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Thomas H. Bradrick

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BRADRICK, Thomas H. 79, of Centerville, passed away on July 2, 2009. He was born May 16, 1930 in Ashland, KY, to Thomas & Harriet (Whistler) Bradrick. Preceded in death by his parents, beloved step-daughter, Kathryn Smith, and his aunt & uncle, Spencer and Marjora Shank. He is survived by his adoring wife, Anne, his son, David Bradrick & wife, Gerilynn, daughter, Janey Moore & husband, Lance, step-daughter, Kristen Dotson & husband, Mark, step-son, Bart Kaericher & wife, Kelly, 9 grandchildren, Chase & Cole Moore, Allison Smith, Tyler, Savannah & Kylee Dotson, Alexa & Dalton Bradrick and Kendra Kaericher. Tom graduated from the University of Cincinnati with degrees in education and art, and received his Masters in Teaching with a major in Art from Miami University. He retired from teaching in the Dayton Public School System where he taught art for 34 years, 31 of those at Colonel White High School. He received the Dayton Teacher of the Year Award and Outstanding Art Teacher Award from the State of Ohio among many other awards throughout the years. He served as Art Director at Camp Kern and Art Supervisor for Montgomery County Playgrounds as his summer jobs. After retiring, he volunteered at Hithergreen Senior Center as their ceramics instructor. After his USAF Active Duty Service, he went into the Air Force Reserves, where he was Commander of the 4th Supply Squadron Mobile Support, WPAFB, Ohio. He was proud that his squadron received the Nation's Outstanding Air Force Reserve United Award in 1974. He was an artist and juror in the art community of Dayton and a member of DVAC, DSPS and the Cincinnati Art Club. He won numerous awards through the years for his paintings and ceramic pottery. His ceramic pieces, "Annie Pots" and other creations were inspired by nature. As a member of the Centerville Arts Commission, he was chairman for two terms. A member of the Fairhaven Church, he believed "Trust in the Lord." A Celebration of Tom's life will be held at 10:30 am, Wednesday, July 22, 2009 at Fairhaven Church, 637 E. Whipp Rd., Centerville, OH 45459. The family will receive friends prior to the service beginning at 9:30 am. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Imagine 3:20 at Fairhaven Church.
Published in Dayton Daily News on July 12, 2009
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