A private service will be held in Vermont in the spring for our beloved husband, father and grandfather, Thomas Henry Bradley, who passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 16.
He was born in Springfield on Aug. 16, 1926, son of Leonard Samuel Bradley and Aurelia Dandenault Bradley. He was one of 10 children.
He attended schools in Springfield and Woodstock. On his 17th birthday he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corp. After training as a telephone operator for the 4th Marine Division, he was shipped out to the South Pacific, fighting in the Battles of Saipan, Tinian and Iwo Jima, earning a medal for sharp shooting along the way. At the end of the war, he was honorably discharged at the age of 19.
Upon his return to Vermont he worked various jobs, beginning his plumbing career at Ralph E. Morgan & Sons Plumbing and Heating in 1948. He opened his own plumbing and heating business, Marshall Bradley Plumbing and Heating in 1955. He then started Thomas H. Bradley Plumbing and Heating in 1973, which is still operation and is run by his sons Robert and Steven.
On Nov. 21, 1946, he married the love of his life, Norma Gray Hill Bradley. Together they raised five wonderful children on Maple Street in Woodstock, at a time when there were 50 children living on this street. The family moved to Barnard in 1965.
He was an avid sports fan, enjoying basketball, baseball and football, but golf was his passion. At the age of 84 he could still occasionally hit a golf ball 200 yards. He and Norma were members of the Sugarhouse Swingers and the Twin State Round and Square dancers for many years. He also earned numerous awards for his shooting prowess as a member of the Prosper Rifle Club.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years; his children: Karen Lewis and her husband Butch, Barbara Frizzell and her husband Philip, Robert Bradley and his wife Michelle, Steven Bradley and his companion Nancy Haynes, Jayne Straight and her husband Ray; eight grandchildren: Jim L. Lewis Jr., Kristine Urban, Tom Frizzell, Justin Bradley, Steven Newcomb, Matthew Frizzell, Jillian Hackett and Kate Carey; his brother James Bradley and his wife Margaret; his sister Arlene Grover; his brother-in-law James S. Lewis; 11 great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by his parents, four brothers, Samuel Bradley, Leo Bradley, Robert Bradley, and Philip Bradley, and three sisters Hildreth Parchark, Frances Robinson, and Catherine Fish.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom’s memory to a charity of your choice.
This obituary first appeared in the March 27, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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