Family mourns man with ‘heart of gold’
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | January 4, 2018
The day before Christmas Eve, Meagan McNally was enjoying some quality time with her younger brother, Terrence Bradley. They laughed non-stop as they watched Jeff Foxworthy on Netflix.
“We had the same sense of humour,” recalled McNally in an interview. Sadly, it was the last time they would ever be together.
The next evening, Terrence, 26, was struck and killed by a southbound car at the intersection of Highway 35 and Water Street in Minden. He was walking home after finishing his shift at Easton’s Valu Mart, confirmed his sister. No charges have been laid at this time and the driver’s identity hasn’t been released. On Tuesday, OPP Const. Dianna Dauphinee said the investigation was ongoing.
“There are no new updates at this time,” she said.
McNally, who lives in Toronto with her partner, was watching Christmas movies when she received the devastating news from the coroner.
“I answered and the coroner told me he had some very sad news and that my brother had been struck by a car and killed,” she said. “I was silent for all of five seconds, although it felt longer. I felt like my heart was ripping in two.”
McNally joked her brother was “a pain in the butt from the time he was born,” but he was a caring person who always wanted to be by her side when they were kids.
“He was selfless,” she said. After their mother died in 2013, she offered to move Terrence and her father to Toronto with her. Her dad didn’t want to and Terrence stayed to be his primary caregiver. As for his other traits, “he was weird and quirky,” she said. “He always smiled and wanted to make people laugh. He had a heart of gold.”
Terrence was passionate about gaming, chess and theatre.
“He was just starting to come out of his shell and be more confident with who he was.” Richard Bradley, a friend of Terrence’s for more than 15 years, would often give him lifts around town or to or from work.
“We were not related, but many years ago he started calling me dad and Sandi [my wife] mom. I think it was meant as an inside joke, but always enjoyed it when he would see me and call out, “Hey Dad,” Bradley posted on Facebook. Terrence worked at Valu Mart for five years as a grocery clerk and receiver. His employer, Lynda Easton, spoke at his funeral in Minden on Tuesday.
“He was a very kind, compassionate and reliable worker,” she said. “He was always eager to help co-workers and customers. He was known to share hugs, smiles, jokes and words of support to everyone.
Terrence will be greatly missed by everyone at Valu Mart.” McNally and her family are grateful for the outpouring of support from the community. Since his death, nearly $8,000 has been raised online for funeral expenses. The goal was $6,000. “The response was immediate and we reached our goal in three days,” she said. “Every time we got a donation I would just sit and cry. My brother had a big heart but he kept to himself. He didn’t think he was liked/loved as much as he was.”
Her message to the public is to be careful when out on the roads. “Please whether you are walking or driving pay attention to your surroundings so that you and everyone around you can make it home to their families,” she said.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.