A memorial of flowers, messages, and dedications to Bradley Patrick Tipper has been erected at the fire-damaged Ponderosa Manor in Sparwood, where Tipper tragically died two weeks ago. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

East Kootenay fire victim honoured

Bradley Patrick Tipper remembered as gentle-hearted and generous

Across the Elk Valley, mine workers will wear a sticker on their hardhats in memory of a much-loved colleague.

Bradley Patrick Tipper lived and breathed mining, and had recently secured his mine rescue certificate.

The 24-year-old was fulfilling a dream of working as a fourth-generation miner at Elkview Operations in Sparwood when his life was tragically cut short two weeks ago.

Bradley was living at Ponderosa Manor apartments in Sparwood Heights, where a fire broke out about 9:30 p.m. on August 9.

The blaze quickly consumed Block B and Bradley is believed to have succumbed to smoke and heat while trying to flee his apartment.

He has been remembered as a gentle-hearted and generous man who was dedicated to his family, friends and community.

On Saturday, about 650 people attended a celebration of Bradley’s life in his hometown of Kimberley, B.C., where commemorative stickers featuring a hardhat and the word “family” were handed out.

Mom Vickie said the image held special significance for the mining family, engraved on her father’s headstone and tattooed on Bradley’s side.

“Family meant everything to him, whether it was the four of us or his friends that he was really connected to,” she told The Free Press.

A memorial has been erected outside Block B of Ponderosa Manor, which remains fenced off and guarded by security as an investigation into the fire continues.

Attached to the fence are notes, flowers and memorabilia, including cans of Budweiser and Colts cigars, left by friends, family and colleagues mourning the loss of the young man.

“Love you Bradley. I can’t ever explain how much I’m going to miss you,” reads one note signed Corey.

“BFT, thank you for all that you did for me. You were there for me when I needed you most. Thanks for always being yourself and for improving everyone’s life that you touched. Love you forever,” wrote Tim.

Another note reads: “The crew will never be the same without you. You will always be with us in spirit and this family will always remember our man, myth and legend BFT. With everlasting love from the Lou’s crew family.”

Bradley was an avid sports enthusiast and very involved in the community, from coaching school sports to being the first to support friends and those in need.

Donations in his memory can be made to the Battle of the Bats Slopitch Tournament & Fundraiser and Canadian Mental Health Association.

Condolences for the family can be offered at Mcphersonfh.com.

 

Commemorative stickers bearing a family image were handed out at a service for Bradley Patrick Tipper in Kimberley on Saturday. Submitted Commemorative stickers bearing a family image were handed out at a service for Bradley Patrick Tipper in Kimberley on Saturday. Photo submitted.

The memorial at Ponderosa Manor in Sparwood Heights. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

A dedication left at Bradley Patrick Tipper’s memorial at Ponderosa Manor. Kimberley Vlasic/The Free Press

Just Posted

Jointly-hosted tea at museum

Strawberry Social 2 p.m. June 15th at museum grounds

The pen is mightier than the board

Local group of kids plans to put out regular newsletter as fundraising initiative

Celebrate Pride in the Park at 2nd annual event

Weekend of festivities June 14-15th

Ambushed with honour

Mike Gray receives Rotary’s highest honour in surprise presentation at Horsethief pub anniversary

Mountain-high honour

Belayed thanks to long-serving community member Herb Weller

10 facts about Father’s Day

Did you know that the special day for dads was first celebrated in 1910?

B.C. VIEWS: When farmland protection doesn’t protect farmers

Secondary residences aren’t mansions, families tell Lana Popham

Bombers down B.C. Lions 33-23 in season opener

Former Lion Andrew Harris leads Winnipeg with 148 rushing yards

Northern B.C. family remembers murdered Indigenous woman with memorial walk

Still no closure for Ramona Wilson’s family 25 years later

B.C. university to offer mentorship program for former youth in care

Students using the provincial tuition waiver program will soon be able to form a community at KPU

You might not know these B.C. records are public

Hired a lawyer to file a civil claim? Those are published online

B.C. bus driver loses case to get job back after texting while driving full bus

An arbitator ruled that Tim Wesman’s phone usage was a “a reckless disregard for public safety”

Revamped B.C. Lions set to battle veteran Winnipeg Blue Bombers

The Lions’ first test of the season will be a big one

No business case for Trans Mountain expansion, says former environment minister

Cabinet is expected to announce its decision on the expansion of the Alberta-to-B.C. pipeline by Tuesday

Most Read