October 1, 1997 ~ April 22, 2010
Bradlee Brelsford-Billings passed away with his mom, dad and a few family friends by his side on April 22, 2010 at the age of 12. Born and raised in the Southern California / San Diego area, Bradlee attended Pauba Valley Elementary School for the 5th grade, Vail Ranch Middle School for the 6th grade and then relocated to Okinawa, Japan, with his mom and dad where he attended Kadena Middle School for 7th grade. At Kadena Middle School, Bradlee was enrolled in high school-level math and Spanish classes, but enjoyed science the most. Since elementary school, he was a member of the school band, picking up the clarinet and trombone, and recently he was learning to play the trumpet. Although Bradlee’s life was far too short, he left an impression on everyone he met. He was very out-going, charismatic, energetic, and he made friends everywhere he went. Bradlee was very compassionate towards people and animals and loved to play and be rambunctious. Bradlee threw himself into everything he did, wide-eyed, always ready to learn and experience life. He loved riding his dirt bike, playing video games, exploring nature and watching cooking shows on television. Utilizing his sense of humor, Bradlee always knew how to make someone laugh and his laughter was infectious. His playful approach to life, big green eyes, bright white smile and adorable little dimples will be remembered by all who knew him. Bradlee leaves behind a large extended family. The Billings/McCune family will be hosting a celebration of Bradlee’s life at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 at England Family Mortuary in Temecula, CA.The Brelsford/Piron family will be hosting a separate celebration. Please log onto http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/bradleeb for additional information. Memorials: In lieu of flowers, we would like to ask for donations to be made to one of the many programs at Kadena Middle School in memory of Bradlee. The programs that can accept donations are Band, Choir, Club ZERO Science Club (Zoological Environmental Research Opportunity), and NJHS (National Junior Honor Society). Checks need to be made payable to 'Kadena Middle School Student Activity Fund' (or KMS SAF) and must reference the club that is to receive the donation. We would be happy to collect these checks and bring them to the school when we return to Okinawa or you can mail them to: Kadena Middle School Unit 5166 APO, AP 96368-5166 Services: 4:00PM at England Family Mortuary on Tuesday, May 4th, 2010 (map/driving directions)
I didnt perosnlly know Bradlee, but my daughter attends KMS and is in the 7th grade as well and came home one day speaking of what had happened to him. We talked for a bit and then had a moment of silence. Please accept our sympathy during this time and you are all in our prayers.
What a phenominal description of Bradlee. I only knew him a short time, as he was farily new to Kadena Middle School, but he was exactly as described! He made an impact on everyone around him in one way or another and touched many lives. Bradlee will be so very very missed.