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John Irvin "Jack" Bradshaw, Jr.

82, of Indianapolis, entered the rest of eternal life on January 20, 2013. A faithful Catholic, Jack Bradshaw will be remembered as a humble, kind and loving husband, father, brother, grandfather, and senior tennis champion. He was also a loyal and true friend to many and never knew a stranger. Jack was born October 23, 1930, in Indianapolis, the son of Susan Kathryn (née Thomas) and John I. Bradshaw, Sr., both originally from very large Catholic families in Lebanon, Kentucky, and now deceased. Jack and his younger sister Susan, who became a Sister of Saint Francis in Oldenburg, Indiana, grew up in the Little Flower parish, where they attended church and grade school.

Jack graduated as Salutatorian from Cathedral High School in 1948 while it was still an all-boys school on Meridian Street. He later graduated with a bachelor's (1952) and a law degree (1954) from the University of Notre Dame, where he played saxophone for the Notre Dame Dance and Marching Bands. His jam sessions on the sax and his a capella renditions of the Wabash Cannonball lit up every family gathering.

He began his legal career as a law clerk for the late Judge Charles Fahy of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, then served a compulsory two-year term in the navy as an attorney in the Washington and Annapolis areas. He returned to Indianapolis and joined the law firm of McHale, Cook, and Welch (now Bingham Greenebaum Doll), an affiliation he maintained throughout his life.

While at the firm, he was elected to the House of Representative of the Indiana General Assembly in 1958 and served a two-year term. Jack remained active in Democratic party politics for a number of years, and he was closely involved in the successful campaigns of Senator Birch Bayh and Presidents Lyndon Johnson and John F. Kennedy. When Bayh was elected to the U.S. Senate, Jack served as his legal aide in Indianapolis and assisted him when he co-authored the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution prescribing presidential succession. In 1968 a bankruptcy court appointed him to supervise the reorganization of several real estate trusts, resulting in the creation of Century Realty Trust. Under his leadership as President and CEO, Century became a successful enterprise.

Jack and his father shared a passion for baseball, but Jack switched from baseball to tennis after a high school injury to his catching hand. Jack began playing tennis in the 1940's at Ellenberger Park on the east side of Indianapolis. After graduating from Notre Dame, he continued playing tennis and played on a Navy team while in the service. He met his wife Patricia Kay (née Moseley) on the Tarkington tennis courts on the north side. They began playing tennis together and competed in local mixed doubles tournaments. Later they fell in love and married in 1968, settling in the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish.

Jack honed his skills at the Riviera Club and later played at a nationally competitive level in his senior years. He earned a number of gold, silver, and bronze tennis balls for his singles and doubles performances in the four major national U.S. Tennis Association tournaments in the 75's and 80's senior divisions. In 2010, Jack won the Indoor and Grass Court championships, finished second in the Clay Courts, and placed third in the Hard Courts. This performance earned him a #1 U.S. ranking for the year and a spot on the four-man Team USA at the International Tennis Federation's World Championship in Ankara, Turkey, in 2010 and 2011. There, Jack reached the quarterfinals in singles and finals in doubles, and helped Team USA bring home a silver trophy in 2010 and a World Championship in 2011.

Jack and Pat shared their passion for tennis with their five children, all IHM, Cathedral, and Notre Dame graduates. In 1986 the family was honored as the Western Tennis Association Tennis Family of the Year covering Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, and part of West Virginia. Three of his children went on to play for Notre Dame, and some of his grandchildren have played tennis for Cathedral.

Jack loved his family and extended family, and he kept in regular contact with many of his 98 first cousins. Jack also maintained strong ties to each of his alma maters, meeting with his Cathedral and Little Flower classmates several times a year for decades. He was a long-time member of Cathedral's Board of Directors, received the school's award for distinguished professional achievement in 1998, and served as its Chairman of the Board from 1992-2003. During his tenure as board chair, the school began a $15 million capital campaign, then the largest in its history, which was successfully concluded ahead of schedule. He always felt that the good fortune he received from attending Catholic schools should be available to all, and it was his deep desire to give back to his community by working to make Catholic education affordable to all. Jack also served as president of the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis, and he was named as the club's Man of the Year in 1999.

Jack's regular workouts on the tennis court, moderate lifestyle, and frequent trips to Taco Bell contributed to the excellent health he enjoyed for 82 years. Jack is survived by his wife, Patricia; his five children, Catherine (Jon-Adam) Michael, Ann (Chris) Wojtalik, John (Lizabeth), Thomas (Felicia), and David; and seventeen grandchildren, Cassia, Luke, Sophia, Abraham, Levi, Isaac, Tobin, Sara, Sally, Andrew, Teresa, John Irvin Bradshaw III, Daniel, Mary Lisa, Christopher, Alice, and Thomas. Jack was a guy who did what he loved and loved what he did. He gave of himself to everyone he knew, and he will be deeply missed. "My only regret," he said, "was that I did not deserve the many blessings I received."

