Leisa Bradley.
Leisa Bradley.

Trip to shops ended in heartbreak

A QUICK kiss goodbye in the early hours of Saturday morning was the last time Craig Bradley saw his wife Leisa.

Later that afternoon, when driving back to their Morganville home after grocery shopping, Mrs Bradley's car hit a tree, killing the 39-year-old step-mother of three and step-grandmother of one.

Mr Bradley had been in Hervey Bay all Friday, running the rides from their business Adrenaline Amusements, and did not return until 1.30am on Saturday.

He then had to leave at about 6.30am to take the business's rides to the Mt Perry Dump Truck Pull.

“So we sort of didn't see each other, it was just a quick kiss goodbye and I was gone,” the devastated husband said.

“I really want her back.”

Mr Bradley said his wife had not planned to go to Gin Gin that day, but changed her mind when she decided to cook him dinner.

The couple, who had known each other for about 12 years, were married in March 2003 after meeting doing work for the Leukaemia Foundation in Redcliffe.

“She was a people person. She just loved interacting with people and she had a really kind heart,” he said.

Mrs Bradley, who until recently worked in the office at Lindsays Bros Transport in Childers, quickly became a second mum to her husband's three children.

“She certainly rubbed off on Holly, she got everything from Leisa — even her mannerisms,” he said.

“She would only have to give (the other two) a look and they made sure they did whatever she was asking.”

Mrs Bradley's mother, Kaylene Burgess, said her daughter had developed a love for volunteering from an early age when she began to work with Crimestoppers in Brisbane aged about 17. “She got involved in lots of different things,” she said.

“She was always on a committee or trying to help out the community in some way.”

Mrs Burgess said her daughter liked to do craftwork and often manned craft stalls that aided charities.

It is not known what caused Mrs Bradley's crash on Walla Road.

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