Columbia Congregational Church
325 Route 87
Columbia, CT 06237
Memorial service
Sunday, Jun. 9, 2019
3:00 PM
Columbia Congregational Church
325 Route 87
Columbia, CT
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Bruce E. Bradford

1923 - 2019 Obituary Condolences
Bruce E. Bradford Obituary
Bruce Bradford of Columbia, Connecticut died peacefully in his sleep on March 26th in Port St. Lucie, Florida. Bruce was born on December 5,1923 in Fitchburg, MA and had reached the healthy age 95 years when he died of complications resulting from pneumonia. In 1941, Bruce joined the US Navy as an Ensign and served in the Atlantic Fleet during World War II. Following the war and using the GI bill, he earned his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Education from Boston University. In 1965 he went on to earn his Doctorate in Education from the University of Connecticut. He was hired as the high school principal in Westboro, MA. where he met his future wife, Erica Cushing. In 1965 they moved to Columbia, CT where they settled into a small, old farm house on 98 acres of land. Bruce served as Associate Dean of Student Affairs at Eastern Connecticut State University in Willimantic for 22 years retiring in 1987. He leaves behind his wife Erica and his sons Tom Hellman and his wife Linda of Palm Coast FL, Ken Bradford and his wife Susan of Hubberston, MA, Robert Bradford of Columbia CT , David Bradford and his wife Dody of Houston, TX and daughters Andrea Bradford Ezerins and her husband Edgar of Hebron, CT and Valerie Bradford of Colchester CT. He is also survived by 8 grandchildren and 2 great granddaughters. A memorial Service will be held at 3 PM at the Columbia Congregational Church, 325 Route 87, Columbia on June 9, 2019.


Published in The Hartford Courant on Apr. 14, 2019
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