~ IN MEMORY ~
Military veteran, NWA/DL Capt. William B. Bradford
March 29, 1951 ~ December 3, 2016
Notification with the passing of retired Republic/Northwest/Delta pilot Captain William B. Bradford, age 65. I believe he was Detroit based but my information is very limited.
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Captain Bradford’s obituary indicates funeral services will be held this Friday, December 9th with visitation the evening prior at the Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home in Salem NH.
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~ Carol for the PCN
William B. Bradford, 65, of Salem, N.H., passed away Saturday, December 3, 2016 at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, M.A, surrounded by his wife and children. William was born in Manchester, N.H., the son of the late William and Leslie Spencer Bradford. William was also the son of the late Albert and Gladys Reynolds.
William was a Class of ’69 graduate of Brewster Academy, in Wolfeboro, N.H., and a Class of ‘74 graduate of A&T State University, in Greensboro, N.C. William was an ROTC Arnold Air Society member and was awarded the Arnold Air Society trophy for his class at graduation. William was assigned to Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, T.X. for pilot training where he trained on the T-37 and T-38. After completing pilot training, he was assigned to the C-130 and stationed at Pope AFB to the 40th TAS Squadron. From there, he was transferred to the 345th TAS at Yokota AFB, Japan. From Japan, William was stationed at RAF Woodbridge, England to the 67th Air Rescue Squadron; from there he went to the 57th Air Rescue Squadron at Eglin AFB in Florida. From Florida, William went to the Air Force Reserve Base at Westover where he flew the C-130 and the C-5A. During his time at Westover, William served as Squadron Commander of the 337th and after leaving Westover, he served as the USAF Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officer for New England. William retired from the USAF as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004.
During his U.S. Air Force career, William served in both the Persian Gulf War and Desert Storm.
William flew for Republic Airlines, Northwest Airlines and Delta Airlines where he retired as a 747-400 Pilot. He was an avid skier, sailor and loved the holidays. William shared these passions with his children.
William will be sadly missed by his wife Julieta M. Bradford of Salem; his first wife, Michelle (Bradley) Bradford, of Salem, his two sons, William Bradford of Thibodaux, L.A., Wm. Michael Bradford and Nicole Arsenault, of Salem; his five daughters, Jennifer M. Williams and husband Nathan of Southern Pines, N.C., Karen Bradford and Osagie Doyle of Nantucket, M.A., Heather Bradford and Tommy Wodarski, of Salem, Kimberly DiFranco and husband Andrew of Lowell, M.A., and Sarah Bradford of Salem, his three grandsons Cohen and Boyce Williams and Makai Doyle; a step-granddaughter; Vanessa, his three step-children; Carlito Lazarte from the Philippines, Mary Rose Domingo of Salem and Jhona Bel Lazarte of Salem; his brother; Jay Reynolds and wife Leah; his sisters Gayle Burton and husband Ed, Debbie Reynolds, and Cindy Henderson and husband Tom; his uncles Peter Reynolds and Arthur Reynolds and wife Dorothy; his cousin Ralph Spencer; and several cousins, nieces, and nephews.
William was predeceased by his brothers Albert and Peter Reynolds.
Relatives and friends are invited to visitation on Thursday, December 8th, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Douglas & Johnson Funeral Home, 214 Main St., Salem, NH. A funeral service will be held Friday at 10:30 a.m. in the funeral home. Cremation will follow.
Donations in honor of William’s fight and hope may be made to Project ALS online https://fundraise.projectals.org/checkout/donation?eid=69946 or by mailing donations to Project ALS, 801 Riverside Drive, Suite 6G, New York, NY 10032.