It is with great sadness that the family of Bradley Wilson Carlson announces his passing on Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at Rainy Lake Hospital, International Falls, Minn., U.S.A.
Brad was born in Fort Frances, Ontario, on June 23, 1950, to Gerald and Velda Carlson. He lived his early years with his young family in Kenora, working primarily in the soft drink business (Silver Lake Beverages) until moving back to Fort Frances and taking up his life long trade as a meat cutter at Canada Safeway and later County Market (U.S.A.).
He married his partner and friend Linda in 1984 and took up permanent residency with her in International Falls, where he lived until his passing. He will be sadly missed by his wife Linda; children Tammy (Allen), Pamela (Shane), Shannon (Eric), Christina and Michael (Amy). He also leaves behind grandchildren Matthew (Tori), Tasha (Ben), Marissa (Luke), Carter, Tyler, Kiera, Hendrix, Brooklyn, Vince and Kelsey; four great-grandchildren; along with brothers Brian (Anna), Gerald and George; and sister Joanne (Joe); numerous nieces and nephews; and one special person who held a special place in his life, his mother-in-law Lillian Flovick.
Brad was predeceased by his parents Gerald (Margaret) and Velda (Peter); sisters-in-law Debbie and Linda; brothers-in-law Bob and Larry; and nephew Brian Dean.
He was a sports enthusiast during his growing up years and excelled at most everything he tried. He loved playing hockey, which he and his brother Brian played enthusiastically on Saturday nights, providing their spouses with lengthy stories as to why they did what they did while on the ice that particular game.
Bradley’s greatest passion was fishing, entering tournaments both great and small with his friends, children, grandchildren and brothers. His basement fishing “store” had to been seen to be believed. He leaves a hole that can’t be filled. You fought the hard fight, now it’s time to rest.
Cremation has taken place and interment will be in Kenora, Ontario, with a summer picnic being held once families can get together safely.
In memoriam donations can be made to a charity of your choice, or the Heart and Stroke Foundation.