Due to the tremendous response to my post, “Literary Find:  A Heart Torn, A Soul Mended: A Bereaved Parent’s Search for Harmony,” I asked the book’s author Ms. Tricia Wolfe what could we do as a follow-up to the interview.  With the anniversary of her son’s death nearing, we both thought it would be a great idea to do a photostory tribute to Brad.  It is very obvious that she loved her son very much!

 

A Photo Tribute of my son, Brad Custer

Born: February 4, 1974

Died: March 23, 2003

 

 

Baby Brad!

Baby Brad!

I heard his first heartbeat…held him and looked into his eyes…I relive the wonder and special meaning of that day every year!

With Grandma Johanna, brother and mom in Grandma's backyard.

With Grandma Johanna, brother and mom in Grandma’s backyard.

Grandma Johanna hosted an annual corn roast Labor Day each year at her home.  We all thrived on those family gatherings.

Again with Grandma Johanna, brother and mom, at the RenCen

Again with Grandma Johanna, brother and mom, at the RenCen (Detroit)

She always glowed when surrounded by her grandchildren and great grandchildren.

Jammin' with giant Tinker Toys in our basement playroom, four years old.

Jammin’ with giant Tinker Toys in our basement playroom, four years old.

He had a way of bringing special moments to our days… a delightful child, full of joy and wonder.

Standing at the foot of the Rockies with me and his brother, age 3.

Standing at the foot of the Rockies with me and his brother, age 3.

“Go Rest High On that Mountain” Son, your work on earth is done.”

A close up of us three.

A close up of us three.

 A proud momma with her two sons. 

Vacation photo at a working pilgrim farm in New England.

Vacation shot at a working pilgrim farm in Massachusetts with mom and brother.

Brad added a touch of fun and wonder to every family vacation we took.

Brad was sort of a St. Francis type of guy as he loved animals and had many pets. Here he is holding our albino runaway dog, "Duchess".

Brad was sort of a St. Francis type of guy as he loved animals and had many pets. Here he is holding our albino runaway dog, “Duchess”.

His was a quiet love, strong, yet gentle…he communicated straight from the heart

A handsome pre-teen in middle school.

A handsome pre-teen in middle school.

Through every stage and through every age he was beloved by all who knew him.

Sophomore at Northville High School

Sophomore at Northville High School

As Brad moved out of boyhood into manhood, his sense of wonder and joy grew into an aura of self-discovery and a concern and compassion for others.

Dressed up and happy, ready for the Senior Prom!

Dressed up and happy, ready for the Senior Prom!

Brad was the kinda guy who could connect with anyone, anywhere: dressed up or in jeans, his personality touched many. 

 

Proud to be the "Best Man" at his brother's wedding (1997).

Proud to be the “Best Man” at his brother’s wedding (1997).

A special boy who became a special man!

 

Brad and brother Scott

Brad and brother Scott

They were the greatest gifts to each other!

One of the last photos of Brad, watching a California sunset (2000).

One of the last photos of Brad, watching a California sunset (2000).

As he grew into manhood, he filled my heart with pride…So many mountains he climbed!

Memories of Yesterday…Fill a mom’s heart…With love always

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