Bradford A. Kay
Bradford A. Kay, lover of God and follower of Jesus, departed this life for his eternal home on January 14, 2021. His departure was sudden. He died in an accident while working outdoors, something in which he took great pleasure.
Brad was born in 1946 and spent his childhood in New Jersey. After Graduation from Boonton High School, he joined the U.S. Navy and spent 4 years as an Air Traffic Controller. While still in the Navy, he married Renee Shambo, who was his partner in life for 51 years. Following discharge from the Navy, Brad earned a Master of Science in Microbiology from San Diego State University (1975) and a Doctor of Public Health from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (1982).
Much of his career was spent outside the U.S. He worked for Johns Hopkins University in Peru and Bangladesh; for the University of Maryland Center for Vaccine Development in Baltimore, for the Center for Disease Control in Atlanta; for the Navy Medical Research Unit in Egypt; and for the World Health Organization in Africa, France and Switzerland. In retirement, Brad taught microbiology at Indian River State College.
Wherever the Kays lived, they made friends and were part of a church family. Brad taught Sunday School and worked with young people. Brad was out-going, energetic, and had a sense of humor. His passion for Christ gave him compassion for people. His life was a fulfillment of this calling. He will be greatly missed by many, especially his wife Renee, his sister Barbara Kay Eisenbach, his brother John F. Kay Jr., their families, his cousin David Stone, and his friends and neighbors. "Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his faithful servants." Ps. 116:15 (NIV)
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
Published in TC Palm from Jan. 20 to Jan. 24, 2021.