Bradley Wolfe Mays

Bradley Wolfe Mays, MD, of Mequon, entered eternal life in the early morning hours of Monday, July 21, 2008. Friends may greet the family today, July 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., with a prayer service at 7 p.m., at the Schmidt & Bartelt Funeral Home, 10280 North Port Washington Road in Mequon. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated for Brad at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 25, at Lumen Christi Catholic Church, 2700 West Mequon Road (corner North Range Line Road) in Mequon. Please meet at church.

Words cannot express the joy, love, humor and true beauty Brad brought to this world and everything about this man will be missed. But his spirit lives on in his three beautiful daughters - Audrey, 7; Anna, 5; and Katherine, 2. His was a life of selfless service as a surgeon, husband, father and friend. In his profession as chief of surgery at Columbia St. Mary’s, Brad brought hope and good health to thousands. And in his personal life, his endearing, easy smile; quiet, southern drawl; and warm, country boy attitude charmed everyone he encountered. The unconditional love and devotion he showed his wife, Carrie, was that of a storybook. It was her quick wit and sharp personality that drew him to her, and their common love for family that created an eternal bond.

The dedication he showed as a father, brother, son and friend was nothing shy of brilliant. Brad was an avid fisherman, hunter, pilot and overall outdoorsman - all activities he shared with family and friends. His most cherished times were those fishing with his girls, reading them books or taking them to Cabelas. He also loved hunting with his dear friends, flying on peaceful Sunday mornings, spending time with his brother, Truman, or simply relaxing at home.

Our hearts are breaking not just because of the empty space he will leave in this world, but because we know there was so much more of his life he wanted to share. However, we look forward to ensuring that his memory lives on and his actions are not forgotten.

Brad is also survived by his parents, Wanda Hamilton (Al) and Truman Mays; brother Truman (Nancy) Mays; sisters Katherine (George) Corder, Elizabeth (Dink) Babb and Mary Jane (John) Hines; mother-in-law Mary Jo Crivello; father-in-law Frank Crivello (Louise); sisters-in-law Beth (Adam) Wagner and Jennifer Crivello; brother-in-law Frank (Laura) Crivello; and many loving nieces, nephews and friends who adored him.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are made to the St. Jude Foundation for cancer research; www.stjude.org. For online condolences, visit www.schmidtandbartelt.com.