From March 20, 2008 Dallas Voice Reader's Voice Award

Michael Bradley, 43, a longtime member and officer of the Turtle Creek Chorale, died from cancer on Sunday, June 3.

“Michael was a true representation of the heart of this organization,” TCC spokesman Joe Rattan said Monday. “He was always ready to help, to lead and care for anyone in need. He will be missed by his fellow Turtles more than any words can express.”

In 2008, Bradley was chosen in the Reader’s Voice Awards as Best Wait Person. He was a longtime employee of Hector Garcia’s and was working at Hector’s on Henderson. Because his service was so good, every new waiter trained under Bradley.

“The key thing that makes him stand out is he totally wants that client to have a magic carpet ride and will do whatever that takes,” Garcia told Dallas Voice for the article on Bradley’s award.

“Michael’s a rock star,” agreed chef Blythe Beck. “As a chef, service is your Achilles heel, but he’s great at what he does — he goes above and beyond.”

Chorale member Zachary Gillespie posted a tribute to Bradley on his Facebook page.

“The first time I met Michael was when I joined Turtle Creek Chorale in 2008,” Gillespie wrote. “We were all sitting in the room upstairs for new member orientation and I think we were all a bit nervous because we were starting something new or whatever the reason. In walks our VP, Michael Bradley his bright smile and personality lit up the room; so handsome and charming! He always had a way of making people feel welcome and loved. Michael you will be missed, but I know the God has a crown of diamonds waiting for you up there. May the Lord Bless You and Keep You.”

Bradley was originally from River Forest, Ill. Funeral services are pending. A full obituary including memorial arrangements will appear in Friday’s Dallas Voice.