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Personal Trainer Brad Bolton Remembered as an Inspirational Force
1900 Pico Boulevard
Santa Monica, CA 90405
By Jorge Casuso
August 29, 2019 -- Even as he was stumbling, Brad Bolton tried to lift others up, his former friends say.The personal trainer, who took his life Saturday at age 49, inspired those he knew and mentored -- from Santa Monica and Venice residents to well-known athletes and LA's elite ("Suicide on Saturday Marks Fourth in Downtown Santa Monica Parking Structure in Less than a Year," August 26, 2019).
"He lived for sharing his knowledge of fitness with others," Lake said. "He always had a joke on hand to make us laugh. Brad will be greatly missed."
"Brad brought many folks tons of joy," said Matteo Baker who managed Gold’s Gym for ten years. "He dedicated his life in helping others."
Born in Oklahoma, Bolton made Santa Monica and Venice his home, friends said. He was a fixture on the Santa Monica stairs at 4th street and Adelaide Drive and loved swimming to the buoy off Santa Monica Beach at the crack of dawn.
But behind the confident smile was a man fighting with demons, Carr, his girlfriend, said.
He suffered from "mental health issues" that went untreated and was in and out of rehab, religiously attending AA meetings only to relapse and alienate those who cared for him most.
"I so wanted to make him believe in himself the way he could so magically and gracefully do for others," Carr said.
"No one deserved that feeling of greatness and confidence more than he did. There was just a demon not allowing him to believe that about himself."
Patrick Gavin Alexandar, Bolton's former roommate, recalled how those who knew Bolton had hopes he would pull through because of how special he was and how he treated everyone the same.
"And he always had clients before and after me. He stayed busy when he was devoted to his craft."
Heidi Carigan, a friend of Bolton's, tried summing up his life.
"Brad was an amazing man -- a great personal trainer -- good looking -- always smiling -- willing to help others -- friendly -- and truly cared for people!!!
"I hope he is in peace now -- which is what he deserves! His smile will always be cherished!!! RIP Brad -- you made a positive difference in my and so many other people's lives!"
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