Bradley Robert LAFORME
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Passed away suddenly at his home in Hamilton on September 17, 2020. Beloved son to Evelyn LaForme and the late Kenneth LaForme. Brother to Peter LaForme (Debbie), Joseph LaForme, Thomas LaForme, and Andrea LaForme (Paul). He will be sadly missed by his nieces and nephews Sydney LaForme, Amanda LaForme, Jennifer LaForme, and Jeffery LaForme and his good friend David Pangborn. Please sign the online Book of Condolences at www.baygardens.ca


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Published in The Hamilton Spectator on Sep. 19, 2020.
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October 5, 2020
Oh Brad im so sad to hear about this. Thank you for being here for me. You will be missed greatly. Thanks for making a difference in my life
Tyana Jansz
Friend
September 26, 2020
Moving through the initial shock of Brad’s passing, I was responsible for considering what needed to be attended at his work given his loss. This past week I heard scores of remembrances and tributes to Brad from colleagues within and outside the organization. I listened to and responded to voices messages from patients he was working with and called others to plan for their care going forward. Signature qualities of Brad that I already knew, were amplified ten fold by the stories I heard. Deeply generous and compassionate to those being harmed by their substance use, while also maintaining clarity of the need to invite, support and challenge people to step into responsibility for their own lives, understanding no one else could. Creative, playful, enjoying opportunities to “take the stage” and help colleagues, evidenced in his baking, sharing of treats, approaches to presentations and group facilitation, and retreat planning. A way of walking in the world that was often private, sprinkled with a quick wit that could be any combination of cynical, sarcastic, ironic or just plan funny. In all his complexity and all his beauty, Brad contributed much to those who have known as a counsellor, colleague, friend over the 11 years he worked at the Hamilton Family Health Team. Many will carry his impact forward in the lives, and he will be remembered.
Catherine McPherson-Doe
Catherine McPherson-Doe
Coworker
September 24, 2020
Brad was my coworker and my friend and I am still finding it difficult to accept his passing.

When we would run group, Brad would become animated and passionate and use his keen sense of humour to help heal others. He would stand at the back of a meeting room and take everything in, speaking wisely and from his heart, albeit reluctantly, when asked his opinion. I called on him for rescue more times than I can count. He always showed up and I always left having learned something valuable and feeling like a better person.

Over many lunches discovering new restaurants and cities, we designed new therapy groups, I learned about the superiority of DC comics (go Batman!), Brad’s love of Nova Scotia, family, tradition, underdogs, and just what a cool, fun, genuine, authentic, & generous person Brad was.

My heart and thoughts are with his family. Please know that he touched so many lives that the positive impact Brad had on Health in the City of Hamilton could and will never be accurately measured. He touched my life and like others he touched, I will miss him very very very much.
Cynthia
Coworker
September 22, 2020
I will always remember Brad as being a diligent clinician with a kind soul who was always available to offer advice. The organization has lost a true gentleman. My thoughts are with his family and friends.
Gloria
gloria
Coworker
September 22, 2020
I think Brad enjoyed 'having the floor' when he gave us updates at our Mental Health Counsellors Meetings. Always helpful, cheerful, added some lightness to any meeting, wonderful guy to work with. Well respected and liked.
Mary Newman
Coworker
September 22, 2020
My deepest condolences to Brad’s family and friends. If it weren’t for covid, I would have been spending Wednesday afternoons co-facilitating a group with Brad, and as I learn of this news, most of my brain still feels that I’m just waiting to run our next group together. Brad loved to ask the clients challenging questions - to invite them into a process of self-exploration leading to change. Clients would often share that they continued to ask themselves these questions throughout the weeks. Brad would prepare treats and keep-sakes for our clients, who expressed appreciation for these special gestures of care. When Brad was passionate about a topic (for example, motivational interviewing), he would create opportunities to share his passion with his colleagues. Brad used his sense of humour to convey his feelings and opinions. I am still in disbelief, and know I will continue to feel the hole left by Brad’s absence.
Katie
Coworker
September 21, 2020
Brad was an amazing guy. Very skilled, Genuine, hard working, humble and compassionate with a witty humorous side. I had many enjoyable conversations with Brad in the last couple of years, ranging from addictions work to philosophy and politics. He will be missed dearly by me and many, many others. My thoughts are with Brad's family at this difficult time.
Nadeem
Coworker
September 21, 2020
As a colleague of Brad's, we looked to him for his experience and expertise. As a friend, he will be missed for his sarcastic and quirky sense of humour, his generosity (including sharing his homemade treats!), and most importantly, the compassion he showed for those with whom he worked. Our heartfelt condolences go out to his family.
Tricia
Coworker
September 21, 2020
Praying for God's peace on the family at this time of great sorrow, knowing that Brad is forever in our hearts and memories. He was a very special person.
Laurie
Coworker
September 21, 2020
Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always.
Laurie
Coworker
September 21, 2020
My experience of Brad was that he was one of the most genuine people I knew. He cared deeply about his clients and this will be a huge loss for them, but I'm sure the seeds he planted will continue to grow and sprout. Brad could apply his amazing counselling skills in such a manner of respect for his clients. He made it look easy and it was not. He has taught me so much in a manner that no one else can ever replicate.
Laura
Laura
Coworker
September 21, 2020
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September 21, 2020
I knew Brad many years ago and I remember him as a kind and gentle man with a well-developed sense of humour. I have fond memories of watching movies from his vast collection and playing Ouija at the Laforme home. My condolences to the Laforme family - he was much too young.
Robert Ridge
Friend
September 21, 2020
Blessings to the family, Brad was a colleague who will be greatly missed.
Renee
Coworker
September 20, 2020
Peter, Debbie, Sydney and Amanda,
I'm sorry for your loss, please let me know if there is anything i can do to help.
Bill Powell
Friend
September 20, 2020
You were definitely a kind soul and you will be missed very much. Rest In Peace Brad you were taken way too soon❤
Debbie Laforme
Family
September 19, 2020
He always tried to keep traditions going and will be missed for that. Rest In Peace Brad you left us far too soon...
Andrea
Sister
September 19, 2020
You always tried to keep family traditions going and will be greatly missed for that and your genuine kindness. Rest peacefully Brad... way too young .
Andrea
Sister
September 19, 2020
I am feel very sad. Brad was an amazing brother and friend to me, he has always been there for me my whole life, and also my kids for the last 20 years. He was the right person to do his job in council to so many others. His kindness and family dinners on holidays will be missed very much. I will forever be thankful for his support when Jenny and Jeffrey were so young.
Tom LaForme
Brother
September 19, 2020
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