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Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel

6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, TX

OBITUARY

Bradley Wayne Bales

May 30, 1955November 21, 2019
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Bradley Bales could have been a chemistry teacher. He surely knew that the meeting of two personalities is like the contact of two chemical substances: if there is any reaction, both are transformed. It would be impossible to calculate the number of transformations in which Brad was a variable, but then, he wasn’t keeping score. He was born to Thomas and Donna (Morgan) Bales in 1955, and inherited his parent’s gregarious nature. Brad made friends easily wherever he went; his quirky, laid-back style and quick wit won over classmates, neighbors, colleagues, checkout clerks, mail carriers, stray dogs, and of course, students. Hundreds of students. His legacy will live on in the lives of many who will tell tales of classroom pranks, epic photo bombs, and history lessons taught through the medium of Janice Joplin and the Beatles. Brad taught and coached in various capacities in Dayton, Ohio and several cities in Texas, but his happiest and proudest years were spent at Trimble Tech High School in Fort Worth, Texas where he cultivated enduring relationships as a teacher in the classroom and as a coach on the soccer field. After his retirement, Brad continued to serve as mentor and friend to former students, and stayed connected to former colleagues and coaches, as long as they were willing to give audience to his enthusiastic support of two of his favorites—Tottenham Soccer, and The Ohio State Buckeyes. Through the magic of Facebook, he shared dozens of his original writings and short stories, mostly about his idyllic childhood with his much-loved siblings, and he published several books about teaching and coaching. Certainly there are countless reactions and transformations rippling from the force that was Brad Bales, and his impact will positively influence generations to come. Brad made his transition on November 21st, and is preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Donna (Morgan), and is survived by his brothers, Barry (Sandra), and Dana Mark (Sharon) of Dayton, Ohio, and sister Andrea (Tim Donofrio), of Fort Wayne, Indiana, dear friend Ann Wettengel Wood, Arlington, Texas, and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Brad’s life will be held on Wednesday, November 27th at 7:00pm, with a visitation and reception beginning at 5:30 at Shannon Rufe Snow Drive Funeral Chapel, 6001 Rufe Snow Drive, Fort Worth, Texas 76148.

In lieu of flowers, Brad’s family requests that in his honor, friends reach out to a marginalized student who could benefit from some guidance and support.

  • FAMILY

  • Barry and wife, Sandra Bales, Brother
  • Dana Mark and wife, Sharon Bales, Brother
  • Andrea and husband, Tim Donofrio, Sister
  • Ann Wettengel, Dear Friend
  • Thomas Bales, Father (deceased)
  • Donna Morgan, Mother (deceased)
  • and many cousins, nieces, nephews, and great nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Memorial Gathering and Reception Wednesday, November 27, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Service Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Memories

Bradley Wayne Bales

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Philip Tyler

November 27, 2019

It is difficult for me to write here because it is acknowledgment of the loss of a friend whom I admired, whom I loved as a brother, and who was a friend beyond description. We spoke or texted frequently - often daily, always knowing there existed a friend literally for all seasons.
I admired and admire him for the good he did and was, and will miss his companionship beyond that which any words could express.
I'mblessed to have known him, as are all who did, and hope to live my life as well as did he.
I "raise a glass" in your memory, Brad!

kaitlin mcgrew

November 27, 2019

Best soccer coach! Coach Brad would pick me
up from my parents house to take my to practice when my parents were at work. We always had so much fun - listening to music I had never heard before, which led to coach Brad burning me CD’s. Of course, he would choose the clean versions of songs, but I owe him for introducing me to Nelly!

We had not seen each other in a while but his impact will last a lifetime.

Judy Wick Bales

November 25, 2019

At my wedding almost 55 years ago Brad was 9 or 10 years old. I cherish the special gift box he made for our cards and mementos. Brad will be missed by all of his Ohio Wick cousins

Maria Vela

November 25, 2019

Coach Bales it saddens me to know that you’re no longer here with us... but I am glad I had the honor of meeting you... you made my last year at Kirkpatrick middle school very memorable... you encouraged me to join the soccer team and you even made me the most valuable player (I still have my certificate) you and Ms. Stewart always made me feel special... thank you and may you Rest In Peace.

Mike Hemmelgarn

November 24, 2019

Had the pleasure and good fortune of growing up next door to Brad going all the way back to virtually the start. So many great memories and stories like street football and going to watch the ponies run and then acting like we knew what we were doing if one of them actually won a race. Always looked forward to Brad coming home to visit his parents and then going to watch UD soccer and visiting some of the places we used to frequent. You left us way to soon Brad.

Jason Gaston

November 24, 2019

Brad was an amazing man, a wonderful teacher, and a great light in this world.

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