Fairbanks resident Brandon "Bud" Michael McConnell, 27, passed away on Dec. 7, 2012, because of an unfortunate accident.
Brandon was born on Aug. 19, 1985, in Elmira, N.Y., and was raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was a 2004 graduate of West Valley High School.
He was affectionately known to everyone's kids as "Uncle Bud." He participated in youth sports and loved racing, shooting, and snowmachining. He had a huge heart and was an excellent helper when anyone was in need.
He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Sam McConnell Sr.; grandmothers, Marjorie McConnell, and Barbara Aldrich; uncle, Sam McConnell Jr.; and nephews, Cameron McConnell and Grady Daniels.
Brandon is survived by his parents, Gary and Cindy McConnell; siblings, Michelle McConnell, Amy (Donnie) McConnell Ingham, Jason (Heather) McConnell, Bethany McConnell, Alexa Villalobos, Joy (Mark) Daniels, Eddie Cavett, and Heather Williams; nieces, Madisyn McConnell and Kylie McConnell; nephews, Jathan McConnell, Austin Ingham, Kaden McConnell and Tegan Daniels; grandparents, Eugene and Carol Loveland; uncles, Gene Loveland, Steven Narron and Pete McConnell; aunts, Vickie Cathey, Jeannie Wade, Valerie (Gary) Fuller, and Shirley McConnell; and cousins, Mike Webster, Kevin McConnell, and Patrick McConnell.
He was dearly loved and will be missed by all who knew him.
A celebration of life will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at Pike's Waterfront Lodge, 1850 Hoselton Drive, Fairbanks.
Arrangements are entrusted to Fairbanks Funeral Home.