Joe, 63, died at home in Poway with his family around him on November 28, 2013, after a short battle with cancer. He was peaceful, and not in pain when he passed.
Joe was born August 3, 1950, in Columbus, Ohio, to John and Mary Bridgman and was the first of three children. John, Mary and Joe moved to California in the mid 50's and bought their first home in Poway in 1958, where the family was raised and remains to this day.
Joe was preceded in death by his mother and father, John and Mary Bridgman and his brother, Bill Bridgman. He is survived by his sister, Tina (Bridgman) Martedi of Vista, CA; brothers, Scott Bridgman of Poway and John Bridgman of Columbus, Ohio. Joe has several nieces and nephews in California, Ohio and the Pacific Northwest.
Joe spent over 30 years in the field of security and access control locking devices. He was highly respected for his knowledge and ability to design systems for projects such as the San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant, the San Diego Convention Center and many hospital and college campuses.
Joe's true love was for the track. Horses! He was a member of the Del Mar Thoroughbred Club, an avid handicapper, and loved to share his knowledge with others about "the ponies". He made several trips to Churchill Downs for the Kentucky Derby.
Joe also loved the coast, as he made it his home for the past 30 years. Whether it was simply lying in the sun, walking on the beach or just watching the sunset, the beach is where you could always find him. Joe also was an avid Padre's, Laker and Charger fan and he could swing a mean golf club as well.
Joe had an easy going disposition, he was quiet, reserved and always had a smile on his face. He was slow to anger and you could tell him anything, as he always had an ear to listen.