Shirley L. (Cann) Bradley

May 5th, 2013

Shirley Louise Bradley, age 79, of Reading, formerly a long time resident of Wilmington, died peacefully on May 4, 2013, at the Wilmington Health Care Center in Wilmington.

Shirley was born on November 2, 1933, in Stoneham, MA, she was the cherished daughter of the late John W.H. and Charlotte M. (Hunt) Cann.  Shirley was raised and educated in Malden and was a graduate of Malden High School.  Shirley went on to get her Degree in Education at Salem State College and became a School Teacher for the City of Malden for several years.

Shirley met her “high school sweetheart,” William A. Bradley, Jr. at the age of fourteen.  They were married in 1956, they shared over fifty-six years of marriage, raised a wonderful family, and made countless memories to share with generations to come.  Shirley and Bill moved to Wilmington in 1958, where they raised their four children, Paul, David, Lynne and Scott, they were Shirley’s pride and joy.

Shirley’s devotion to her family was evident, she was always doing something for someone, family was most important to her.  When Shirley became a  “Grammy” she cherished every moment spent with her four grandchildren and she doted on them.

In her spare time, Shirley loved to travel with family and friends.  She also loved to be outdoors, especially working in her yard and caring for her flowers. Shirley will be remembered as an avid Red Sox fan and enjoyed watching countless games with family and friends.

Shirley will be fondly remembered for her kind and caring ways and for her unconditional love of family and friends.  She will be greatly missed.

Shirley was the beloved wife of William A. Bradley, Jr., devoted mother of Paul Bradley and his wife Barbara of Derry, N.H., David Bradley of Lowell, Lynne Oliver of Reading and Scott Bradley of Malden, loving “Grammy” of William, Mike, Toni and Keith, great – grandmother of Dustin, Liam and Khloe, cherished daughter of the late John W.H. and Charlotte M. (Hunt) Cann, loving sister of Marilyn McLaughlin of Salem, N.H. and sister in law of Marcia Spears of Acton.

Family and friends will gather for visitation at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Tuesday, May 7th from 10:00 to11:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Funeral Home Service at 11:00 a.m.  Interment to follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody.  In lieu of flowers donations in Shirley’s memory may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant Street, Watertown, MA 02472.


6 Entries in Guest Book for “Shirley L. (Cann) Bradley”

  1. Domenic Sanfilippo says:

    my deepest sympathies to you and your family.

  2. Yuping Su says:

    Scott, my sincere condolence to you and your family…

  3. Mike Hayde says:

    I am sorry to hear about that. Shirley was a very nice lady. Please pass on my condolences to Bill and Family.

    Love Mike

  4. Karen O'Reilly says:

    Mrs. Bradley was like another mother to me growing up. She holds a very special place in my heart. My thoughts are with you all Scott, Lynne, Paul, David, Mr. Bradley and family. Sending my love to you all, Karen (Ross) O’Reilly

  5. Joshua Fickett says:

    Scott, I am really sorry to hear about your loss.

  6. Anthony Owumi says:

    Deepest sympathies for your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

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