Mr Nigel Brade
AN INTEGRAL member of the IW Literary Festival and IW Day teams, Nigel Brade, has died after a dignified battle with cancer, aged 59.
Mr Brade, from Ryde, was involved with the Literary Festival from the start and later was key in the recent inaugural IW Day, project managing both events and working up until the week of his death.
Born in Surrey to Michele and Alan Brade, themselves long-term residents of the Island, Mr Brade grew up in London with his younger brother, Jonathan, later spending two years working on the Scottish island of Iona after leaving school.
He was a passionate traveller, spending time in South America, the Caribbean and North America.
An accomplished sailor, he undertook many passages and crossings, also crewing and undertaking charters around the Mediterranean and Caribbean.
He married his wife, Suzanne, in 1982, and the couple moved to New Zealand and started their family.
In 1994, the family moved to the Island where Mr Brade worked in several entrepreneurial and project management roles, including the restoration of the Prince Consort building, Queen Victoria’s private yacht club.
Fluent in French, Mr Brade also spent several years working in the Dordogne, France.
He was a talented cook, gifted raconteur, and avid reader, and his family said above all, he was a kind and generous man, with quick wit and good humour, and was always willing to extend his time to others.
He leaves his wife, children Eleanor, Siobhan, Imogen, Margot and Alexander, and grandson, Otis.
A celebration of Mr Brade’s life will take place at St Peter’s Church, Seaview, on Monday, at 2pm, followed by a reception at Sea View Yacht Club.
No flowers requested but donations can be made to The High Sheriff’s Trust via www.justgiving. com/highsherrifstrustiow