Norman H. Bradley, age 88, of Grand Rapids, passed away, Sunday, October 21, 2018. Norman is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Helen; his children, Steven (Rebecca) Bradley, Susan (Peter) Burrill, Douglas (Amy) Bradley and Daniel (Judith) Bradley; brother, Roger Bradley; 15 grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; special nephew, John (Kristin) Bradley; and many nieces and nephews. Norman was preceded in death by his brother, Stuart Bradley. Norman served in the U.S. Army. He graduated from Western Michigan University and the University of Michigan. He was a dedicated music educator for 38 years in the Grand Rapids Public Schools. Norman will be remembered as a gifted vocalist, sports enthusiast, and for being kind to everyone he met. He lived his life with great love and concern for others which was a beautiful reflection of his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. He dearly loved his wife who he enjoyed traveling with during his retirement years. He will also be lovingly remembered by his children and grandchildren for his amazing love and support in their lives. Norman was a lifelong member of the First United Methodist Church and long time Golden K Kiwanis member. A memorial service will be held on Friday, October 26 at 2 PM at the First United Methodist Church, 227 E. Fulton, Grand Rapids, MI 49503 with visitation one hour prior to the service at 1 PM. Rev. Robert Hundley officiating. Special thanks to the staff and residents of The Oaks at Cascade who were such a blessing to Norman during the last six months. Memorial contributions may be made in Norman’s name to the First United Methodist Church Memorial Fund or Graham Tomson (Norman’s great-grandson) Wheelchair Accessible Van Fund http://www.miable.org.
Our hearts and prayers go out to our great neighbors. We very much enjoyed all of Norm’s gardening suggestions, competition and conversations that took place in our backyards. God bless Helen and all of the Bradley family.
Will said “goodby Norm” for the last time.