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In memory of Bradley Joyce

Tuesday, September 18th, 2012 by No Comment

Cheerful, conscientious, funny, self-motivated, outdoor enthusiast, amazing ice climber – all words that merely begin to describe Bradley Joyce, who tragically passed away Sunday, August 19 on Mount Robson. He will be missed dearly here at the Centre and by his second family here in the Bow Valley. A memorial will be held in Rolston Recital Hall this Thursday, September 20 at 4 p.m. and we invite all staff and friends of Bradley to attend.

Here at the Centre, Bradley was known for his love of the outdoors and his passion for cooking. He joined The Banff Centre team fulltime in May 2010 as Chef-de-Partie. Chef Beat Hegnauer says he could always count on Bradley for all those last minute tasks. “He was always happy to help. He just saw the gaps and filled them,” says Chef.

His colleague Melody Pilgrim worked side-by-side with Bradley. As Chef-de-Parties, their days often began with 6 a.m. chats, referring to each other as work spouses. “If one of us would get wound up about something during the day they other one would calm the other one down.”

Both Chef and Melody smile at each other trying to find the words to describe Bradley. “You know, he just had no tolerance for stupid people,” Melody shares. “Exactly,” Chef laughs, “that’s very true!”  “And those beautiful, blue eyes,” Melody goes on, “eyes that would sparkle whenever Bradley was up to no-good.” “I remember last year’s Christmas party he showed up in a vintage baby blue suit with a pink tie! When we walked into the room everyone’s head turned – his eyes sparkled,” she tells me. “I miss him dearly.”

“He was such a funny guy,” says Noriko Hiraoka, a Pantry Cook here at the Centre. She tells me stories about how Bradley would walk past her in the HUB and pretend to steal the sandwiches she was making. Or how many times she would just finish tying her hair up and putting on her hat for the kitchen and he would sneak up behind her, undo the velcro on the hat, and mess up her hair. “He was always teasing and joking,” Noriko laughs.

Bradley Joyce was one of those guys that really lived life.

“Many people are passionate about getting outside – but he really loved it – he lived it,” Paul Koteles, our First Cook remembers. “It really didn’t matter what he was doing; hiking, biking, climbing, skiing – he was always just getting out.” “I knew him from Lake Louise – when we were cooking there,” Curtis Miedzinski, Demi-Chef-de-Partie tells me. “We would always head out biking on our days off. It didn’t matter what the trail was - he just loved getting out.”

“Every Monday morning he’d fill me in on where he went over the weekend, what hike he was doing - what climb, and every Friday he had a plan for the weekend,” Peter Van Huffel, storeroom supervisor remembers. “I actually worked with him at Canadian Mountain Holidays before here and drove him into the Monashee Lodge for the first day of Chef’s training. He was the most exciting person arriving at the lodge that day!”

Those eyes, that energy, his drive, and his love for bringing people together outdoors – Bradley Joyce will be missed. His friends have shared some photos of Bradley Joyce’s adventures, below.

In lieu of flowers, donations to The Association of Bow Valley Rock Climbers, an organization which promotes safety in The Bow Valley, will be greatly appreciated.

We invite you all to pay your respects to the family at The Banff Centre’s Rolston Recital Hall Thursday, September 20th, 2012. The memorial service will begin at 4:00 p.m. followed by a reception.

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