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Paul Emerson Bradford Jr.

September 4, 1926January 31, 2020

Paul Emerson Bradford, Jr.

Born 9/4/26 in Spring Mills, Pennsylvania

Passed on 1/31/20 in San Diego, California

Part of the “Greatest Generation”

Paul loved 40’s music, fishing and camping in his earlier years, as well as home improvements projects and spending time with his family.

After graduating from High School in Center Hall Pennsylvania, he attended Penn State University when he was drafted to serve his country in 1944.

Paul achieved the rank of Corporal while serving in the Army in the South Pacific from November 1944 to November 1946. Paul was one of the first groups of Americans into Japan, after being on a ship heading to Japan, when the war ended. Once he arrived in Japan, he met a group of school teachers that “adopted” him and introduced him to their food and culture. He returned to the US on the ship “Mercy” while being treated for malaria that he contracted during his time fighting for the liberation of the Philippines.

When he returned from WWII he moved to Phoenix AZ where he attended Arizona State University and graduated in 1951 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education.

Upon his graduation from ASU he became a high school math teacher. Later, after a short period of time as a teacher, he went on to work in the electrical wholesale industry. He started with Graybar Electric where he worked in Phoenix Arizona. It was during this time that he met Mary Kay Nelson and they married in January of 1960 in Las Vegas. Next his career with Graybar took them to Bakersfield and then the Los Angeles area.

In 1962 he, Mary Kay and their son Barry moved to San Diego and Paul, along with three other partners, started their own electrical wholesale business Arc-Lectric. In the late 70’s the business was sold and Paul “retired” for the first time. He few years later he came out of retirement and he and a couple of other partners founded International Energy Conservation Systems, an electronic light fixture ballast manufacturing company. After a few years with this company he retired once again. Later after Paul and Mary Kay moved to Alpine he was asked to manage the Crown Hills Community in Alpine. He was there 6 years until ill health concluded his working days but gave him time to spend time and play with his grandchildren, nieces, nephews and later great grandchildren.

Paul is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Kay, son Barry, daughter in law Leesa, grandson Nicholas, granddaughter Kaitlyn Dameron, grandson in law Reid Dameron, great granddaughters Emersyn Grace and Rilee Kay and his sister Donna Fetterof of Centre Hall, PA.


20 February

Committal Service

10:30 am - 11:00 am

Miramar National Cemetery

5795 Nobel Drive
San Diego, CA 92122


Paul Emerson Bradford Jr.

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Leesa Bradford

February 13, 2020

One of my favorite memories ❤️