Richard J. Bradley
1928 ∼ 2017
Richard J. Bradley 88 of Bridgewater died January 9, 2016 unexpectedly at South Shore Hospital. Richard was born in Concord, son of the late Gertrude I. (Miller) and William B. Bradley. Mr. Bradley was raised and educated in Bridgewater. Richard was co captain of his high school football team and President of his graduating class of 1948 and there Richard met his high school sweetheart , his late wife "DeDe". Richard worked for a short time at Lucini Shoe Company after graduation. After his marriage he worked on the DeVito farm with his father in law Ralph. Richard went on to receive the "outstanding young farmer" award in Massachusetts. When farming declined he went to school nights at Northeastern University and graduated with a degree in building management. He went on to build many of the houses on elm street in Bridgewater. He was always involved in Bridgewater politics where he served on the Bridgewater-Raynham High School board for over 20 years. Dick oversaw the building of Bristol-Plymouth Vocational High School and remained on staff for many years as the plant manager until his retirement. He loved boating and could always be found in the summer at Point Independence Yacht Club in Onset with his wife on the Waltzing Matilda.
Richard was involved in many clubs including the Lions, Elks and Vets Club to name only a few.
He was the loving husband of 67 years to the late Matilda V. (DiVito) Bradley and devoted father of Ralph W. Bradley and his wife Patrice of Bridgewater and Susan E. Bradley of Weymouth. Proud “Grampa” of Amy, Melissa, Rachel, Richard and great grampa to Vinny. Brother of William Bradley, Mary Bradley and James Bradley.
Family and friends are cordially invited to the Prophett-Chapman, Cole & Gleason Funeral Home, 98 Bedford St. Bridgewater on Monday Jan. 16th at 9:00am.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, 103 Center St. Bridgewater at 10:00am.
Visitation will be held at the funeral home on Sunday from 3-6pm.
Burial at St. Thomas Aquinas Cemetery.