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James Leonard Bradford
(September 24, 1932 - November 1, 2012)

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James Leonard Bradford

U.S. Veteran

GLENS FALLS --- James Leonard Bradford of Glens Falls, formerly of Staten Island, NY, died peacefully at home after a long journey with Alzheimer's - surrounded by his loving family on Thursday, November 1, 2012. Jim was born “on the kitchen table” on September 24, 1932 at 152 Bodine St., Staten Island. He was the son of Christopher Wallace and Bertha A. (Boelke) Bradford, the youngest of five children Edward, Gladys, Joseph, and Grace. The family later moved to 211 Faber St., Port Richmond, Staten Island. He attended St. Mary’s Elementary School and McKee Vocational High School; where he never missed a day. Jim went on to hold the mile track record at McKee Vocational for many years, after having been “discovered” while chasing down and catching the star track team member for stealing his lunch. After graduation, Jim joined the Naval Reserve while working as a machinist. He enlisted in the Navy, serving from 1953-1955, during the Korean conflict. He served on the USS Tarawa-CV 40 as a fireman 1st class. He then worked as a machinist at Brewers dry dock serving as President of the Union for a few years. In May of 1956 he married Jean Sweeney and they had three children. Elaine Vaughan, Christopher Bradford, and Allison Bradford. They lived in Meiers Corners, Staten Island, NY where Jim was known as “Mr. Fix It”. Anyone who needed something repaired brought it to him, and he happily helped out. After caring for Jean's parents in Glens Falls, Jim and Jean decided to relocate there. He is fondly remembered as someone with a great sense of humor, always clowning around and doing something to make everyone laugh. He was regarded as a compassionate man by taking care of many of his loved ones in their time of need. Jim always had an extra clean handkerchief ready for those who needed it. Jim loved the Mets, camping, and spending time with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed cooking and many of his recipes have been handed down. He was very creative in his home shop where he would take on any household project to building his grandchildren's bunk beds. All of the grandchildren, great-grandchildren and their friends lovingly referred to Jim as “Poppy”. He is survived by his wife and 3 children, grandchildren: James, Erica, David, Alan, Jonathan, Meridith, and Trese, 11 great grandchildren and 2 brothers-in-law and 2 nieces and 3 nephews. Jim was greatly loved and will forever hold a special place in our hearts. Many thanks go out to the generous loving care and assistance from volunteers and staff of High Peaks Hospice, Caritas, many friends from the Kingdom Hall, and neighbors. You are all greatly appreciated. Calling hours are Thursday, November 8, 2012 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at the Maynard Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY with funeral services at 5:45 p.m. Flowers are welcome; Contributions may be sent to: High Peaks Hospice, 667 Bay Rd., Suite 1, Queensbury, NY 12804, The Alzheimer’s Association, P. O. Box 4091, Queensbury, NY 12804, Caritas, 142 Bay St., Queensbury, NY 12804, and The Glens Falls Congregation of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 81 Mohican St., Glens Falls, NY 12801. Condolences may be mailed to Maynard D. Baker Funeral Home, 11 Lafayette St., Queensbury, NY 12804, or e-mailed through www.bakerfuneralhome.com.

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