OBITUARY

Schuyler Donta Bradley

July 6, 2001October 17, 2020

To have known him is to have loved him… “Amazing human. Amazing son. Amazing brother.” That was how 19-year-old Schuyler D. Bradley was accurately described in a recent memorial at Indiana University where he was a sophomore studying informatics and business. Schuyler was born to Daphne Marie Groff on July 6, 2001, where he joined his older brother Ghiche, in their hometown of Kankakee, IL. Schuyler’s mother went on to welcome his little sister, Jersey, and little brother, Dana, after the family started a new life in Indianapolis. Schuyler attended Pike Township Schools, along with Ghiche, before their mother decided that the only place for her babies was Cathedral High School. However, before his arrival, he had already begun to make a name for himself as an athlete. He played sports at all points in life. He was the MVP for 8thgrade basketball. He was also a tournament champion wrestler. He played both offense and defense in football and took pride in always playing a starting position. After two years of success with Cathedral football, #82 ended his athletic career with the Greyhounds before graduating from Carmel High School in 2019. After being accepted to numerous colleges, he chose to be a Groups Scholar at Indiana University. He pledged Acacia Fraternity and it was there he found a sense of comfort and belonging amongst his brothers. Schuyler’s beautiful green eyes lit up any room he entered - and that was even before he smiled and those famous dimples popped. He was genuine, hardworking, and sincere. Schuyler wore his heart on his sleeve, loved hard, and loved loud. His solid conscience proved him quick to defend injustice and protect those whom he held dearest. The bonds he shared with his close-knit family were unmatched. His mother’s “Ride or Die” baby, he gave her a run for her money while still truly being a good boy growing into a stellar young man. Schuyler, along with his mother and siblings, had a family group text that left you clutching your pearls as your stomach cramped with laughter. If you were not accustomed to their style of love, it could be seen as intense. Schuyler, cut from the same cloth as his mother, could hold his own with a quick wit, this being a necessary skill with this band of five when they got together. Sometimes, when his Nana was a part of their group text, it was often too much for her, and she would eventually leave the chat. Schuyler’s sweet soul was tragically stolen from this world at 2:15a.m. on Saturday, October 17, 2020 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, leaving so many behind who are now no longer complete. He is survived by his mother, Daphne Groff; brothers, Ghiche Bradley Jr. and Dana Hyde; sister, Jersey Rodgers; grandmother(Nana), Gloria Belletete; grandfather (Papa), Derek Love; uncle, Ryan Kilbride; aunt, Jessica Dierckman; the Groff and Montoya family; cousins Jordann and Jaxson Kilbride; father, Ghiche Bradley Sr.. Schuyler was preceded in death by his great-grandparents, Rose and Roger Harrington. He was also fortunate to have family defined by love, and not blood, such as: Maurice Tucker, Richard and Janet Carroll, the Gallant family, Tearrah Terry, Nicole Townsend, Sabrina Bippus, the Rogers family, the Quigley family and many more. Schuyler’s family would like to give special thanks to both the Carmel High School and Cathedral families, Eye Surgeons of Indiana doctors and staff, Acacia Fraternity, Groups Class G 19, Indiana University, and his special boys - Phil Garcia, Gabe Quigley, Alex Fox, Camryn Mazur, Donnovan Johnson, Connor Jones, Evan Dawn, Sam Rogers, Alec Najem, and Brandon (Bino)Sandy. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” -Maya Angelou

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 24th from noon to 3:00 p.m. with a celebration of life service at 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. with balloon release immediately following in the Cathedral High School Welch Activity Center, 5225 E. 56th Street, Indianapolis, IN 46226. Reception to follow at George's Neighborhood Grill 6935 Lake Plaza Drive, Indianapolis, IN 46220.

Services

24 October

Visitation

12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Cathedral High School

Welch Activity Center

5225 E. 56th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46226

24 October

Celebration of Life

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Cathedral High School

Welch Activity Center

5225 E. 56th Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46226

24 October

Reception

5:00 pm

George's Neighborhood Grill

6935 Lake Plaza Drive
Indianapolis, Indiana 46220

Memories

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Taray Delemore

October 22, 2020

This is a tragic loss. A loss for all of us . I am so sorry and saddened and praying for this young man's family, close friends and especially his Mom and younger siblings.

Thomas Adams

October 22, 2020

You are my brother for life man, We Started a friendship over the summer while coming to IU and was one of the main ones to influence me to join Acacia with him. Even though he left me he left me a brotherhood for a lifetime. Thank you Schuyler.

