**I started working on this post in June of 2016.
It was going to be about all the magical milestones I’ve experienced in five years at Million Air Medford, and there would be jokes about how I received my 5-year award very close to a year late.
January 24th, 2017 I was presented with my 5-year longevity award.
‘It’s time to take a cute picture with my award and finalize my blog post!’ – I thought.
January 26th, 2017 the loss of a co-worker and dear friend shook the Million Air MFR family.
So the theme of this post has shifted.
From a memoir: ‘5 years in the life of Dani,’
To a tribute: ’67 months with a great man – Ronald William Brady.’
Ron Brady hated having his picture taken, so I’d hit him hard with that sneak attack.
His chuckle is one-of-a-kind.
His Grumpy Gus voice is unforgettable.
He gave me horrible life advice like, ‘Marry for money. You’ll learn to love.’
And said, ‘You can help us throw bags. You’re a little manly like that.’
He’d ask Air Traffic Control the important questions like, ‘Why you busting my balls, man?’
The guy loved aviation, crossword puzzles, and Black Velvet.
His work ethic was second to none;
He ran circles around line guys 1/3 his age.
He’d always say that he would die on the airport; and we all knew he was right.
We spent many a holiday and birthday together.
(He turned 75 on January 13th!)
He wouldn’t walk past me without shaking my chair or squeezing my arm.
It was my honor to sit with him at our Company Christmas Party as he was awarded Employee of the Year 2016;
The only Million Air MFR Christmas Party he had ever attended.
I stopped by work to grab a drink before class.
– I said in my best Grumpy Gus voice as I left the lobby.
‘Yeah, goodbye, Dani.’
– He said with a chuckle.
I returned to work after class.
And he was gone.
So here’s to a man who charted the Pacific Crest Trail on the back of a Golden Palomino.
A man who lead the Pear Blossom Parade in a white Stetson.
A man who inspired me to relentlessly pursue a relationship with my own grandparents.
A man who was known and loved by all who stepped foot on the Rogue Valley International Medford Airport.
A man who’s passing has single-handedly spiked the sale of Black Velvet in the Rogue Valley.
The man, the myth, and legend.
The real deal.
The one and only, Ron Brady.
My favorite Grumpy Gus ❤
😉 🙂 😀
PS: A celebration of the life of Ronald William Brady will be held at the Medford Airport on Tuesday 07 February 2017 at 2:30 PM in the Superior Air Hangar located at 2080 Milligan Way Medford Oregon 97504.
The family is having a private service earlier in the day.
Family, friends, coworkers, airport personnel, Civil Air Patrol and fellow aviators are invited to attend.