On Saturday, July 11th, 2020, with his wife by his side, God called Brad home to Heaven's eternity. He left this world in the same way that he lived in it; with grace, integrity, and love. In true fashion, he kicked cancer's butt, but only as long as God would allow. It's true what they say, He always takes the best ones first! Our loss, Heaven's gain.
Brad's family is grateful for the generous support of Landry's, Inc. and for the love and support from family and friends throughout his valiant battle.
Brad was a legend in his own right. A talented musician, a true leader in his career, a faithful friend, and a loving husband, father, brother, and son. He was a passionate man in every aspect of his life. Whatever he did, whether it was work related or personal, he gave it his all! He gave others opportunities and experiences that they otherwise couldn't have imagined had they never met him.
Brad gracefully balanced family, work and fun, which wasn't an easy task being in the demanding restaurant business. His wife and three daughters always took precedence above all else. They were his pride and joy and the legacy he leaves with them is one of compassion, strength, courage, and love.
Brad's life was chock-full of friends from every area of his life. These lifetime friendships were very special to him, and in turn his friends knew they were blessed to have such a loyal buddy. The time he spent with friends was enjoyed by fishing, golfing, grilling, and cheering on the Texans and the Astros.
Brad's work ethic was impeccable. He worked his way from being a waiter to a General Manager, he had a restaurant and brewery named after him which he shaped into a successful business, and later committed 20 years of his life to Saltgrass Steak House where his last position was Regional Chef. He was the kind of leader that everyone wanted to work for, always upbeat and encouraging, and known to play the occasional prank! He took on many extra tasks over the years such as leading opening teams for several restaurants, he was the GM for the Boardroom and Banquet room every year at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, he participated and won in a category for Iron Chef within his restaurant group, he appeared on many news shows in various cities during their cooking segments, and even did some commercials.
Even during his battle with cancer, he was one of the few patients who were asked to participate in a study at Methodist Hospital. It was a study being conducted to see if certain things would ease the stress that patients feel while undergoing chemotherapy treatment. At the end of the study, he was interviewed by Houstonia magazine where he was recognized in the article they wrote. Like I said, he was a legend!
When Brad wasn't working, you would likely see him with a guitar in his hand. Music was his happy place and he was a talented self taught guitar player who could carry a tune very well. Six years ago he had the idea to reunite some of his high school friends to form a band they named The Return. They played several gigs including the Everyone is turning 50 party which was Brad's brain child. The camaraderie his bandmates shared was quite special.
Brad will be remembered as a family man who was honorable, caring, fun loving, faithful, funny, cool, intelligent, charismatic, and loved with his whole heart! His spirit lit up a room and burned brighter than most. His goal was to enrich other people's lives and that goal was achieved and surpassed.
Brad is survived by his wife and soulmate of 32 years, Patricia J. White; three daughters, Aron E. Larson & husband Nicholas Larson, Abigail J. Salvato & husband Carlo Salvato, III, and Andersen H. White; brother Benjamin W. White & wife Yvonna White; and mother Judy W. Shaw.
Ruth 1:16 - "Where you go I will go, and where you stay I will stay."
Brad will never be alone and neither will we. Although at this time we cannot physically see him, we know he is always near. He will forever be in our hearts and his legacy will live on through his beloved daughters and family members, his many friends, and colleagues. We are all better because we knew him. As his friends like to say, BLB. BE LIKE BRAD!!!
A Service of Thanksgiving for the Resurrection and a Celebration of God's Presence in Brad's life will be held at 2:00 pm on July 28, 2020, at St. Luke's United Methodist Church, 3471 Westheimer Road, Houston 77027. Reverend Linda Christians will officiate. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, physical attendance will be limited to immediate family. The Service will be live streamed at 2:00 pm on July 28 at https://www.stlukesmethodist.org/memorial-livestream/ for family and friends who are unable to attend. A video of photos will follow on the live stream link two minutes after the service ends.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions flowers will not be allowed. Please consider a donation in Brad's memory to Cancer Research Institute at https://fundraise.cancerresearch.org/fundraiser/2818992.
Please stay tuned for information about a celebration of Brad's life, which will be held at a later date when it is safe for all of his friends and family to gather in one place. It will be a celebration to honor him "Brad White style" with great food, friends, and music. Thank you for understanding that due to the impact of Coronavirus, this was something we weren't able to do at this time.
Colossians 3:14- "And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony."