Bradley David Jenkins

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Bradley David Jenkins, 42, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., and previously of Clifford, Pa., passed away suddenly on Nov. 22, 2018, in Naples, Fla.

Bradley was born Dec. 31, 1975, in Lackawanna County, the son of Ralph David Jenkins and wife, Patricia, of Montrose, Pa., and Sandra Ruth Mowry and husband, Dennis, of Clifford. A graduate of Mountain View High School, he was a slam-dunk specialist in basketball and active in track and field events. He was eighth in the state of Pennsylvania in the high-jump in 1995 and also ran the 100m, 200m, 4 x 100m relay, triple jump, long jump and shot-put.

As an adult, he continued lifting weights and playing basketball, track and field and ice hockey. He also enjoyed watching sports, especially the New York Yankees, Chicago Bears and the Pittsburgh Penguins. His favorite basketball player was Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls.

He got his start as a chef in his hometown at the Clifford Hotel in Clifford. He became known for his signature "Brad's Wing Pizza," which was a top seller and is still asked about 20-plus years later. He was most recently the executive chef at TPC Treviso Bay in Naples. Previously, he had worked as the executive chef at Colonial Country Club in Ft. Myers, Fla.; executive chef and food and beverage manager at Sandpines Resort in Florence, Ore.; executive sous chef at Ocotillo Golf Club in Chandler, Ariz.; executive sous chef at San Marcos Resort & Conference Center, Chandler; executive chef at Copper River Princess Wilderness Lodge, Copper Center, Alaska; chef de cuisine at the AZ Kitchen at the Wigwam Resort, Litchfield Park, Ariz. He was a certified executive chef from the American Culinary Federation. While working at the AZ Kitchen at the Wigwam Resort in Litchfield Park, (a four-star, four-diamond resort), he trained under former White House executive chef John Hill. He was nominated for food and beverage professional of the year for Troon Golf in 2014.

He had a zest for life like no other. He loved spending time with his wife and children and spending time outdoors, especially around the fire pit. He loved to make people laugh. He also enjoyed playing guitar and was compassionate and always willing to teach. A very loving and lovable person, he was very humble and patient but also fearless.

Along with his parents, he is survived by his wife, Tanisha Natoya Samuels-Jenkins; and former wife, Suki Little Jenkins, and their children, Maya Jamie Jenkins, age 9, and Elias David Jenkins, age 7; his brother, Matthew Duane Jenkins and wife, Marisella, of Tempe, Ariz.; and by his paternal grandmother, Martha Ann Rizzo Jenkins, of Harford, Pa.; as well as many beloved aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by his paternal grandfather, David Richard Jenkins; and maternal grandparents, Duane Oswald and Marion Ruth Johnson.

The family would like to thank the management and staff of Treviso Bay Country Club for their outpouring of support at this difficult time.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. at Montrose United Methodist Church, 526 Church St., Montrose, Pa. The Rev. Douglas Sivers will officiate.

Visitation will be from 1 p.m. until time of service.

In lieu of flowers, donations and condolences can be offered at 95 Lake Shore Drive, Montrose.

Arrangements by Jacob Davis Funeral Home, Taylor, Pa.
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Published in Scranton Times on Dec. 6, 2018