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Brandon firefighter remembered

Brandon firefighter Dewitt Clinton "Brad" Bradbury, Jr., age 74, died April 2 at his home in Brandon.

Bradbury was born in Newark, N.J., on June 23, 1935. He was the son of Dewitt and Anna (Eckert) Bradbury, Sr., he grew up in Union, N.J., where he received his education in local schools. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army having served in Europe.

Following his honorable discharge he returned home and began a career in the sheet metal fabrication and installation business, for ventilation systems. He retired to Brandon in 1996 moving from Clark, N.J.

As a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, he dedicated his time to the Boy Scouts and Sea Explorers. Brad was a fireman first, always willing to lend a hand, serving 23 years with the fire department and later volunteering with the Brandon Fire Department for over 14 years. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed traveling and camping and later in life became the president of the Otter Valley Good Sam's Club. He also belonged to the Neshobe Sportsman Club. He was a member of the Sheet Metal Workers Union Local 22 for over 40 years. His involvement within the communities of where he lived has earned him many friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Surviving is his wife of 17 years; Marie Olsen Bradbury of Brandon, two sons Ronald Bradbury and his wife Marilyn and Clint Bradbury all who reside in New Jersey, six grandchildren, five stepsons and four step grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife Joan Erla and his brother Richard Bradbury.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 8, at St. Michael's Church Burial with Military Honors will follow in Hollywood Memorial Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in lieu of flowers may be made, in his memory to the Brandon Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Chief Robert Kilpeck, 29 Walnut St, Brandon 05733.

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