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

Columbia Valley RCMP searching for misisng person

Police ask for help in finding Elizabeth Stewart, who hasn’t contacted family since Jan. 14

Biologists discover another female calf in depleted South Purcell Mountain Caribou herd

Calf will be moved to Revelstoke maternity pens, then released

Man seriously hurt after police shooting near Nelson

Incident has been reported to provincial police watchdog

Snow storm hits East Kootenay

Fernie expected to get the most accumulation at roughly 20-25 centimetres by the end of the day

B.C. students win Great Waters Challenge video contest

Video, mural and song about saving the salmon claims the top prize

Ammonia leak shuts down curling club in Nelson

It’s not yet clear when the leak was detected

Pavelski’s 31st goal helps Sharks top Canucks 3-2

Vancouver one point out of second NHL wild-card spot

East Kootenay illicit drug overdose deaths lowest in B.C.

Local expert credits harm reduction efforts; declares support for legalization of opioids

Eight cases of measles confirmed in Vancouver outbreak

Coastal Health official say the cases stem from the French-language Ecole Jules Verne Secondary

Ontario police field complaints over Amber Alert for missing girl, 11, found dead

Some said the Amber Alert issued late Thursday for Riya Rajkumar disrupted their sleep

Former B.C. premier Gordon Campbell accused of sexual touching

Accuser went to police, interviewed by Britian’s Daily Telegraph

B.C. couple attacked with acid, slashed with knife in Vietnam

Warning, graphic images: Man has burns on 80 per cent of his body, slashed with knife

Northern B.C. First Nation clan says ancient tools found at pipeline work site

Archeologists from the Smithsonian Institute estimate one of the stones found dates back up to 3500 years

Most Read