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Bradley Hampton Bound, 68, passed away Tuesday, November 29th, 2022.
Brad was born the youngest of four children to Virginia and Eugene Bound in Alexandria, VA on October 12th, 1954. He worked as an educator for over 30 years. He had a passion for helping people and always spoke fondly of his memories with past students and teachers.
During Brad’s freshman year of high school his family moved from Dover, MA to Cape Cod, but he remained lifelong friends with many from his childhood. Brad played football, hockey, and baseball during his time at BHS. He graduated in 1972 and attended West Virginia University from which he obtained a BS in English and Special Education in 1976. After spending a year teaching at Hyannis Middle School his adventurous spirit led to a move out west.
Over the next ten years Brad lived in Vail, CO and Taos, NM. He found his passions in skiing and karate and developed a love of the outdoors which he passed down to his children. Brad was a raft guide and EMT. He also became a ski instructor for the blind–a position which would lead him to a career in teaching people with disabilities.
A spontaneous decision to return to Barnstable for his 15 year high school reunion led to him meeting his wife, Lisa Behlman. He would always credit this choice as leading him to the happiest and most fulfilling years of his life. Brad and Lisa married on June 1, 1991 surrounded by family and friends. In 1992 Brad and Lisa had their first child, Emma. Two years later, they welcomed their second child, Travis, into the world. As a father he worked hard to ensure his children knew they were loved and taken care of. The eternal teacher, he gave space for them to make mistakes while always offering his advice. But “some lessons you will have to learn the hard way” and when that happened his patience, encouragement, and unwavering love was always available to them.
Brad cared deeply for his family and friends, but also always found enjoyment in making others laugh. He was quick with a joke and tried to never take life too seriously. His compassion for others showed an optimistic view, and faith in, what life and people can offer if given the chance.
Brad wore many titles: husband, dad, grampy, brother, son, friend, goober, and, perhaps his most well-known title, Mr. Bound.
Mr. Bound, as he was known to the many students he taught during his long career, was a teacher at the Riverview School, Sandwich High School, Mashpee High School, James Lyle Middle School and also in the Fall River and New Bedford school systems. After retiring in 2018, he hit the road with his dog, Dazey and traveled throughout the country in his RV, “The Wandering Grampy.” He was teaching special education at Montezuma-Cortez High School in Cortez, CO, at the time of his passing.
He was proceeded in death by his father, Eugene, his mother, Virginia, his sister Diana, his brother Gene and his many beloved dogs.
He is survived by his daughter Emma Bound, son Travis Bound and his wife Gabriela Bound, his three grandchildren Oliver, Ethan and Isla Bound, his brother Jim Bound, and his dog Dazey.
Family, friends, and students are welcome at a celebration of life to be held in June in Barnstable, Massachusetts.
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