Richard Wayne Bradford

Richard Wayne Bradford

Richard Wayne Bradford

Richard Wayne “ Nip” Bradford passed away peacefully in his

home on Sunday, August 6, 2017 after a lengthy battle with


Nip was born in Cranbrook, BC as one of 8 children to Marna “Tex” and Gertrude Bradford and grew up in the Blarchmont area of Kimberley, BC. He is pre-deceased by both his parents, sister Wendy-Sue, sister-in-law Sherri “Sue” (Myles), brother Marna and sister Joanne (Glen).

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years Mary “Molly”,

his son Michael (Meagan), two grand-daughters (Carys

and Seren), sisters Norma (Ken) and Sylvia (Nick), brothers

Leland “Wink” and Myles.

Nip was a life-long skier involved in the Canadian Ski

Instructors’ Alliance (CSIA) and Canadian Association

for Disabled Skiing (CADS) as well as a pilot and aircraft

mechanic. Throughout his career and life he taught hundreds of able-bodied and handicapped people to ski and become instructors. He was involved in helping to promote and develop the early days of the CSIA and CADS and was

inducted into the CSIA Hall of Fame. He was director of

the Kimberley Ski School for 32 years and was honoured by

the Resorts of Canadian Rockies after his retirement by the

renaming of his favourite run to Bradford’s Blvd.

As a pilot and mechanic, he worked at Kootenay Airways, S

& S Aviation as well as doing many years of crop dusting in

the Creston Valley. Over the years he fixed numerous aircraft for family and friends, as he was well known for his skills with fabric aircraft .

He had a long battle with cancer and his family would like

to thank all the doctors, nurses and support staff at the

East Kootenay Regional Hospital Oncology Department,

the Southern Interior Rotary Lodge and the Oncology

Department of the Kelowna General Hospital.

A memorial in Nip’s honour will be held this fall in Kimberley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the BC Cancer

Agency or the Canadian Cancer Society.

Arrangements entrusted to McPherson Funeral Service.

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