When I was 16 years old, I had the amazing fortune to find myself in a summer company for young actors…I was paid $169.00 a week (I remember the first cheque) and I began to hang around with a group of actors/kids from the OTHER end of Hamilton (West End….fancy) and we performed at Hamilton Place together.
I loved this group of people.
For someone who hung around with the same people since kindergarten, it was pretty exciting to meet all these new, like minded people.
While “hanging” with this group of people I met Bradley Garrick.
He was 14, at the time.
He was gregarious, always fun and handsome….
He and I liked to drink Peach Schnapps.
A lot of Peach Schnapps.
I remember him with a fake, yak hair moustache…hair parted down the middle…as a dancing waiter in Hello Dolly…as one of the sailors in South Pacific….we were so young.
In the intervening years things have happened, life is life…and as a result, I have not seen him in a very long time…the last was at a panto at the Wintergarden, I think….
But when I heard he was sick, George and I were struck.
And now, so far from home, hearing of this passing tonight (in the wee hours, here in Greece) we are saddened.
Not being a part of his immediate life, it feels strange to be writing my feelings for the world to see…but who cares…I will miss him…I am sad that he is not in this world…and I feel great sadness for Phillip…I wish you peace.
Bradley…this earth was a more interesting place with you in it.
It is smaller without you.
We all, whose life you have touched in small and large ways, mourn your passing.