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Bradley Gregg Magor (Brad)

January 12, 1960

October 12, 2023

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bradley Gregg Magor on October 12, 2023, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Born on January 12, 1960, in North Vancouver, Bradley had an extraordinary life filled with adventure and achievements. After briefly wandering through Canada and the US, he pursued his education at Capilano College and the University of Victoria, obtaining his BSc Honours in Marine Biology in 1982. This led him to work as a scientist and later as a skipper on a fishing boat for Syndel, an experience that left a lasting impression on him. In 1986, he moved to Halifax where he met his beloved wife, Kathy Edens, and together they embarked on an incredible academic journey, completing their PhDs in South Carolina and engaging in postdoctoral work at Stanford. In 1999, they settled in Edmonton, where Brad became a professor of Immunology at the University of Alberta, dedicating himself to teaching and research. Throughout his career, he was a devoted mentor to many graduate students whom he took immense pride in. Brad’s passion for sports and the outdoors was evident through his lifelong dedication to downhill skiing, road bike racing, squash, marathons, triathlons, and scuba diving. He was an active member of the Hash House Harriers, participating in various running and beer-drinking events worldwide. Alongside his love for physical activities, Brad had a deep appreciation for literature, art, music, ballet, and spending time with his feline companions. He cherished his family dearly and delighted in their company. Brad’s memory will forever live on in the hearts of his wife, Katharine, his siblings, Don, John, and Liz Magor, his nephews, Colin, Fraser, and Regan, as well as his many friends and colleagues. In honor of his remarkable life, memorial donations can be made to Brad’s preferred charities, YESS Youth Empowerment and Support Services, Mustard Seed, WINhouse, or MSF. A memorial service will be held at a later date to celebrate his life and legacy.

With deep sadness, we announce the passing of Bradley Gregg Magor, who left this world on October 12, 2023, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Bradley, born on January 12, 1960, in North Vancouver, lived a unique and extraordinary life. Following an unconventional path, he decided to skip high school and instead embarked on a hitchhiking adventure across Canada and the US. It was during those years of exploration and self-discovery that he developed a deep passion for marine biology, which ultimately led him to become an accomplished scientist. Bradley’s thirst for knowledge led him to pursue his BSc Honours in Marine Biology at Capilano College and the University of Victoria, a remarkable achievement considering his unorthodox education journey. His determination and love for the oceans guided him to work as a scientist on a fishing boat for Syndel, where he made countless life-long memories. In 1986, he took the next step in his academic career and moved to Halifax to further his education. It was in this vibrant city that Bradley met his soulmate, Kathy Edens, who would become his wife in 1988. Together, they ventured to South Carolina, where they completed their PhDs, and later engaged in postdoctoral work at Stanford. Eager to continue their academic endeavors, they settled in Edmonton in 1999, where Bradley became a professor of Immunology at the University of Alberta. Throughout his tenure, he showed unwavering dedication to his students, serving as a mentor and guide to many aspiring young minds. Bradley’s passion for sports was evident from an early age when he enjoyed downhill skiing and road bike racing. An avid squash player, he would engage in friendly competition every chance he got, striving to play “every day that ends in a Y.” He also challenged himself with marathons and triathlons, pushing his physical and mental limits. His love for the water was unparalleled, with scuba diving holding a special place in his heart. As an undergraduate student, he earned money through diving and later reignited this passion while teaching Marine Biology in Mozambique. In his final years, he pursued his love for diving by exploring the world’s most breathtaking reefs in Raja Ampat and Cozumel. Bradley was not only a man of intellect and athleticism, but he also had a deep appreciation for the arts. He enjoyed reading the news, literature, and poetry, and frequently attended performances by the Edmonton ballet. He had a profound love for animals and showered his affection on their feline companions. Bradley also relished the simple joys of life, engaging in conversations over fishing stories and sharing moments watching hockey at the pub. Bradley leaves behind a legacy of admiration, love, and inspiration. He is survived by his adoring wife, Katharine, his siblings, Don, John, and Liz Magor, and his nephews, Colin, Fraser, and Regan. Although he was preceded in death by his eldest brother, Bob, the memories they shared remain etched in Bradley’s heart. Despite his passing, his spirit lives on through the memories he created with his loved ones, friends, and colleagues. To honor his impactful life, memorial donations can be made to YESS Youth Empowerment and Support Services, Mustard Seed, WINhouse, or MSF. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date to gather those whose lives were touched by Bradley’s remarkable presence.

It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of Bradley Gregg Magor’s passing on October 12, 2023, at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton. Born on January 12, 1960, in North Vancouver, Bradley was a man who lived life on his own terms and paved a unique path for himself. Reflecting his adventurous spirit, he decided to forgo traditional high school education and instead embarked on a journey hitchhiking across Canada and the United States. This period of exploration led him to rediscover his passion for marine biology, compelling him to pursue his BSc Honours in Marine Biology at Capilano College and the University of Victoria in 1982. Bradley’s remarkable intellect and love for the ocean were evident in his work as a scientist for Syndel, where he began as a researcher and later became a skipper, a cherished chapter in his life. Seeking further knowledge, he moved to Halifax in 1986, where his academic path converged with fate. It was at Dalhousie University that he met Kathy Edens, the woman who would forever change his life. Bonding over their shared love for science and adventure, they embarked on a journey together, completing their PhDs in South Carolina and engaging in postdoctoral work at Stanford. In 1999, they settled in Edmonton, where Bradley joined the esteemed University of Alberta as a professor of Immunology, dedicating himself to teaching and research. His profound passion for academia and unwavering commitment to his students earned him the reputation of a beloved mentor. Bradley was a man of diverse interests and talents, with a love for athletics deeply ingrained in his persona. From his early years, he relished in downhill skiing and road bike racing, embodying his youthful spirit. Squash became his newfound passion during his time in Halifax, and upon returning to Canada, he prioritized playing whenever possible, often stating he would engage in the sport “every day that ends in a Y.” His ambition extended to long-distance running, completing several marathons and triathlons with determination and perseverance. Bradley’s affinity for the water was evident through his scuba diving expeditions, both as an undergraduate student and later as a professor. He rediscovered the joy of diving while teaching Marine Biology in Mozambique and dove into the depths of some of the world’s most breathtaking reefs in Raja Ampat and Cozumel in his final years. Passionate about exploration, Bradley joined the Hash House Harriers, participating in exhilarating running events and savoring the camaraderie and the joy of sharing a beer with fellow enthusiasts. His love for the sport brought him lifelong friendships, particularly those who agreed that beer tasted best after a shiggy run or a competitive squash match. Beyond his academic pursuits and athletic endeavors, Bradley had an appreciation for the arts. He found solace in reading the news, delving into literature and poetry, and being captivated by the grace and beauty of performances at the Edmonton ballet. His fondness for animals, especially cats, was unmatched, and he had a remarkable ability to connect with them. Whether recounting fishing stories or cheering for his favorite hockey teams at the pub, Bradley cherished the simplicity of life’s pleasures. Bradley’s memory lives on through the love and devotion he shared with his wife, Katharine, and his siblings, Don, John, and Liz Magor. He took great joy in their presence and cherished every opportunity to be together, even if it meant connecting virtually via video chat. Friends and family will hold dear the memories they created alongside Bradley, keeping his spirit alive in their hearts forever. In honor of his extraordinary life, memorial donations can be made to YESS Youth Empowerment and Support Services, Mustard Seed, WINhouse, or MSF, causes that were dear to Bradley’s heart. A memorial service will be arranged at a later date to celebrate the remarkable legacy he leaves behind.

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