Bradford J. “Bear” Ingalls – Burlington Free Press

BRADFORD J. “BEAR” INGALLS J. “BEAR” INGALLS – BURLINGTON – Bradford J. “Bear” Ingalls, 61, died on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in Fletcher Allen Health Care, surrounded by his loving family, after a long illness. He was born in Burlington on Oct. 13, 1951, and grew up in Springfield, the adopted son of Robert Ingalls and the late Lorraine (Hersey) Ingalls. He is survived by the loves of his life – his wife, Julie; and daughters, Katrina, Monika, and Ava; father, Robert; sister, Candace Mason; mother-in-law, Carol Byrne; sister-in-law, Tonia Karnedy and her husband, Gary, and their children, Frankie, Anna and George; sister-in-law, Nina Cannizzaro, as well as the entire extended Cannizzaro family; and friends too numerous to count.

Bear had a long and storied career as a technician in the entertainment industry. Brad (a bear of a man), began in the 1970’s as the lighting designer for the Davis Brothers Garage Band. Legend has it that on a slow night, he was encouraged to motivate the crowd by getting out on the dance floor with a pretty girl. The band then yelled, “Look! It’s the dancing Bear!” And the name stuck! Bear perfected his craft in theatres, concert halls, stadiums, film sets, and TV studios throughout New England, including over 30 years on the stage of the Flynn Theatre. In 1983, Bear became a charter member of the IATSE Stage Local 919 in Burlington. A proud union man, he held the office of President at his death. Bear also proudly served as a member of Local 96 in Worcester, Mass. For the last 12-plus years, Bear worked at VT Community Access Media (VCAM), most recently as their Access Coordinator. He loved his time at VCAM, believing strongly in the people’s right to free access to the airways and the ability of that medium to bring the people of the community together in a positive way.

Bear was a very involved family man and parent to his girls. He was a tireless volunteer to the PTO for the Flynn School in Burlington, and worked on countless other school and community events. Scores of local arts groups benefited from Bear’s generosity and devotion to his craft. His presence and talents will be greatly missed. Bear was a kind, warm, and gentle man, with an unparalleled sense of humor that he carried with him to the end. Bear loved mentoring young people and was committed to sharing his knowledge and experience of stagecraft by generously giving of his time. His enthusiastic sponsorship and encouragement of so many young professionals will never be forgotten.

Visiting hours will be held at the Ready Funeral Home, 261 Shelburne Road, Burlington, on Wednesday, April 3, 2013, from 4 to 7 p.m. A memorial/celebration of Bear’s life will be held on Sunday, April 21, 2013, at the Flynn Theatre at 2 p.m. For online condolences please visit In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in Bear’s memory to the Brad Ingalls Educational Fund, c/o IATSE Local 919, P.O. Box 951, Burlington, VT 05402. Funds will be used for scholarships and training in technical theatre.

Published in The Burlington Free Press from March 30 to April 1, 2013

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