Lisa Hinton

October 22, 2020

It’s an absolute heartache to sit here and have to write our memories we were blessed to have with Schuyler. This shouldn’t be the way. He should still be here to talk and laugh about these memories with us. Sadly, this has to be the way. I was blessed to have all of Daphnes’ kiddos in my class (at some point) at the daycare. I remember the day Daphne toured the center. Later I found out I was going to have Schuyler in my class room. I along with many other teachers fell in love with those dimples. He was some what shy at first, but once he warmed up to you he was your shadow! He would hold my hand as I walked around the playground watching the children play. At nap time he LOVED his back tickled! It didn’t take long and he was asleep. Schuyler was always so helpful after nap time. He would go around and hand me each child’s blanket and sheet to fold and put away in their cubby. I can see him now singing our clean up song and he always had a little pep in his step while singing it. He was one of the very few that helped (lol)! He was so patient and kind to the other children even when they weren’t so nice to him. If a child took his toy he would just come and tell me. He never yelled or hit the child, like so many others do. He would be the first to help a friend up if they fell. He even asked if they were ok. He even looked at their boo boo. Schuyler would either sit in my lap or right next to me for storytelling. He was an absolute cuddle bug. He was one of the best huggers ever. Teachers from other classrooms would rush over to get Schuyler from me to either let me leave or to keep us in ratio. All because of how great he was. They knew they had it “easy” with him. I would catch Schuyler and my youngest son Dylan always playing together when they were in the same room. I would go there to get my son so we could leave and Schuyler would come over to and give me a good bye hug. It was an absolute GREAT KIDDO!!!

Anne Nixon-Hammoudeh

October 22, 2020

Daphne, we have not seen each other since high school, but I wanted to leave a note for you and your family. I cannot imagine the heartache and pain you must be feeling. As a mom, this is an unimaginable pain, something so unfair. I have always admired your spunk and your quick wit, Daphne. I am keeping you and your family in my prayers, and I am sending you love and healing thoughts.

Michelle Bradbury

October 22, 2020

Schuyler was one of the first football players to befriend our son, Aiden, when we moved to Carmel in 2017. Because it was Schuyler’s first year too, he and Aiden formed a quick bond. I am so appreciative of the fact that Aiden knew Schuyler had his back. This such a tragic loss for his family & friends and we offer our most sincere condolences.

Linda Quigley

October 22, 2020

I did not know Schuyler personally, but I feel I do through my grandson Gabe and his family my son Matt and his wife Sheryl and Maddie, Matthew, and Metta. They loved Schuyler so much and told about such glowing times they shared with him. He is such a beautiful boy and a beautiful soul. I know he left this earth on the wings of angels and is now living happily with the Lord.

Jackson Joest

October 21, 2020

Hi Schuyler Bradley's parents. Schuyler was such a great kid I am very very traumatized for what happened to him. I would always run into him in the hallways at school having a polite attitude.
I will never forget him. I am so sorry for your guy's loss. Prayers for all of you.

KiKi Gaither

October 19, 2020

To the Family,

So sorry to hear of your loss. Once Irish, always Irish. Smart and talented kids. Saw Daphne all of the time with her children, especially football and band where my husband and I chaperoned many Cathedral band events and trips. God wrap His loving and protective arms around you all,

Blessings,
Geoffrey, KiKi and Austin Gaither.

Sonja Heard

October 19, 2020

I am so sorry for the loss of a beautiful soul. I didn't know you, but I feel the pain and sorrow of everyone's life you touched. You was a very remarkable young man. Your enthusiasm, love, respect and admiration you showed your family and friends will never be forgotten!
You rest now baby. You've gotten your wings! Job well done!!!

Laura Bridwell

October 18, 2020

Daphne, Gloria, Ghiche, Jersey, and Dana,
Ryley and I are in disbelief and heartbroken. Schuyler always smiling and polite. I remember when the boys would swim together at OBV. I was quiet and Daphne always a spit fire. You are an amazing mom! We have always had a respect for each other because we knew our children were always the center of our worlds. I can’t even imagine the pain of losing a son, grandson, and brother. I hope you find comfort in your memories and knowing that Schuyler felt the unconditional love you poured into his life. Know that you will be in our thoughts and prayers not just today but everyday. Love to you all!

FROM THE FAMILY

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