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Celebrating the life of
Bradley Keith Cyprus
November 25, 1969 - July 23, 2016
Services under the direction of:
Bradshaw Carter
(713) 521-0066
  • Memorial Service
  • - Saturday, July 30, 2016

I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regard to our dead loved ones. (John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

I was very sad to read of Brad's passing. As a former teacher and administrator at Dulles High School I had the pleasure of knowing and/or teaching Brad and his siblings as well as interacting with their parents over the years. I have fond memories of the family. Prayers for all of those whom he has left to carry on. He and his dad will have a grand reunion.

Peggy Huntley Egger, Huntsville, TX

I had the good fortune of pledging Phi Delta Theta at Emory when Brad was a brother. His humor, storytelling prowess and genuine desire to befriend all of us was a testament to the kind of person he was. My sincere condolences. -Armando Huerta, Chicago, IL

Armando Huerta, Chicago, IL

Losing Brad leaves a substantial void, which is feels unfathomable to us today. There is no replacement for Brad. He was one of a kind. So thoughtful, selfless, loving, talented, industrious, generous, optimistic, clever and humorous. We carry the memory of Brad everyday forward from here. Brad imparts to us this gifted treasure of remembrance as we emulate his approach to life.

Tony Curry, Edina, MN

Bradley Keith Cyprus, 46, beloved son of Shelly and the late Joel Howard Cyprus, died on July 23, 2016, in Houston, Texas, surrounded by his family, due to complications from lymphoma.

He is survived by his mother Shelly Cyprus, his wife Valerie Bossert, siblings Audrey (and Richard) Kauffman, Idalyn (and Mark) Audas, Lenore (and Russ) Ferrill, Mark (and Leah) Cyprus, and Dean Draper; his nieces and nephews Annaliese and Alexander Kauffman, Katherine and Jacqueline Audas, Carlye and Justin Ferrill, Robert and Charles Cyprus, Miles and Denver Draper; and numerous members of his close-knit, extended family. He was treasured by Valerie’s parents, Chantal and Charles Bossert; her siblings Jean-Charles (and Stacey) and Olivier Bossert; and her nephew Charlie Bossert. He was preceded in death by his beloved English Bulldog, Buttercup.

Brad was born in Houston, Texas, on November 25, 1969, the youngest of six children. He graduated Cum Laude from John Foster Dulles High School in 1988, while playing as much tennis as possible and spending summers either studying in Puebla, Mexico, or at Camp Olympia in Trinity, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and Creative Writing in 1992 from Emory University, while holding multiple positions at Phi Delta Theta Fraternity and spending his summers planning the launch of Paracom, a network security company, with his brother, Mark.

For the next 27 years, Brad held multiple positions in the company as the service offerings changed, the business grew, and the organization was renamed VendorSafe Technologies and most recently Netsurion. In his last role as chief of security and compliance, he used his extensive knowledge of the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standards (PCI) to guide retail, restaurant, and grocery chains toward compliance and to speak at industry conferences. He enjoyed educating employees about PCI and designing new services. He derived deep satisfaction from being of service to both customers and employees, while watching the business he shaped succeed. Customers appreciated his talent for translating complex concepts into plain English, and employees counted on his coaching and sense of humor. As Kevin Watson, CEO of Netsurion, commented, “He was the heart and soul of the organization.”

In a family of sitcom-worthy male nerds, Brad stood out as the “everyman genius.” Easygoing, with a great laugh, he could watch a football game with family and friends and have a complex discussion about astrophysics, arcane animal trivia or romantic comedies during the commercials at half-time. With an irreverent sense of humor and gift for comedic timing, Brad lightened the mood and raised spirits in every room he entered, from industry conferences to difficult life situations. He was a doting uncle, co-coaching soccer teams, playing tennis, and cheering on his nieces and nephews whenever he could. His family could always count on him to share his honest, straightforward opinions and advice. He had a gift for mediating conflicts with humor and intelligence.

Outside of work, Brad spent decades volunteering his time at S.E.A.R.C.H., the nonprofit organization his mother founded to assist the homeless in Houston, and at Crisis Intervention of Houston, answering calls to the Crisis Hotline for which he earned multiple Night Owl awards.

Brad was a great storyteller. Writing was his passion. He wrote Exposing the Sign of the Sigma, the fun adventure of a young rancher who learns that his life is literally filled with magic and danger. He was looking for a publisher to give this urban fantasy tale the attention it deserved. He was also a voracious reader of both science and fiction, admiring Stephen King and Jim Butcher’s work.

Throughout his life, Brad loved participating in and watching sports of all kinds, learning the minutest details of animal behavior and traveling as often as possible. He believed all foods needed to be tried at least once.

Every day, he approached decisions with calm deliberation, honored his commitments with perseverance, and treated others with tolerance and respect. He will be remembered by all who were blessed to know him for his unshakeable integrity, indefatigable optimism, and unwavering loyalty.

A private memorial service will be held in Houston, on Saturday, July 30th. In lieu of flowers and in Brad’s memory, please consider a gift of time or money to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society or donating blood or platelets at MD Anderson Cancer Center.

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I would like to express my deepest sorrow for the lost of your dear loved one. The pain, grief, and the feelings of helplessness can seem unbearable. At such times, we need to go to Gods word for comfort. Please take your Bible and look at what God promises for the future with regard to our dead loved ones. (John 5: 28,29 , Acts 24:15 ) Yes, God really will defeat our enemy death forever. This will enable us to one day have the hope of seeing our dead loved ones again. I hope this message will be a source of comfort to you. If you have any questions feel free to contact one of Jehovah's Witnesses or log on to our website at JW.org. Sincerely yours, JW

JW, Houston, Tx

Candle tribute lit by Bob and Cheryl Collins — Texas

I was very sad to read of Brad's passing. As a former teacher and administrator at Dulles High School I had the pleasure of knowing and/or teaching Brad and his siblings as well as interacting with their parents over the years. I have fond memories of the family. Prayers for all of those whom he has left to carry on. He and his dad will have a grand reunion.

Peggy Huntley Egger, Huntsville, TX

I had the good fortune of pledging Phi Delta Theta at Emory when Brad was a brother. His humor, storytelling prowess and genuine desire to befriend all of us was a testament to the kind of person he was. My sincere condolences. -Armando Huerta, Chicago, IL

Armando Huerta, Chicago, IL

Losing Brad leaves a substantial void, which is feels unfathomable to us today. There is no replacement for Brad. He was one of a kind. So thoughtful, selfless, loving, talented, industrious, generous, optimistic, clever and humorous. We carry the memory of Brad everyday forward from here. Brad imparts to us this gifted treasure of remembrance as we emulate his approach to life.

Tony Curry, Edina, MN

Candle tribute lit by Tony Curry — Minnesota


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