ELKTON, Fla. - Dr. William T. Bradley Sr., 76, of Elkton, Fla., formerly of 58 South St., Cuba, N.Y., passed away Sunday (Feb. 2, 2014) at his daughter's home after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born April 12, 1937, in Olean, N.Y., he was a son of Hugh E. and Gladys P. Lampe Bradley, Jr.
Mr. Bradley graduated from Olean High School in 1955 and earned a degree in physiological optics and a degree in optometry from the Ohio State University
in 1959 and 1960, respectively. During that time, he was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity. He then went on to graduate from the University of Massachusetts with his doctor of optometry degree in 1962. In 1960, he was involved with the Army Reserve Act in Fort Dix, N.J. for six months and then served four years in the reserves in the dental unit in Georgia.
In January 1963, Bill opened his own practice of optometry, William T. Bradley Optometrist, at 26 Genesee St., Cuba. From 1979 to 1992, he worked for Dr. Kenneth G. VanDine in Wellsville, N.Y. From 1993 to 2003, he worked at several optometry locations in Western New York before retiring to Elkton, Fla.
He was a member of Our Lady of Angles Catholic Church, the St. Vincent DePaul Society, and the Holy Name Society. When his children were young, he coached Little League, Babe Ruth League, and Senior League Baseball and also referred high school basketball. He participated in the Cuba Memorial Hospital ShowTime productions and was a member of the men's chorus.
He is survived by his five children, William T. (Lisa) Bradley Jr. of Cuba, Margaret (Jorge) Tufino of Cuba, Michael (Martha) Bradley of North Lawrence, Kathryn (Donald) Glover of Cuba, and Colleen (Mark) Edwards of Baldwinsville, N.Y.; numerous grandchildren, a great-granddaughter; a brother, Dr. Hugh E. (Carolyn) Bradley of Fairfield, Calif; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was predeceased by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh E. Bradley, Jr.; his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Hugh E. Bradley, Sr.; and Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Lampe; as well as a daughter-in-law, Alicia E. Bradley.
Friends will be received at the Mark F. Rinker Funeral Home & Memorial Service, Inc., 9 Bull St., Cuba, on Sunday (Feb. 9, 2014) from 6 to 9 p.m. A Missa Cantata Requiem Mass will be celebrated on Monday (Feb. 10, 2014) at St. Patricks Roman Catholic Church, Belfast at 10:30 a.m. Fr. Dennis J. Mancuso will be the celebrant. The Rosary will be recited in the funeral home Sunday (Feb. 9, 2014) at 8 p.m. Burial will be in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Cuba.
Memorials if desired may be made to the Allegany County Association for the Blind or to the Lipson Cancer Center, Rochester, N.Y.