Thursday, July 19, 2007

Grove City Native (and friend) Brad Tidd Dies from Injuries from Motorcycle Accident

UPDATE: Brad's family is planning a memorial service in Grove City on August 19th at 2:00pm at North Liberty Presbyterian Church.

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Brad Tidd, 34, of Parker, CO (southeast of Denver), was in a motorcycle accident on Monday. Although his initial injuries were not life threatening, a blod clot formed, leading to a stroke. Brad was on life support until Wednesday, when it was removed.

It is my understanding that the accident was not his fault.

Brad leaves behind a wife and three young children. Prayer for his family would be greatly appreciated.

I'll post more news as I'm able to find it. If you have any info or thoughts you wish to share, please leave a comment or e-mail me.

Brad and I graduated together. Since our last names were alphabetically close, we sat near each other throughout school. We spent a lot of time trying to get each other in trouble!

One time, in Joe Kilbert's junior high social studies class, we nearly succeeded. Kilbert wasn't in that day, so Brad and I switched seats and assumed each other's identities. It was fun - until Brad showed he was willing to go a lot farther than me when trying to get in trouble! Good times...

Brad was one of the few people I know who could screw around and still do well in school. If memory serves me correctly, Brad aced the SAT. Brad was also an active Boy Scout - again, if I recall, he reached Eagle rank.

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More information from Brad's brother Jeremy:

As some of you may or may not know my older brother, Bradley D. Tidd, was in a motorycycle accident on Monday, July 16. He was life-flighted from the scene via Flight for Life and flown to Colorado Springs, CO. We received the call midday Monday - the one no one ever wants to get - and the plans began for us to travel to Colorado.

At that time on Monday he was awake and alert knowing everything that was going on. He had severe injuries to his neck, back, legs, and many other bones and ligaments in his body. Then later Monday night we received another disturbing call; he had had a stroke and the doctors were concerned about paralysis to the left side of his body. My mom, dad, sister, fiancee, niece, and myself got the first flight we could from Pittsburgh to Denver.

Upon arriving at the hospital midday Tuesday, we found him on full-blown life support. At this time we know he knew we were there and we spoke to him as much as we could, telling him everyone there loved him and was there by his side. By that afternoon the blood flow to his brain had been almost completely blocked and his brain was swelling.

During the night the family was again called to the hospital because his vitals were not looking the way they should. At about 12:15 p.m. that day, while we were speaking with the organ donor foundation about Brads decision to help someone else - even after he was gone, the nurses felt Brad had left us. The machines were at this point doing everything for him and we made the decision to begin the tests to see if there was any brain function left. After several tests had been conducted, we all knew Brad was in Heaven with his brother, grandfather, and grandmother.

Brad made the decision a long time ago to be an organ donor, and while I am sending this email, that process is occurring. If any of you knew Brad, you know and understand he would want this - to continue helping even if his organs were no longer in his body. We know Brad will live on - Brad will continue to help others and Brad will live on in our hearts.

I would like to thank all of you who were praying and thinking about us over the past few days. The prayers need to continue for his wife Catherine, his 3 children(Haley-5, Michael-3 and Sarah-1), his in-laws, and us. This is an awful time for all of us and we thank you again for doing what you can for us.

For anyone that is interested in showing their thoughts in any special way there is going to be a service in Colorado this Saturday, July 21. There will also be a service at home in Pennsylvania for which the details have not been set.

Parker United Methodist Church
11805 S. Pine Dr.
Parker, CO 80134


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Obit info from the Denver Post (includes a guest book):

Brad Tidd, 34, of Parker passed away unexpectedly July 18, 2007. Brad received his Masters Degree from University of Denver 2003, was an avid Steeler fan and 4-wheeler enthusiast. Beloved husband of Catherine Mouton Tidd, proud father of Haley, Michael and Sarah, loving son of James and Bonnie Tidd, brother of Brenda (Mark, Jr) Petroff and Jeremy Tidd, grandson of Willard Phipps and Freda Tidd; uncle of Amanda Petroff, Brian and John Sullivan. Funeral Services Saturday, 10:30am, Parker United Methodist Church, 11805 Pine Drive in Parker. Memorial Contributions may be made to the Tidd Family Fund c/o 1st Bank, 10961 S. Parker Road, Parker, CO 80134.

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Some bio information, with help from the University of Denver:

Brad was working as a Proposal Analyst for Integrated Systems and Solutions, a “business area” within Lockheed Martin Corporation. He managed the systematic development of proposals in pursuit of new business opportunities.

Brad was a 1991 graduate of Grove City Area High School. He received his BS in Astronautical Engineering from the US Air Force Academy in 1995. He graduated from the MSM program at the Daniels College of Business at the University of Denver in 2003.

Prior to attending DU, Brad was stationed at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and later at Buckley Air Force Base. His job brought him into contact with corporations such as Lockheed martin Astronautics, TRW, Raytheon, Harris Corporation, Brown and Root, Johnson Controls, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and NASA. Brad previously worked for Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company from 2000-2002 on the Atlas V program.

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