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Brad Winans

Brad Haines Winans, 55, of Marla Bay, Nev., passed away Aug, 19, 2005, due to complications from cancer. Brad courageously survived for the past 15 years with AIDS and had been actively involved in supporting AIDS research and promoting AIDS awareness in San Francisco and Lake Tahoe.

Brad was born on Dec. 2, 1949, in Hollywood, Calif. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles, graduating from Cleveland High School in Reseda in 1969, before attending Valley College and Los Angeles City College. He had a great passion for the dramatic arts, both screen and stage, and he performed in numerous stage productions in high school and college before moving to San Francisco in 1974 to join the American Conservatory Theater. Brad lived primarily in San Francisco over the next 20 years before moving to Lake Tahoe on a permanent basis. The lake was always a familiar sanctuary for Brad, having spent many summers at Tahoe during his youth.

Two hallmarks of Brad’s life were a love of travel and a love of reading. Beginning with an eight-month trip around the world at age 11, Brad devoted his life to exploring other cultures and learning about ancient languages, history and art. Over his lifetime, his travel adventures took him throughout North and South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia, and Asia Pacific. For many years he professionally capitalized on his love of travel by serving as a tour guide with a deep fascination for history, politics, literature, and science fiction. An avid reader, Brad accumulated an impressive library of historical events and traditions. In particular, Brad closely studied the origins of Roman architecture, governance and culture and how those influences are evident in modern times. He especially enjoyed visiting diverse ancient sites such as the pyramids in Egypt and the great wall in China, and looked for linkages between past civilizations and the present day. Brad’s lifetime love of reading culminated the past year with his employment at Neighbor’s Book Store in South Lake Tahoe, where his knowledge was an invaluable resource in assisting customers. His book reviews regularly appeared in the Tahoe Daily Tribune. He was also employed by and active with the Tahoe Douglas Chamber of Commerce, the South Lake Tahoe Chamber of Commerce and had been a board member of the Douglas County Library Foundation.

Brad is survived by his mother, Dottie Winans Miller and stepfather, Ian Miller, both of Lake Ridge, NV; his brother, Glen Winans, of Santa Cruz, Calif.; his brother, Kurt Winans and sister-in-law Cathy Winans, both of Sparks, NV; and two nephews, Russell Winans of Simi Valley, Calif., and Mitchell Winans of Irvine, Calif.

A Celebration of Brad’s Life will take place on Sept. 1 at 5 p.m. at Edgewood Country Club. Additionally, a tribute will be paid to Brad at this year’s Riva Grill AIDS Benefit for the candor, grace and dignity with which he conducted his life as a person living with AIDS. The benefit is from 6 to 9 p.m. Aug. 29. Dottie Winans Miller will be receiving a posthumous award of recognition on her son’s behalf.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to the Center for AIDS Research, Education and Services (C.A.R.E.S.) which provides specialized medical care to many people living with HIV/AIDS at Tahoe’s South Shore. Please make checks out to C.A.R.E.S. with “Brad Winans” in the memo space and mail to Brad Haines Winans, c/o The Friends of Patrick Bennett, P.O. Box 18282, South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151.

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For further details, please contact family friend Don Regis-Bilar, at (530) 541-7720 or