Obituary from The Chicago Sun Times

Braden T. F. "Brad" Cassidy

Cassidy, Braden T. F. "Brad" 11-28-71 - 04-20-08 Age 36. Loving and caring father of Emily Anne and William "Sam" Samuel, with a continuing loving relationship with Emily's mother, Kate and Sam's mother, Jennifer. Cherished son of Tom and Linda Cassidy, treasured brother of Marianne (Sam) Greco, Kristin (Gary) and Patrick (Melissa), adored uncle of Vinny, Heather, Amy and Alyssa, nephew of Gail Kozicki, great-nephew of Rosetta Mahnke and Lyle Mahnke, with many close cousins. Brad, a talented musician, treasured his record and book collection, learning and studying, especially religions, searching for good paths. He worked as a Bike Messenger, getting paid to do what he loved, riding a bike. He also studied Tai Chi. An intelligent, loyal and caring man, Brad has many true friends in the Chicago area, St. Louis and Seattle, and his beloved special friend, Molly. Memorial Service Saturday, 2:00 p.m. with memorial visitation until 5:00 p.m., at Leonard Memorial Home, Ltd., 565 Duane St., Glen Ellyn, IL. If desired, memorials to the St. Louis Bicycle Works, 4102 Shenandoah Ave., St. Louis, MO 63110, would be appreciated.



Memorial Cards

Here is a sample of the memorial cards we had at the service. There are a couple of more that are not shown here. If you would like a card, please send an email with your address to           

 Back:  In Loving Memory Braden T.F. Cassidy   "Brad"  Born November 28, 1971  Elmhurst, IL  At Rest  April 29, 2008  Chicago, IL  Don't mistake me for this human form. The soul is not obscured by forms. Even if it were wrapped in a hundred folds of felt the rays of the soul's light would still shine through.    ---Rumi    

The Memorial Service

When I look back at "the first day", and the days following, I still don't know how we accomplished all that we did. So many things to be taken care of and a service to be arranged, and all on top of unbearable shock and grief. Planning a service was so hard. There are so many details, and every one of them was followed by a "what would Brad like?".  I have always been a firm believer in family, and in this family. To watch us come together, and in our worst condition, decide and agree on so many details and decisions was actually awe inspiring. I personally, am truly proud of our family and I am glad to be a part of it.

You can read some of what was spoken at the memorial by clicking here for Kristin's words and here for Patrick's words, or here for Kate's words.