Bradley Scott Criss, of Chicago's East Rogers Park neighborhood, died peacefully in hospice care at Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital on June 29, 2016 at the age of 53. He had been hospitalized for a month fighting off infections and other health issues. Bradley was born on February 4, 1963 in Danville, Illinois. He graduated from Mendota high school and attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. He was smart, funny, opinionated, and loyal to his friends. Although he was very talented in many areas, he was very modest and never boastful. He did not suffer fools gladly, but if you knew him, he was your friend for life. Bradley loved to play poker and computer games, and was good at them. He loved to travel, and was very knowledgeable about computers, specializing in Macs, and became an expert at photo/video editing and Photoshop. His interest in history, architecture, and nostalgia drew him to street railways, interurbans and railroads. He was the author of Chicago Streetcar Memories, a DVD produced by Chicago Transport Memories LLC in 2009. Bradley was a co-author of the very comprehensive book Chicago Streetcar Pictorial: The PCC Car Era, 1936-1958, issued as Bulletin 146 of the Central Electric Railfans' Association in 2015. He was also the Photo Editor and designed the book's very attractive layout, which has been very well received. He was also a director and officer of Central Electric Railfans' Association from 2010 to 2013. CERA is a not-for-profit technical and educational association founded in 1938, with over a thousand members. Along with Jeff Wien, he established the Wien-Criss Archive, an important photographic collection and resource that will continue to aid historical research in the future. Bradley Criss will be very much missed and long remembered by everyone who knew him. He is survived by his parents Robert Gary Criss and Sandra Criss of Mendota, Illinois, brothers Robert, Deric, and the late Jeff. He is also survived by his three beloved cats Dora, Maurice and TC, and loving spouse Jeff Wien. Interment is at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Elwood, Illinois. Donations can be made in Bradley's memory to the Illinois Railway Museum CTA 4391 Restricted Fund.
Published in Chicago Tribune on Jul. 3, 2016.