BARDSTOWN, Ky. -- Dr. John C. Bradford Sr., 79, affectionately known as "Gaga" by his grandchildren, died peacefully Friday, March 2, 2012, at Flaget Memorial Hospital in Bardstown, surrounded by his loving family.
He was born Aug. 5, 1932, in Diehlstadt, Mo. He grew up in Benton, Scott County, in Southeastern Missouri where, as a standout basketball player, he set several scoring records on his way to becoming a four-year letterman at Benton Missouri High School. John also excelled at softball and was active in the Boy Scouts, eventually becoming Benton's first Eagle Scout in 1950.
He attended Southeast Missouri State University on a basketball scholarship, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1954. During his time John played on the university's basketball team and became a founding charter member of the university's chapter of the Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity in 1952. Following college, John received a dental (DDS) degree from the St. Louis University Dental School in 1959.
During his college and dental school years, John proudly served in the U.S. Naval Reserve from 1951 until 1959. Following his honorable discharge and graduation from St. Louis University in 1959, he moved to Bardstown and set up a solo dental practice at 101 E. Flaget Street where he worked until his retirement in 1995.
He was a member of the Kiwanis Club in which he served as a treasurer for many years, a member of the Louisville Dental Society, a 50-year member of the Kentucky Dental Association, and a member of St. Joseph Parish in Bardstown.
Dr. Bradford was preceded in death by an infant brother, Jerry Bradford; and his parents, Thomas Carlisle "Buck" and Nina Mae English Bradford.
Survivors include: his wife of 55 years, Margie Tudor Bradford of Bardstown; two sons, John Bradford, Jr. (Luci) of Bardstown and David Bradford (Erin) of Southlake, Texas; four daughters, Lisa Pinkston (Donnie) of Bardstown, Laurie Bradford (Dave Schnall) of Erie, Pa., Karen Conway (Chris) of Frankfort and Christina Bradford (Chris King) of Bardstown; 13 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; a brother, Larry Bradford (Judy) of St. Louis; two sisters, Sharon Klein (Jerry) of Ladue, Mo., and Sarah Bradford of Bardstown; and several nieces and nephews.
A Mass of Christian burial will be Tuesday, March 6, 2012 at 11 a.m. at the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral with burial in St. Joseph Cemetery. The Rev. Bill Hammer will officiate. Visitation times will be Monday from 4-8 p.m. and Tuesday from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. at Mann and Greenwell Funeral Home. A prayer service will be Monday evening at the funeral home.
Mann and Greenwell Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.
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Memorial contributions may be made to:
Hospice of Nelson County, the Bardstown Foundation
for Excellence in Public
First Christian Church