Bradley was a Michigan State University Junior and Clarkston High
School graduate. He was majoring in parks and recreation management
and looking forward to a study program in the Netherlands as part
of that major.
He worked with young children as a counselor and coach. He spent
two summers as a day camp counselor with Independence Township Parks
and Rec. Department. In the summer of 1998, he worked as a full
time counselor at Timberlake Camp in the Catskill Mountains of New
York. Brad also worked as a soccer supervisor referee and coach
for Independence Township in the summer and for SoccerZone Indoor
soccer in the winter. For a short period of time, he supervised
the volleyball program for East Lansing Parks Dept.
He loved to play soccer year-round. In the summer he was also a
mid 80's golfer and in the winter an avid snowboarder. He had many
and varied friends, made friends easily with his fun loving nature
and love for life in general. His family and friends were very important
to him and his actions often showed them how much he cared about
At midnight on November 4, 1998, the eve of Brad's 21st birthday,
he went with a group of friends to Rick's American Café in East
Lansing to celebrate his birthday in a way that is customary on
the MSU campus and many other campuses - "drink your age."
When he had finished 21 shots and knowing that the record among
his friends was 23, he drank three more for a total of 24 shots
of liquor. He drank them in about 1-˝ hours. Because he drank the
liquor so fast, his body was still catching up and his blood alcohol
count was still rising when he left the bar. His friends took him
home and put him to bed as he passed out. His BAC continued to climb
to a lethal level of .44 g/100ml, as the depressant did its work.
His breathing stopped and the coroner estimates that he died at
approximately 4:30 AM. He died on his 21st birthday, November 5,
The autopsy conclusion:
"This 21 year old man died of ethanol poisoning, as a consequence
of consuming a large amount of alcoholic beverage within a short
period of time."
Bradley Memorial Page
Please also visit this memorial
page created for the McCue family and originally hosted
at Geocities; now archived on this site.