AVON — Jacob Galaday said his dad had just gotten the remote-controlled boat the morning he drowned trying to retrieve it in a pond at South Central Park in North Ridgeville on Wednesday.
Jacob, 17, mourned the death of his father, Bruce Galaday, 47, at the home they shared in Avon on Thursday along with Bruce Galaday’s long-term girlfriend, Aubrey Brashwitz, and her father, Lynn Brashwitz.
“My dad was just an all-around outstanding guy,” Jacob said. “Everything he did was for me and the people he loved and cared about. It’s sad that something like this had to happen so early.”
According to the North Ridgeville Fire Department, a call came in to 911 about 6:43 p.m. Wednesday about a man who entered the water to retrieve a remote-controlled boat and began to struggle.
Galaday was found on the pond floor at 7:09 p.m. He was taken to University Hospitals St. John Medical Center in Westlake, where he was pronounced dead.
“He was an outdoorsy have-fun guy that that would be there in a New-York-damn minute if you needed him,” Lynn Brashwitz said.
Aubrey Brashwitz described Galaday as someone who was “full of life.”
He was into riding his motorcycle, hunting and fishing. The remote-control boat was a new hobby, she said.
“Every single day we’d go out and do something,” Jacob said. “He was really excited about it.”