Brother Bear’s memorial

We welcomed over 200 attendees to celebrate the larger-than-life Bear Ingalls on Sunday, April 21st, at the Flynn Theater.  There were many speakers and a touching video memorial from VCAM.  We celebrated many facets of Bear’s life and his loss is felt across our communities.

More photos will be posted over the next week.  There will be a video of the service available from VCAM and details will be here.

Memorial T-shirts honoring Bear and benefiting the Brad Ingalls Memorial Fund are only available by pre-order.  You can pre-order yours by emailing the Secretary-Treasurer Madalaine Baer, sec.local919(at), with your name, phone, address, and size.  Shirts are $20 each (plus $5 shipping if you cannot pick up in Burlington) and currently checks may be mailed to the Ingalls Fund c/o Local 919, PO Box 951, Burlington, VT 05402.

Donations in any amount are gladly accepted by mailed to the Ingalls Fund c/o Local 919, PO Box 951, Burlington, VT 05402.   The Fund will benefit education in stagecraft.

UPDATE Friday 3/29:

Please mark your calendars for Sunday, April 21st from 2-5pm to gather at the Flynn Theater to celebrate Bear’s life. Spread the word to others outside of our local who knew and loved Bear.

If you have pictures or even video clips including Bear, please contact seth(at)vermontcam(dot)org – We are especially in need (quickly) of an image that includes his bear paw tattoo, as we will use that on the stickers and tshirts.  VCAM is putting together a video presentation as part of the memorial.

To help plan the memorial, please email or call Madalaine Baer (sec.local919 at gmail or 802-881-4968).


UPDATE March 27th, 2103:

Brother Brad ‘Bear’ Ingalls did indeed pass away this afternoon.

Julie passed along this message: tell them all again that Bear loved them all so much.

Bear will be missed and remembered.



Brother Bear was too ill to move to the Respite House.  He is still in Fletcher Allen ICU.

Julie said he has not been awake since last night and may not awake again.

She passes along this message to us, “Tell them all again that Bear loved them all so much.”


Original Post:

Brother Bear is very ill.  TJ Johnston has met with Bear and has been appointed Interim President for the local.

Bear does welcome visitors, please call ahead to verify that he and the family are receiving visitors before you go. He is in Fletcher Allen ICU, fourth floor, Room 411, but no visitors between 7 – 8 PM.

TJ says that we should all go see him soon! Bear is not doing well. Bear said at the last meeting that he really enjoyed the cards, so feel free to send him some, again soon.

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