WILLIAM EDWARD BRADLEY Retired local business man, Bill Bradley died Wednesday evening, Nov. 7, 2012, at Enloe Hospital in Chico, at the age of 83. He had been a Chico resident for the past 50 years. Bill was born in Pasadena, CA in 1929 and attended Monrovia, Arcadia, and Duarte High School in Southern California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1946, served in the Southwest Pacific under General Robert Eichelberger, and was subsequently assigned to a military police unit charged with guarding Mrs. Douglas MacArthur during the Occupation of Japan. After being honorably discharged from the Army in 1948, Bradley worked as a foreman at Fletcher Aviation in Pasadena, a company that manufactured metal wing tanks for the Lockheed P-80 Shooting Start, the first operational American jet fighter. In 1950, Bill married and started a family, which he relocated to Sacramento in 1955. In 1958, he went to work for Plumbing and HVAC wholesaler Slakey Bros., and was instrumental in founding its Chico branch in 1962. In his 28 years with that company, he served as salesman and branch manager until his retirement in 1986. For the next 20 years, he was co-owner of the Spa Broker in Chico. Bill Bradley was an avid fisherman, a longtime member of Bidwell Park Golf Course, and a loyal fan of both the San Francisco Giants and the 49ers. Mr. Bradley is survived by his wife of 62 years, Helen Bradley; his children, Mark Bradley of Sacramento, Linda Koontz of Paradise, CA, and David Bradley, also of Paradise; his grandchildren, Mollie Martin of Seattle, WA, Chuck Bradley of Chico, Bill Koontz of Monterey, CA, and Katie and Kelly Bradley, both of Paradise; along with his two great-grandchildren, Sabina and Simon Martin of Seattle. A private memorial service for Mr. Bradley is planned for later this month.
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Published in Chico Enterprise-Record on Nov. 13, 2012