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Brad Kruzick

A memorial Mass is planned July 15 for Brad Kruzick, who died July 3.

Brad Kruzick passed away July 3, 2006, in an automobile accident near his home at age 52.

He was the beloved son of Louis and Dorothy Kruzick, cherished brother of his sister, Kelly, and loving soul mate to Brenda for the last 12 years. He was born, baptized and confirmed in Des Moines, Iowa, at St. John’s church, where his parents were married. Brad grew up in Chesterfield, Mo., and moved to Colorado after graduating from Parkway Central High School.It was the love of the mountains and the outdoor life that drew him to the Aspen area, where he resided for more than 30 years. He was a free spirit who lived life to the fullest. His passions included skiing, mountain biking and paragliding. Once told after a serious motorcycle accident that he would never ski or bike again, he came back three and a half years later racing into the top 10 for his age group.

Over the years Brad has been a volunteer fireman in Aspen, a finishing carpenter and enjoyed catering for all types of events. He made many dear friends while skiing at Highlands, where he volunteered on ski patrol and assisted at many racing events. Trained as a paramedic at Swedish Medical Center in Denver, he helped deliver many babies in the valley, which was one of his greatest rewards in emergency care. Brad was rough around the edges but had a soft heart and always wanted to help his friends, whether it be for remodeling or lending a big shoulder to cry on. His amazing dog Lady was his constant companion, always at his side or with the Noyes family, which has been like his Aspen family.

Brad, we will all miss you so much but know that you are resting in God’s infinite love and peace. You will remain in our hearts forever.A memorial Mass will take place at noon Saturday, July 15, 2006, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 533 E. Main St. in Aspen. A reception will follow from 1-4 p.m. at the Mountain Chalet, 333 E. Durant St., Aspen.