Edward G. Bradbury, Sr.

May 27th, 2015

Edward G. Bradbury, Sr., fondly known as “Pa” to his family and friends, age 90, of Wilmington, died peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on May 23, 2015.

Ed was born in Bay Roberts, Newfoundland, Canada, on September 12, 1924; he was the beloved son of the late William and Annie (Morgan) Bradbury. Following the death of his parents at a young age, Ed went to live with his beloved aunt and uncle Fred and Edith Spracklin in Wakefield. Ed moved to Chelsea with his family where he was educated and was a graduate of Chelsea High School.

Ed was inducted into the United States Army on April 19, 1943; he proudly served as a Private with the 320th Infantry Regiment Medical Detachment Unit during World War II. Ed served in the Battle of the Bulge and earned several commendations including the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Theatre Campaign Ribbon, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Campaign Ribbon, the Combat Medical Badge, and a Bronze Star for his bravery. Ed was honorably discharged on March 21, 1946.

Following his return to Massachusetts, Ed went on to earn his Master’s Degree in Education at Tufts University in Somerville. Ed took a teaching position at Wilmington High School in the mid 1950’s but went on to continue his career as a Math Teacher for the City of Arlington for over 20 years.
Ed married his “sweetheart” and “best friend” Myrtle LeGrow on June 3, 1950; sharing almost 65 years of marriage and making countless memories to be shared for generations to come.

Ed’s family was always his first priority; he built their home in Wilmington with a lot of love and pride as well as his superb craftsmanship. Ed also enjoyed taking his family camping, trips to the Beach and Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire, cross country excursions, and back to Bay Roberts in Newfoundland, Canada to visit extended family.

In later years, Ed and his wife Myrtle loved to go to auctions, flea markets, antique shops, and yard sales just to find that unique treasure that they could feature at their family business, Myrtle’s Thrift Shoppe in Wakefield.

Ed will be fondly remembered as a wonderful husband, father, “Pa”, brother, uncle, a good neighbor, and a true friend to many. He will be missed.

Ed was the beloved husband of Myrtle I. (LeGrow) Bradbury, devoted father of Edward G. Bradbury and his wife Jannell of Merrimac, Carol Bradbury and her companion Leo Iacopucci of Bradford, Earl Bradbury of Wilmington, Paul Bradbury of Methuen, and David Bradbury and his wife Gayle of North Andover. Loving “Pa” of Sheila Ricchi, Laura Bradbury, Jonathan Bradbury, Ashley Bradbury, Sarah Zompa, Rebecca Bradbury, Melissa Gagerges, Earl Bradbury Jr., Rachael Bradbury, Mary-Ellen Bradbury, Aidan Bradbury, Madison Bradbury, and great-grandchildren Makenzie, Travis, Shaun, Lily, and Alton. Dear brother of Ralph Bradbury of Canada, Ethel Goodwin of Holyoke, the late William Bradbury, David Bradbury, Laura Bradbury, and was most recently pre-deceased by his brother George Spracklin of Everett. Ed is also survived by many nieces, nephews, and his former daughter-in-law Gerry-Anne Sullivan.

At Ed’s request his funeral services will be private. Memorial donations in his name may be made to the Home Base Program, c/o MGH Development Office, 100 Cambridge Street, 13th Floor, Boston, MA 02114.


10 Entries in Guest Book for “Edward G. Bradbury, Sr.”

  1. Peggy Dawson says:

    Myrtle & Family thinking of you at the loss of your husband father my deepest sympathy

  2. Gail pettiglio says:

    I am so sorry for your loss, your dad was a great man keep all your good memories close to your heart and I wish the best for your mom,,,, miss you all..

  3. Greg Sullivan says:

    Dear Dave and Family,
    I’m so sorry to hear the news. I remember the old days hanging around “the path” (obscured by the barn your Dad built) and every so often hearing your Dad’s voice…”Move along you bunch of animals!”. Always said with a smile on his face and your dog Penny by his side. I remember those days fondly. May you and your family take comfort in memories like these that you have of your Dad.

  4. Vinny Zappulla says:

    Hi Ed;
    Just heard of your Dads passing, I’m sorry for your loss. My sincerest condolences to you and your family. I’m sure he will be greatly missed.
    Take care my friend.

  5. Gerry Duggan says:

    Hi Ed and family, had heard from rick you Dad wasn’t doing well, was told today by Paul Burke he passed away. So many memories over so many years. Remember your Dad when I was at WHS and when I joined the Fire Dept. Your Mom on her regular walks, our times together at the station and Ossipee. Was always fascinated by the “Treasures” your Mom and Dad had around the Beacon St house. Hope to see some of you folks soon.
    fondly Gerry

  6. Bayles family says:

    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Ed. He was a great man. Thanks to his support as well as Myrtles, my dad is successful in the antique business. It was Ed who encouraged him to take a chance and go for it.
    He will be greatly missed. Please give our love to Myrtle. Our condolences to your family during this difficult time. May he rest in peace.

  7. Mike Champoux says:

    On behalf of the Board of Selectmen, please allow me to extend my most sincere condolences to the Bradbury family. We share in your sorrow.

  8. Pat & Ernie Houle says:

    Dave ,Gayle and Bradbury family, so sorry for your loss, please except our condolences to you at this difficult time,, may he rest in peace

  9. Lori Comeau says:

    I am truly sorry for the loss of your dad. My heart breaks for you my friend. I hope you, your mum and your brothers are able to find peace in knowing his pain and suffering has ended… My heartfelt sympathy to you all.
    Blessings to you all..

  10. Clyde & Julia Awad says:

    Our friendship started when we both lived in Malden Mass.– so many years ago!
    I am so sad to get this info. We spent hours riding our bikes! And after We moved to Ca. we just lost touch! Then about 5 years ago I found Ed and his Myrtle & met his 2 great sons.I just found out & I have been trying to email Ed. When I received no reply I checked with my sisters & found this sad news.
    Rest in peace old friend
    Love from Clyde & Julia.

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