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Brad Matthew Fuglei
Birth: Jun. 13, 1982, USA
Death: Nov. 16, 2001
Nebraska, USA

Scott, Fuglei is survived by his Mother Nancy Fuglei and father, Bruce Fuglei of Missoula, Mont.; brother Patrick of Missoula, Mont.; sister Sarah Fuglei of Omaha; and grandparents Noel and Dee Fuglei and Paul and Betty Pearson, all of Omaha.


Family and friends of 19-year-old Brad Matthew Fuglei of Omaha remained bewildered Sunday on why the talented and outwardly upbeat youth took his own life Friday.

The 2001 graduate of North High School was found Friday afternoon by his mother, Nancy Fuglei, at the family home at 4312 Larimore Ave.

An Omaha police report indicated that Fuglei was found unconscious in the driver's seat of his car, which was parked and running in the garage. A suicide note was found in the house.

Openly acknowledging his own homosexuality at age 14, Fuglei organized gay-rights rallies and worked with Gay Straight Alliances at area schools.

Fuglei was part of an unsuccessful effort to amend a nondiscrimination policy in the Millard school district to address gay issues. He also was featured in a November 1998 World-Herald article after he organized a vigil following the slaying of a gay college student in Wyoming. (Reprinted below)

As a student at North High School, Fuglei was senior class president and homecoming king in 2001, a student council officer, a member of the National Honor Society and a performer in numerous theatrical productions, most recently in the Omaha Theater Company for Young People's production of "The King and I" in June.

Fuglei began attending classes in theater and music at Columbia College in Chicago this year but voluntarily withdrew this fall, said Scott Fuglei, his brother, of Davis, Calif.

"Brad said he was having some trouble and wasn't planning on going back to school right now," his brother said. "Some people just aren't ready for college right after high school, and I think Brad was one of them."

Fuglei seemed enthused about college when he returned to Omaha and visited his former North High School principal, Bernice Nared, who now is principal at Northwest High School.

"His appearance was very jovial, and he was telling me all the things he was doing in college," Nared said. Scott Fuglei said that his brother had a strong drive to excel but that he never knew a more giving person. "He was a very open person and shared everything," he said.
 
 
Burial:
Forest Lawn Memorial Park
Omaha
Douglas County
Nebraska, USA
 
Created by: Shawn Arthur Wells
Record added: Jan 16, 2009
Find A Grave Memorial# 32954029
Brad Matthew Fuglei
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Brad Matthew Fuglei
Added by: Shawn Arthur Wells
 
Brad Matthew Fuglei
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 Added: Feb. 24, 2013

- Lance
 Added: Sep. 1, 2012
I've been thinking about you alot lately and I can sense your presence. More than ten years have gone by and I still can't believe your gone. I miss you so much words can't begin to describe. I will never forget you as long as I live. You touched so many ...(Read more)
- Vincent Rizzotto
 Added: May. 30, 2012
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