Brad McMeekin

Rhody Family Funeral Home

Bradley John was born on March 12, 1959 in Owen Sound to parents Ken and Iris (Brown) McMeekin. In time Brad was joined by his younger sister, Anne. He attended public and high school in Owen Sound before heading off to London and Fanshawe College. Here he furthered his education and eventually obtained his tickets as both a machinist and millwright.

In time, Brad began working with his dad at the family business, McMeekin Machine & Fabricating. Brad enjoyed working with his hands, particularly with metal, and added new talents through the years. He worked a variety of jobs before applying to Goodyear Canada for a management position. His application was successful and he soon began helping them in the area of design. Once again, Brad enjoyed and excelled at his work.

When not working Brad enjoyed his sports. During his youth he played lacrosse, making a provincial final, in addition to baseball and taking up skiing. If you want to hear a good story about one of his ski adventures just ask Val and the kids about Brad's wrong turn on his way down a run at Blue Mountain.... let's just say it involved a face plant! :) Curling was also a favourite past time of Brad's as he loved spending time at the rink!

From a young age Brad enjoyed helping others. In the early years of the Summerfolk Festival in Owen Sound there was a need, and Brad happily filled it. Who knew then that over 30 years later he would still be helping backstage, enjoying the music and spending time with friends and family. Brad also volunteered his time at the curling rink where he was the head of the ice team in Tara for a number of years. If that was not enough, he also found time to run the annual Tara Legion curling bonspiel and even helped Jeff with the Legion golf tournament in recent years. His family may of said it best, "Brad had a big heart and a lot to offer!"

Brad loved being outdoors and one with nature. He always looked forward to each September whereby he and some buddies would head north to enjoy nature and each other’s company. His backpack was always full of supplies, however he always seemed to make some space for none essential beverages! :) They spent their days enjoying each other’s company while taking time to hike, canoe and fish.

The Brier and Scotties tournaments were always marked on Brad and Val's calendar. Over the years they attended several of these events, making many new friends along the way. In 2017 they had the trip of a lifetime, heading to St. John's, Newfoundland to take in the Brier. The stories from this adventure are endless, from the extreme weather (wind) they arrived to and the social in the airport bar, to Brad having a serious heart-to-heart with a gentleman outside a bar on George St. late at night. (apparently Brier Patch tokens aren't the same a money... just ask Val! :) Brad loved life and was especially happy when he was spending time with his beloved Val.

To say Brad had a fondness for tools might be an understatement. If you needed something he often had the tool for you. He also enjoyed watching a bit of TV, particularly Channel 627..... the space channel of course, and spent countless evenings learning about everything "space" however the discovery channel and Netflix were close seconds. When it came to food Brad was a real "grease monkey" absolutely loving french fries. He loved a good steak dinner which could always be topped off with a crisp, cold Busch beer! His passion for the outdoors was particularly present when you considered his National Geographic magazine collection that he built up over the years. More recently that was replaced by fiction novels, whereby Brad could escape his illness and let his mind wander.

Brad loved spending time with friends and family. Whether that was spending a few minutes catching up with his best buds, whom he had known from the ground up, to working hand and hand with Val with property maintenance on the weekends or spending time with Val's children and grandchildren. He was a kind, fun loving man who enjoyed everyone's company. Apparently Brad was not one for gossip, often being upfront with those who tried to spread it. He was also a great debater and maybe just a little stubborn. He would be quick to reiterate to Val that their disagreements were not arguments but instead debates.

Brad and Val were true soulmates. They knew that what they had was very special. Brad was a romantic, often writing poetry for his beloved Val. In fact, as you probably know, Brad operated like clockwork and on one such day he was late and Val began to worry. She went to the window to look outside only to notice his truck parked on the side of the road down the street. When he arrived home she questioned him on the reasoning for this only to find out later that he had stopped to pen her some poetry from his heart.... imagine! There was also the sign he purchased a number of years ago that read, "always kiss me goodnight" a motto we should all try to follow just as he and Val did.

In 2006, Brad became a member of the Millwright Hall and began working during outages at Bruce Power. Over the next twelve years he worked hard and made a number of new friends. Sadly, in January of 2018 Brad was diagnosed with cancer. He and Val both knew that the future did not look bright but this did not stop them from doing everything they could to fight this horrible disease. One of Brad's last requests was that Val care for him at home as long as she could and that is exactly what she did. Her love for Brad, her husband and best friend, was ever present and displayed daily as she cared and supported him through his illness. In the end he spent a total of one day in hospice care, a testament to Val's amazing care and support.

Bradley “Ob” John McMeekin of Tara, passed away surrounded by his family at Chapman House, Owen Sound on Tuesday, January 15, 2019 in his 60th year.

Beloved husband and best friend of Val McLean. Brad will be deeply missed by his father, Ken McMeekin of Tara and sister, Anne McMeekin of Collingwood. Loving father to Tanya McLean (Ryan) of Chesley, Jeff (Rebecca) McLean of Dobbinton and Suzie McLean (Mike) of Oliphant. Ob will be sadly missed by Gavin, Dylan, Joel and Taylor. Brad will be fondly remembered by his nephew Nathan, niece Melinda and the many friends he made throughout his life. He was predeceased by his mother Iris and brother-in-law Bob McPhee.

