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March 18, 1939 – Friday, December 9, 2016

Service Information
Albion Ev. Free Church – Cokato, MN
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
11:00 a.m.

Visitation Information
Albion Ev. Free Church – Cokato, MN
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
one hour prior to service

Brian Patrick Bradley was born on March 18, 1939 in Ederney, County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland to Margaret Ann and George Bertram Bradley. After the early passing of George, he and his sister Helen were raised with the loving care of Margaret and their stepfather Lex McIlmoyle. Brian thought he wanted to be a sheep farmer but became interested in breeding which led him to study genetics. After studying in Queens College in Belfast and University of Edinburgh in Scotland, he came to the United States to complete a PhD in Genetics at the University of Wisconsin. Brian moved to Minnesota for a postdoctoral program at the University of Minnesota, and this is where he met his beloved Judy. It was a small dinner party hosted by friends, and he schemed to get her mailing address by offering to take her mail to mailbox for her. Good thing he did – she was mailing payment for some parking tickets! And more importantly, having her address allowed him to find her amongst the countless other Judy Andersons listed in the Minneapolis phone book. After they married, they moved to Cambridge, England but returned to the US after a year where they landed in Boulder, Colorado and then finally settled in Baltimore, Maryland. This is where they raised their two children, Bert and Karla. Brian built his lab at the University of Maryland Baltimore County while also making time to attend and enthusiastically support little league, swim meets, lacrosse games, PTA meetings, and band and orchestra concerts. He served as an Elder in Chapelgate Presbyterian Church where he also taught Sunday school on occasion. His faith was deep and strong, and he had a unshakeable certainty that God is in control and things are always happening according to his plan. This faith guided his life and his work and was a source of great peace for his family as no matter what happened, Dad could help us to see how it was part of a greater divine story. He and Judy (who became Bunga once there were grandkids) welcomed Dana (Bert’s wife) and Jan (Karla’s husband) with open arms and the same grace that they showed their kids. Brian and Judy loved being grandparents to Caroline and Eli (Bert’s children) and later Noah and Svea (Karla’s kids). Brian’s test of faith was the loss of his beloved Judy in 2014. Ever certain that God has a good plan, he mourned her loss but knew he had work left to do here on Earth. Brian was known for his Irish brogue, his unique sense of humor, love for singing and his deep faith.

2 Guestbook Entries

  1. Bob and Jackie Criminger

    Our love and prayers are with you always.

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  2. Roland Stewart

    Thanks for being a neighbor. It was always fun to take politics even if we had different views. Miss seeing you sitting in your garage reading a book that was was beyond my comprehension. Now you are with your wife once again and hope to see you there when it’s time.

    Reply

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