A calling will be held today, Tuesday, from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Leppert Mortuary, Nora Chapel , 740 E. 86th, with a funeral mass on Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 5692 Central Ave. You may visit the website: to sign the guestbook or in lieu of flowers a memorial contribution can be made to Cathedral High School.

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Published in The Indianapolis Star on Jan. 22, 2013.
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February 7, 2013
We know Ann and Chris well. I am sure "Dad" is proud of your family and how you have carried on the tennis tradition. Wish we had been home for the Mass to celebrate his life. In Unity, Jim and Millie
Jim Komro
January 31, 2013
Pat, I am so terribly sorry for your loss. I just heard the news today and I have cried many tears for my Jack. My father (Bill Cooney) loved him dearly. My prayers are with you and your entire family.
Sarah Cooney Anderson
January 27, 2013
So sorry to hear of your loss. I'm sure you probably don't remember me but we lived next door to you on Cambell in the late 50's. My mother and dad were Frances and Leonard Pavey and they had 4 children, Judy, Katherine(me), Mike and Mary. My prayers are with you.
Katherine Harvey
January 26, 2013
Jack and Joe Russell, tennis partners
Dear Pat and family: Our thoughts are with you. Jack was certainly one of the finest persons I have had the pleasure of knowing and calling a friend and a tennis partner. Lucy and I especially cherish the wonderful time we spent with Jack and Pat at the World Senior Tennis Championships in Turkey in 2010. We sure miss him. Joe Russell
Joe Russell
January 24, 2013
Dear Pat and family,
I remember Jack at IHM always giving of himself. He will be greatly missed. So sorry to hear of Jack's passing, we all know where he is now, Helping the Lord. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Love, John and Shirley Courter Savannah, Ga.
January 23, 2013
What a great loss to the senior tennis community! A great competitor with a low-key, balanced approach. He will be missed.
Alan Messer
January 23, 2013
I knew Jack from the Birch Bayh days and would run into him from time to time at Cathedral events. The last time I saw Jack was at a funeral at the Little Sisters of the Poor. I always enjoyed reading about Jack's successes on the tennis court. He was a true gentleman and an all-around dear person. My thoughts are with his family.
Pat Long
January 23, 2013
My deepest sympathies to the family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Dick Stein
January 23, 2013
Dear Pat and family,
We are sorry to hear of Jack's passing. We enjoyed seeing you at Will and Jenny Brandt's wedding. Jack was an outstanding example for all of us.May his soul and all the souls of the faithfully departed rest in peace. Mary Beth and Bill Moran, Cincinnati, OH
January 23, 2013
One of the finest people I've ever known. I will miss him at every Cathedral function. Thanks for being a great friend and great man Jack.

God Bless the Bradshaw family.
Danny O'Malia
January 23, 2013
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
ED & Ruth Hanley
January 22, 2013
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jack and his family. A great tennis player and an amazing person. You will be missed
Jose Hanza
January 22, 2013
We're so sorry to hear about Jack's passing. The whole family is in our thoughts and prayers.
Robin & Kim McCart
January 22, 2013
I send my deepest sympathy to the Bradshaw family and celebrate warm memories of many congenial interactions with Mr. Bradshaw at Cathedral and at IHM through the years. Peace to you!
Jo Cavanaugh
January 22, 2013
Mr. Bradshaw will be missed by all. May his memories bring you smiles and laughter during this time of loss.
Rhonda Low
January 22, 2013
Jack was kind and thoughtful with a huge and charitable heart.
He touched many lives and will be long remembered for his many good works and caring friendship.
Nancy Papas
January 22, 2013
The DeWeese family sends its condolences.
January 22, 2013
Jack was a long time friend with a very
loving family. I will miss all our talks
especially the ones involving tennis.
Deepest sympathy to Pat and the entire
Jim Williams
January 22, 2013
Jack was a wonderful man and a true gentleman. I enjoyed spending many hours with him at Cathedral Board and Committee meetings. He was always an even keel for Cathedral and provided excellent leadership. He will be sorely missed.
Jim Alerding
January 22, 2013
Jack has been a wonderful example of a loving husband and father to all who knew him. We will miss him terribly.
Karen Hakonsson
January 22, 2013
Jack's wisdom and patience were an inspiration indeed. I enjoyed many years with Susie at Marian and so I also enjoyed many visits with Jack. Wonderful man who has left a wonderful legacy.
Rosanne Taylor
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