Tricia Bradford passed away on May 1 this year and because of COVID-19 restrictions, her funeral was for family only. Tricia was a leading light in the Noosa Arts Community and much loved by many. It was decided that a floral mandala memorial would be created on Sunshine Beach on what would have been her birthday – August 23.
Again new COVID-19 restrictions came in overnight on the day of the memorial, reducing attendance to 30 people – many more friends would have loved to have come for this event and pay their respects, but stayed away to allow her closest friends to be there.
The day was perfect with clear skies and only a light breeze. The mandala was created which was a fitting tribute to a wonderful artist who adored her walks along Sunshine Beach and was passionate about flowers.
Tricia Bradford was known to so many people for her work with Noosa Regional Gallery, Cooroy Butter Factory, Noosa Hospital, The Red Cross (as a first responder), Harbourside Gallery, Pop-Up Art and of course, Noosa Arts and Crafts where she was a Life member. She was incredibly generous with her time and often neglected herself in favour of helping others. She was a former nurse and volunteered at Noosa Hospital for 10 years. She was also awarded a Queensland medal for her service to the community.
Apart from all those activities, Tricia explored the Australian outback with her partner, Alan and organised Help an Aussie fundraising rallies and Buy A Bale through RM Williams.
Tricia was a driving force for the recognition of local arts and artists and was forever coming up with new ideas to stimulate that interest. Harbourside Gallery, Noosa Regional Gallery and Noosa Arts and Crafts have all benefitted from her creativity, enthusiasm and vision – she is sadly missed and will always be remembered for her generous spirit.