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1938 - 2013 | Obituary Condolences
Richard Bradshaw Obituary
Richard Allen Bradshaw of Houston passed away on October 12, 2013, at the age of 75 after a lengthy illness. A native of the city, he was born on September 26, 1938, to Norma Elliot of New Orleans and John McCullough Bradshaw (aka "Jack") of Houston. Richard was smart from the get-go. He graduated from St Thomas High School a year earlier than his peers. He attended St Thomas University and then the University of Houston, and in 1963 he graduated from the University of Houston Law School. During college Richard married Patricia Anne Julian, and by the age of 22 he had three daughters-Julie, Kathleen, and Colleen. Richard worked at the Southern Pacific Railroad, as his grandfather and father had before him, to support his young family during his post-high school education. After earning his law degree, he practiced as an attorney in Houston and Corpus Christi, both in private practices and as an Assistant District Attorney in Nueces County. But the law was not Richard's only profession. He was also a gifted actor who became a member of the reperatory troupe at the Old Globe Theater in San Diego, and later earned a Masters Degree in Theater from Wayne State University. In places in between, he was a gambler at the dog tracks and in the card houses, a cab driver, a ghostwriter, a waiter at Commander's Palace in New Orleans, and a carpet salesman. He was a dedicated and prolific artist, a long-time and sober member of Alcoholics Anonymous, and a devoted (though often frustrated) Astros and Oilers/Texans fan.
Richard's first marriage to Patti ended after 10 years, and he later married Nellie Younger, with three kids of her own- Jeff Sherrill and Cole and Lesli Younger. Although their marriage ended several years thereafter, and Richard remained unmarried until his death, his life was not without love. He adored his children and grandchildren, and they returned his love ten-fold. His grandkids thought the world of him, and not just because he visited with pockets stuffed full of candy, but also because he so freely showed them that each of them was special. They could joke with him and confide in him. He was a kind, sensitive, and gentle fellow, and his family and friends will miss him dearly.
Richard is survived by daughter Kathleen Bradshaw and her husband Matthew T. McCracken; grandchildren Joshua Phillips, Christopher Phillips, Jes Bradshaw, Zachary Phillips, and Conor McCracken; great-grandson Avery Phillips; brother John Elliot Bradshaw and wife, Karen; nephews John Elliot Bradshaw Jr. and Joseph Bradley Isaacs; nieces Brenda Isaacs Booth and Ariel Harper Bradshaw; and aunt, Miriam Elliot Nolen. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jack and Norma, his sister Barbara Ann Bradshaw, and his beloved daughters Julie Anne Bradshaw and Colleen Marie Lyon.
A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 20, 2013 from 3:00 o'clock to 6 in the afternoon at the Bradshaw-Carter Funeral Home, 1734 West Alabama Street. A memorial Mass will be held on Monday, October 21, 2013 at 10:00 o'clock in the morning officiated by Rev. Carl Tenhundfeld, at All Saints Catholic Church, 215 East 10th Street, Houston, Texas 77008. A private burial to follow.
Published in Houston Chronicle on Oct. 17, 2013
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