Charles W. Bradley, Jr. (Brad) died on Wednesday morning, June 7, 2017 at his home in Oak Bluffs, MA. He is survived by the love of his life and as he still called her, his bride, Mary Ann (Roberts) Bradley and their children, Lynda Bradley-Guerra of Ellicott City, MD; Charles W. Bradley III and his wife Tolu, of Milton, MA; Susan Ifill and her wife Lynell James of West Orange, NJ, and John W. R. Bradley of Roxbury, MA.
Brad was born in Lynn, MA on March 6, 1933 the son of Charles W. Bradley Sr. and Florence M. (Fowler) Bradley. He enlisted in the Army during the Korean Conflict and was stationed in Germany. After his discharge Charles re-enlisted with the Air Force for another four years as an MP stationed in the Azores, Andrews Air Force Base, Westover Air Force Base and Camp McCoy.
When he returned he attended Northeastern University, graduating in 1979. He worked as a Superintendent of the U.S. Postal Service for 24 years; he also worked as a salesman for Paine Furniture, and the Mailroom Supervisor for American Student Assistance. Brad loved his family dearly, adored his girlfriend as he addressed his wife of over 60 years and enjoyed deep sea fishing. He was a member and past President of the Sea and Surf Anglers’ Club in Boston and the sister club Blue Water Anglers in Bermuda.
In retirement, Brad continued to give of himself as an Eucharistic Minister, and volunteer for Meals-On-Wheels, Oak Bluffs Senior Center, Birthright, and anytime someone needed a helping hand. He had an outsized sense of humor, and was extremely witty; no one was spared and he was endeared to all whether you met him for the first time, or he knew you a lifetime.
In addition to his wife and children he is survived by his sisters Carole Smith, Deanna (Dee Dee) Davis, and Deborah Potter and her husband Timothy; his seven grandchildren: Sean, Jason, Christopher, Nicole, Monique, Joshua and Julia and his three great grandchildren Michael, Eva and James. He was predeceased by his siblings Michael Bradley, Ellen Bradley, and Edward Bradley.
His funeral mass will be held in St. Patrick’s Church, 511 Main Street, Falmouth on Monday, June 12 at 11:00am. A eulogy reading by the family will begin at 10:45am.
A visitation period will be held in Chapman, Cole and Gleason Funeral Home, 475 Main Street, Falmouth beginning at 9:00am for family and friends.
Donations may be made in his memory to Windemere Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, PO Box 1747, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557.