Renwick Donald Bradley, D.D.S.

Dr. Rennie Bradley

August 27, 1942 – April 28, 2017
A sweet and gentle man has left us. Rennie lived a full and beautiful life filled with love and laughter. He was passionate and curious and inspiring to many. He was a leader, a competitor, and was determined, right to the end.

Rennie passed away peacefully, April 28, 2017, at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria, BC, with his family at his side, from a combination of Alzheimer’s and Type 1 Diabetes.

Renwick was born in Regina, SK, to Dr. George Cameron Bradley and Jean Gertrude Bradley (nee Graham). Rennie is survived by his loving and devoted wife, ‘Kelly’ Carolyn (nee Devion); brother, Graham of Regina; children, Michael (Sheila) and Lisa (Ryan) Gann; their mother, Sharon; Kelly’s children, Cheryl (Brian) Meyer, Michael Hykaway and Jim (Holly) Hykaway; daughter-in-law, Lisa Hykaway; grandchildren, Jack, Tyler, Libby, Cole, Brooke (Andrew), Sydney (Dave), Matt, Austin, Abbey, Nick and Kelsey (Jason); great-grandchildren, Jude, Jaxx and West; brother-in-law, Ron (Carole) Devion; sister-in-law, Alexandra Devon; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Renn spent his early years in Regina, where he excelled at many sports. He enjoyed baseball, basketball, football, hunting and fishing. Rennie ‘bled green’ as an avid Saskatchewan Roughriders fan. His next stop was Edmonton, where he graduated from the University of Alberta, School of Dentistry, in 1967. Rennie was a proud member of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity. He played football for the Golden Bears and competed in the first Vanier Cup in 1965.

After practicing dentistry for 5 years in Regina, the west was calling. In 1973, Renwick and his family moved to Victoria to escape “that 40 below wind whistling up my ass”. There he set up a successful and respected dental practice. ‘Dr. B.’ was passionate about cosmetic dentistry and just as passionate about his ‘team’. He was committed to personal growth and Continuing Education throughout his career and supported his staff to do the same.

Renn was dedicated to a healthy lifestyle. He enjoyed squash and curling at the Racquet Club of Victoria. He loved to golf and was an active member of the Victoria Golf Club since 1973. Renn was also a lifelong runner and he even completed the Royal Victoria Marathon. ‘Coach Bradley’ spent many years managing and coaching youth baseball. One of his fondest memories was travelling with his team to Mississippi, in 1985, where they played in the Dizzy Dean World Series.

It was in Victoria that Renn met his wife Kelly. They were soulmates for 25 years. Kelly was Renn’s ‘angel on earth’. She faithfully cared for him and never left his side.

Renwick was truly a seeker and creator at heart. He was always looking to challenge himself and expand his boundaries. After retiring, he ventured into the film world. In 2008, he wrote and produced ‘The Line’, a short film that was screened at the Yorkton Film Festival.

Renwick loved to travel, he loved to dance, he loved his many friends, and, most of all, he loved his family.

And, as Renn loved to quote … ‘Smile inside and out’ … ‘Carpe Diem’ … ‘Satori’.

The family wishes to thank the wonderful staff at Sunrise Senior Living and the exceptional doctors and nurses on the 2 South, West Ward at Royal Jubilee Hospital for their kind and loving care during Renwick’s last months of life.

A ‘Celebration of Life’ will be held on Saturday, June 10, 2017,
from 1:00-4:00 p.m., at:
Victoria Golf Club
1110 Beach Drive
Victoria, BC

As Renn was a dapper dresser, attendees are encouraged to wear something colourful to the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Diabetes Canada, 2950 Douglas St, Victoria, BC, V8T 4N4 or the Alzheimer Society of BC, 300 – 828 West 8th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 1E2.

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  1. Teresa M Junker :

    Dr B will be very missed , I worked for Rennie , he was a great boss , a fabulous dentist and just a good kind man. My sincere condolences to Kelly and family .Teresa J

  2. Joyce Le Breton :

    My thoughts and prayers are with you Kelly and all the family. I did not know Rennie well but do remember a wonderful day wth him and Kelly at Crooked Lake. He was so easy to talk to.

  3. Lloyd Culham :

    My friend, Marcia and I will miss your “inside and outside smile”. So many fond memories – thanks for all of them.

  4. Maury Van Vliet :

    A giant of a man in a short stocky body! A great friend and respected teammate. Tough as nails and never quit. See you on down the trail Rennie.

  5. Marie Longpre :

    To the Bradley family – fond memories of our Racquet Club days – lots of dances – another good guy gone too soon. Cherish your memories, they are so precious.
    Marie, Ed. Longpre and family

  6. Stuart Bond :

    We grew up 5 houses apart in Regina. Belonged to a kids army led by Rennies older brother General Graham Bradley. Lots of fun.

