A family and campus share memories of departed student Bradley Schlecht

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Friday, November 8th, 2019 at 11:06 AM
A family and campus share memories of departed student Bradley Schlecht by Shayma Musa
Pictured: Bradley Schlecht, his girlfriend Shannon Plyer and their children. | Contributed Photo

Family. The outdoors. His dogs. 

These are the things that Bradley (Brad) Schlecht held close to his heart and loved most in life, according to his girlfriend Shannon Plyer. Schlecht was a student at Edinboro University’s Porrecco College campus in Erie. He died on Friday, Oct. 18. 

“He has a really good sense of humor, he has a big heart, he cares...cared, a lot, more than I think he realized,” said Plyer. 

“He was full of life — funny without knowing that he was funny. He had the ability to put a smile on your face no matter. He was an all around good guy,” said Schlecht’s cousin, Brittney Miller. 

Schlecht was 36 years old at the time of his death. In addition to Plyer, he is survived by his three children. 

“He was very proud, so proud of his family. He loved them so much and he loved his dogs as well,” Miller said. 

At Porrecco, he majored in criminal justice and graduated this May with his associate degree and was pursuing his bachelor’s degree in individualized studies. 

He worked in the North Dakota oil fields during the oil boom, served in the army for seven years (1999-2006) and was honorably discharged due to an injury in combat. 

“He never really liked talking about it,” Plyer said of Schlecht’s millitary service, “Whenever people would come up to him and say, ‘thank you for your service,’ he would always brush them off. He didn’t like people doing that. But he was honorably discharged.” 

Students at Porrecco will pay tribute to Schlecht’s memory by making dog toys to donate to the ANNA Shelter on Monday, Nov. 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

President Guiyou Huang offered condolences to the family in a campus-wide email, saying: “We all share in the grief brought about by this tragic, unexpected loss. Our support for those who knew Bradley will be important in the coming days. On behalf of the entire Edinboro community, I offer our deepest condolences to Bradley’s family, friends and fellow students. I know that we will all hold them in our thoughts and in our hearts at this difficult time.”

The email also reminded those that need additional assistance in coping with grief to seek help through the Ghering Health and Wellness Center.

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