Minden man mourned following Christmas Eve tragedy
By Chad Ingram
Published Jan. 11, 2018
Terrence Bradley is being remembered by his sister as a quiet, kind person who went out of his way to help others.
“My brother Terrence was a generous soul,” Meagan McNally wrote in an email to the Times. “He was always willing to help people, be a shoulder to lean on or a listening ear. He liked to make people smile. He was also selfless and took care of our dad after our mom died.”
Bradley, 26, was killed Christmas Eve, after being struck by a southbound vehicle on Highway 35 at its intersection with Water Street. Bradley, on foot, had just finished a shift at the Minden Valu-Mart.
McNally had seen her brother that morning.
“The last time I saw him was Sunday morning at 7:30 a.m.,” she wrote.
“He was getting ready to go to work. I went upstairs to get ready for the day and didn’t tell him goodbye when he left for work. I didn’t know it would be the last time I would see him.”
McNally had had an early Christmas with her brother and father, and had returned to Toronto to spend time with her partner’s family. It was about 9 p.m. Christmas Eve when the coroner called her from the hospital.
“I immediately thought something was wrong with my dad when I saw the hospital calling but couldn’t understand why my brother hadn’t called me on my cell,” McNally wrote. “When I answered the coroner told me he had some sad news and that my brother had been struck by a car and killed. As you can imagine the news was devastating and my heart was ripping apart. To top it off the news sent my father to the hospital as well. When the OPP came to his door to tell him he started to clutch his chest. It ended up that it was just the shock and he recovered.”
McNally recalls her brother was someone who liked to keep to himself.
“He liked to play online fantasy games and had recently got into Dungeons and Dragons,” she said. “He enjoyed the theatre, and chess.”
She remembered taking Bradley shopping for her wedding, which took place this past September.
“I took Terrence shopping for a suit for my wedding,” McNally wrote.
“He wanted this ridiculous yellow bow tie and I remember laughing cause I thought it was a horrible choice and knew he was doing it to torment me, but it actually suited him. He looked very handsome that day.”
She cautioned drivers to be careful at the Highway 35 and Water Street intersection.
“Watch for pedestrians,” McNally wrote. “The light is not long enough for an elderly person or child to cross safely. My brother wasn’t able to make it.”
At press time, the OPP investigation into the accident was continuing, and no further information had been released.