A visitation will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion, Tara (86 River St.) on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 1 - 3 p.m. with words of remembrance beginning at 3 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations to Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 383 (Tara) or Chapman House would be appreciated as expressions of sympathy.

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Jacqueline Patterson-Herron
January 26, 2019
Sincerest condolences to Val and the entire family. So sorry could not be there today.
Hugs to you all as you celebrate Brad's exceptional life.

Love Jaci, Dave & Patrick
Laura and Dale
January 26, 2019
Val, Dale and I are so sorry to lose Brad. He was always such a presence even in his quiet times, and I know he has left such a void. We are thinking of you and the family and we are here if you need us. Love and hugs
Blaine Radbourne and Kazia Milian
January 24, 2019
Dear Val we know the days seem darkest now. Hold his memory close to your heart and the sun will shine again.
Thinking of Ken and family
Jim and Patti McMeekin
January 21, 2019
So sorry to hear of Brad's passing. Our thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
Jim and Patti McMeekin
Jaclynn and Mike Gowan
January 21, 2019
Sending a Hug to you Val!
May you seek comfort from those that surround you during this difficult time. And take comfort for he was your dearest friend. May he be at peace.
Susan Galbraith
January 21, 2019
Please accept my deepest sympathy in the loss of your husband.Your precious memories will be a huge comfort to you in the coming days.Remember we are all here for you if you need us for anything.
Larry & Betty McLeod
January 21, 2019
Val & family, we are sorry for your loss of Brad, Sincere sympathy .
Jill &Brian McDougald
January 20, 2019
Val so sorry for your terrible loss. Thinking of you and your family. Cherish your wonderful memories and good times you shared. hugs.
Bill/Mary Bowler
January 19, 2019
Very sorry for your loss, Ken, Anne and to all of Brads family.
Cathie Locke
January 19, 2019
So very saddened by this news. My condolences to Ken, Anne and all of Brad's family.
Wendy and Bill Harwood
January 18, 2019
Our condolences Val and family. We were sorry to hear of Brad's passing.
Duncan McIntosh
January 18, 2019
Val and family,
Brad worked with many friends and made new friends during his time as a member of Millwright Local 1592.
Brad will be missed by all of his Brothers and Sisters at Millwright Local 1592. We are saddened to hear of his passing and hope that you will always keep his memories of the times you shared fresh in your thoughts.

From all of the Executive, Staff and Members of Millwright Local 1592
Rocky Anna Weller
January 18, 2019
Val Jeff Tanya Suzie and families: You are in our thoughts always treasure Brads fun memories no one can take them away. He was a very genuine man and had lots of fun around him And everyone was always welcome in his home.I will never forget him around us crazy women partying.Love U guys like family xxoo
Janine McMillen
January 18, 2019
Dear Anne and family - so sorry for your loss. May the memories help lift you through this difficult time.
Rob and Janine McMillen
John and Marilyn Hay
January 18, 2019
We know there are no words to take away your pain and nothing that can fill the emptiness of your loss. Although we suffer with you, from a far, it is not the same. Knowing family and close friends are there for you to support and help you is good. They can hold you when needed and give you the strength to endure easing your sadness and emptiness. Our hope is time will lessen your pain and open up the gift of all the great memories shared of Brad’s life lived. He is my friend, he will be missed, he will not be forgotten. Our Deepest Sympathies to Val and family, Ken and Anne.
Joleen Nickel and Tom Thorne
January 18, 2019
Our deepest sympathies Val, Jeff, Suzy and families. So many memories of Brad and all the years that you had with him.
I always smile and have a laugh when I see Oil of Olay.
Ivan and Lisa Langeraap
January 18, 2019
Our thoughts are with you Val and family.
We have many fond memories of fun times
with Brad! Hugs to you, Ken, Anne, Tanya, Jeff,
Suzie and your grandchildren. Ob will be missed deeply.
Donna Webb
January 18, 2019
I am so sorry Val and family . Cherish all the happy memories ! Your family now has a very special angel watching over you ! Hugs
Ginelle and Scott MacDougall
January 18, 2019
Val, Tanya, Jeff And Suzie, thinking of all of you as Brad’s journey comes to a peaceful end. We have many fond memories of Brad, and hope that your memories will stay with you to guide you through. Sending our condolences.
Bill and Marlene Price
January 17, 2019
Val, Tanya, Jeff, Susie and family. Sorry to hear of your loss. Our deepest sympathy to all.
Joan and Rick Denomy
January 17, 2019
Our deepest sympathy goes out to you and your family Val. I hope the warm memories will help ease your pain. Brad will live on in the hearts of those who loved him.
Eleanor Petrie
January 17, 2019
My heart goes out to you Val and your family, such a loss and still so young! May your many memories bring you comfort, hugs and prayers ????
Eleanor Petrie
January 17, 2019
My heart goes out to you Val and your family, such a loss and still so young! May your many memories bring you comfort, hugs and prayers ????
Brenda & Chris Blondin
January 17, 2019
Our condolences to Val & all of the family. So sorry to hear of Brad's passing. Hugs to all of you ❤️
Melissa & Brian Hicks
January 17, 2019
Val and Kids, You are in our thoughts way out here on the West Coast! Don't forget to lean on "CareBear"! We all love you. Brad will be deeply missed.
Brianne Langeraap
January 17, 2019
Sending all my love to you, Val.
I won't forget all of the laughs with Brad!

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