken Mallard.
Bradley is predeceased by his grandfather George Lambert aka Papa, his great grandmother Rita Faucher aka Granmemere and his great grandmother Mary Lambert aka Grammy.
It should be noted that Bradley is also survived by many paternal relations including his grandmother Michelle Shoukal McGibbon, his great aunt Patricia Shoukal DeQuarttro, as well as aunts, uncles, cousins and his birth father Bruce Wayne McGibbon Jr. and family.
Bradley is also predeceased by his paternal grandfather Bruce Wayne McGibbon Sr., paternal great grandmother Elsie McGibbon and paternal great grandparents Michael and Mary Shoukal.
A private mass and celebration of life will be held for Bradley's close friends and family. Arrangements are by the Dewhirst & Boles Funeral Home, 80 Broadway, Methuen. To leave an online condolence, please visit Bradley’s tribute page at www.dewhirstbolesfuneral.com.