  7. JANE OLIVER-BROWN :

    Kelly my dear friend, you absolutely were Rennie’s angel on earth and he knew that right up to his last moments. You were such an inspiring, lovely couple. His love will shine down to you forever, Kelly. He will be missed by many, including me. Love and hugs from your sister-friend Jane.

  8. Derek and Pat Mercer :

    Kelly and Family:

    Our thoughts are with you Kelly and our many fond memories of fun times during the Terrific Jazz Fest years never fade! Rennie was always always smiling and happy in our presence and his absence leaves the planet minus one lovely person!!!

  9. Childhood memories become important as we grow older and reflect upon our youth. My memories were enriched by Rennie’s presence: at Davin, playing “whatever” on the flats, Grahams’ Army, countless hours on the ball diamond, Rink 3, curling and badminton at the Wascana Winter Club. Rennie, I thank you and God Bless

  10. Bob Sandercock :

    From all of the class of 1967, we will always remember the wide smile and good humour that Rennie shared with us for four years. He was fully involved in everything he did and was a friend to all of us.

    • Bob Sandercock :

      PS We will all miss him as we celebrate our 50th year since graduation and 54 years since meeting him.

  11. Shirley Gould Mesbur :

    I was saddened to hear of Rennie’s passing. We grew up together in Regina and went to Davin Public School and Central Collegiate, from kindergarten on. Our houses were a short distance apart and I have many memories of him from those early years; his hunting expeditions with his Dad and brother, his never-ending sports activities and his ability to eat huge quantities of pancakes! He was a warm, happy and outgoing friend. My deepest condolences to Graham and the whole extended family.

  12. As one of very few east-end Reginans entering Central Collegiate in 1956 I was hoping anxiously to find a friendly face or two. Rennie was one of the first, and although we were never close friends, I admired his athletic abilities and drive, and envied his confident and sociable ways. At best I have seen him three times since high school, but enjoyed immensely each and every second I spent with him. I feel very sorry for Rennie’s family, and bid farewell to a fellow Gopher: ch-he, ch haw etc.

  13. carole Boag :

    My condolences to Kelly, Mike and Lisa on the passing of their father. carole Boag, Vancouver

  14. Dave Schroeder :

    I have many happy memories of spending time with the Bradley family while growing up in Regina. I remember going duck/goose hunting with Rennie, Graham, and their Dad as well as numerous trips to their cottage. Sending my condolences to the whole family.

  15. My condolences to Kelly and to Rennie’s extended family. Although I only had the pleasure of knowing Rennie for a few years, we enjoyed getting together and sharing memories of our days at the the U of A. Unfortunately, I will not be in Canada on June 10th but my thoughts will be with you. R. I. P. Rennie.

  16. Dr. Keith Walker :

    Kelly and Family,
    My sincere condolences, Rennie was a good friend and a fierce competitor in live and particularly golf. We had many discourses about the game and our differing abilities but he was always genuine in his approach to a problem.
    I know only to well the distress of losing a loved and cherished partner and I find that time passes very slowly and remembrances will continue for a long time. However one can take solace from remembering the good times and reliving those experiences.
    Unfortunately I will be on vacation in the UK for Rennie’s remembrance service but I will be thinking of you from afar.

    Best Wishes and Kind Regards to all. Keith.

  17. Sharon Anderson :

    Dear Kelly,
    I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. May the love and support of your friends and family help you through this difficult time. My thoughts are with you.
    Sharon

  18. Ted Frechette :

    It is with sympathy and understanding that we offer our condolences to Kelly and the Bradley Family. We have many fond memories of Dr. Rennie Bradley.

    They began when he was a team mate on the Alberta Golden Bears football team. His position was defensive back, a difficult job, read the pass or run, and stop the other teams progress, sometimes as the last man.

    Then in the late 1970s, I learned he was coaching baseball and had established a dental practice in Victoria. The Frechette family became his patients. His practice was always highly efficient, friendly and productive. I attributed this to him applying the coaching skills he experienced and learned in his sports days. We enjoyed excellent dental guidance, direction and care and from Dr. Bradley until he retired.

    Rennie always enjoyed reminiscing while lunching with a group of Golden Bears who resided on the South Island. We would enhance memories of football plays and encounters in our Golden Bear games. Or we would analyze the various recent games football or others, that had just been played. Rennie was always a great supporter of the Saskatchewan Team. We missed him greatly as he progressed in his illness.

    We have lost a colleague, sportsman, and a man who was an excellent dentist. R.I.P. Rennie

  19. Diana (Chuck) Smith :

    To all the Bradley family,I am so sorry for your loss. He was a great man and I have so many wonderful memories of Mike and Gary growing up together! RIP Rennie….you were loved by so many!

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