Brady “Bert” Neely
Brady “Bert” Neely
Brady Bertram Neely (aka Raoul, aka Bert, aka B), 65, of Centennial, died on Jan. 1. He was born in Phoenix, Ariz., raised in Hillsboro, Ill., schooled in Carbondale, IL, worked in Chicago, IL and finally found his true home at Denver. There he married his wife Patti and raised two sons.
Bert was a unique individual, who, despite trying to remain “humbly obscure,” got involved in many activities that defied that wish. His passion for debate and meeting new people led him to varied interests, including politics and vanning. This, in turn, earned him many friends around the world. His proudest accomplishment was the Vanning yearbooks he published in 1992 and 1993. He enjoyed writing articles for vanning magazines and forums that could spark controversy, or create tears for the readers, but he was always sincere in his honesty and caring about vanning.
He participated in politics and government issues. His work with committees, causes, and campaigns gave him a forum for his great love of intelligent debate and meeting new and interesting people. He loved the outdoors and the amazing bright blue Colorado skies, though in his later years, he appreciated the outdoors mostly via idly chatting with his wonderful neighbors and sitting on his patio, lapping up the sun and watching people go back and forth on the High Line Canal.
He delighted in good parties, friends, love of his family and his family reunions. Those of us who knew him loved his honesty, his dry sense of humor, and his ability to talk to anyone with ease. The world has lost a special individual, who will be missed, but who was loved, and, in that, there can be no greater reward for a life well lived.
His wife Patti Jansen, his sons Davis and Lee Neely and his sisters Marsha Jones and Sue Calufetti will miss him every day. With many good memories they will keep him alive in their hearts every day.
As Bert requested, please plant a tree in his honor, or make a donation to National Public Radio, in lieu of sending flowers. A wake will be held to celebrate Bert’s life on Sunday, Jan. 31, from 1 – 5 p.m. at Two Penguins Tap and Grill, 13065 E Briarwood Ave, Centennial (closest cross streets: Arapahoe Road and Revere Street). If you are so inclined come prepared to say a few words in celebration of Bert’s life or tell some stories if you have any. The first drink is on Bert, with a cash bar after that. Food will be provided.
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