Remembering Bob Bradley

Robert Allen Bradley

Bob Bradley passed away peacefully, overlooking Puget Sound’s waters, on September 26th, 2018 with all his children, Bert, Bonnie, Drew and David, and his loving partner Camille Seligman at his side in Seattle, Washington.  He joins his wife Martha Wood Bradley, who passed away in 1999.

Bob was born December 11, 1935 and grew up in Kirkwood, Missouri where he forged a lifetime connection to his early school chums, who continued to get together for decades. He was the son of Richard C. Bradley and Esther Heitz Bradley and is survived by his sister Mary Jeanne Suppiger and brother Richard Bradley, Jr. and his 8 grandchildren.

He attended Purdue University and got his degree in engineering in 1958 and was a proud Sigma Chi. In 1958 he married his sweetheart Marty Wood and they moved to Alexandria, VA where they started a family.  Bob used his technical and business savvy in a career at General Electric and eventually became a V.P in charge of the Commercial Electrical Distribution division.  As a lifetime entrepreneur, his businesses ranged from Bow & Arrows sporting equipment to home electronics promoting early car phones, photo processing equipment innovations and investments in commercial properties.

His curiosity and interest in different cultures and people was a passion that brought him all over the world, including diving in Indonesia, bicycle touring in Europe, years of musical theater in London, and sport fishing in Hawaii.  His geographical research and intrepid travels gave him great joy and stories that inspired those listening.

Even though he was a world traveler, Bob’s favorite place to relax was at his island getaway home on Guemes Island in the San Juans.  For the last 40 years, he enjoyed and shared the quiet beauty of the tidal waters and mountain vistas with great food (including mussels he farmed and crab he caught), wine and lively conversations.   We remember Bob for his generosity and connection with friends and family, keen interest in learning, attention to detail and great sense of humor.

Memorials can be made to Skagit Lands Trust

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