Francis Bradford Obituary – CA

FRANCIS H. BRADFORD Francis Bradford died peacefully at his Berkeley California home November 8th 2005. Born in Arbuckle CA. November 7th 1908, Francis had just attained his 97th birthday the day before his passing. Loving husband and brother, Francis was predeceased by his first wife Agnes Othelia Carson, 15 years, and second wife Helen Roberta de Roco, 51 years, Brother Wilmer Bradford and Sister Thelma Bradford. Francis is survived by his Son Joseph Bradford, Daughter Carolyn Evered, Son-in-law Michael Evered, Daughter-in-law Annette Bradford and grand children Kathleen Filice, Thomas Bradford, Bradford Evered, and Megan Evered. Francis also has numerous surviving cousins and nieces in the Bradford and Wohlfrom families. Francis had nicknames. “Brad”, “Uncle Buster” and “Lo Lo”, loved nicknames from his family and his dedicated loving caregivers. Brad’s childhood was centered on a self supporting Arbuckle CA. farm and he related many memories of the farm. The family grew their own food, raised animal stock, and worked the land with horses and mules until the first gasoline tractors and automobiles arrived. Brad attended grade school at Arbuckle elementary school and high school at Pierce Joint Union High School in College City CA. where Brad was student body president during his senior year. After high school Brad attended Stanford University where he graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Brad’s engineering career encompassed employment with Link Belt Co., Hall-Scott Motor Co. and Grove Valve and Regulator Co. A member of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Brad had a keen interest in automotive vehicles, power systems and new concepts and designs. His fondest work experiences were with the Hall-Scott Motor Co. a manufacturer of high performance gasoline engines used in rail cars, aircraft, trucks, busses and marine applications. At the time of his death, Brad had nearly completed his book on the history of the Hall-Scott Motor Co. The book will be completed next month and presented to SAE for publication by co-author Ric A. Dias, PhD History, U.C. Riverside. Brad also maintained his interest in farming activity, working with contracted farmers in Colusa and Yolo Counties growing wheat, barley, hay and row crops on land inherited from his family. Brad was devoted to his family and grandchildren giving special attention to their personal and financial needs, and education. His greatest loves were his two wives, children, grandchildren, automotive engineering, farming and completing his book. A celebration of life will be held at Holy Spirit Parish – Newman Hall, 2700 Dwight Way, Berkeley CA. 94704 on Wednesday November 30 2005, 10:00 a.m. A reception will follow at the Bradford home, 55 Gypsy Lane Berkeley. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations may be made to Holy Spirit Parish – Newman Hall, or the American Cancer Society P.O. Box 22718 Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718

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