OBITUARY

Robert Howard Bradford "Bob"

March 4, 1944July 25, 2020

Robert “Bob” Howard Bradford passed away peacefully from this life on July 25th 2020, with his loving daughter, Schelly at his side. Bob was born on March 4, 1944, to James Richard and Ruth Margaret Bradford in Ada, Oklahoma. Bob grew up in Oklahoma City where he attended Putnam City High School, graduate class of 1962. After graduating high school Bob attended Central State University in Edmond Oklahoma, where he studied Business. After college, he went to work for his uncle, Robert R. Bradford, from whom he was named after. Bradford and Nettleship Supply was a key air conditioning wholesale business in Oklahoma City, which Bob truly excelled at. Upon the death of his uncle, in the early 1970’s, Bob decided to purchase Bradford and Nettleship from his uncle’s widow. This in turn, led to the name Bradford Industrial Supply Corporation. The company grew rapidly, adding HVAC equipment as an important factor to the company. Bradford Industrial opened three more locations in Central and Western Oklahoma, including Enid, Lawton, and Shawnee. After 57 years, it’s still going strong. In November 1989, Mike Simons joined Bradford Industrial Supply. The two became very close friends and colleagues. Bob staffed over 35 employees over the years that loved and respected him. He was a man of great compassion and dignity. His greatest trait, was his unwavering Generosity. He was without hesitation willing to assist anyone during critical times in their lives. After retirement from Bradford Industrial Supply Corporation, in 2008, he opened Bradford Ink, Antiques and Collectables in Nichols Hills. He has always had a passion for Vintage Fountain pens, and a huge collection of antiques he acquired all over the world. Bob’s greatest hobby was gambling at various casinos in Oklahoma and Las Vegas. His luck knew no bounds when it came to the slot machines. Riverwind casino happened to be his favorite spot in Oklahoma, which he frequently visited. His winning streaks were as such, that his self-title was “The machine whisper." Bob will be truly missed by all that knew him, beyond measure.

Proceeding in death are his parents, James and Ruth Bradford, wife Jacqueline and son Russell Bradford. He is survived by his daughter, Schelly Leonard, husband Patrick of Moore, Oklahoma. Their two sons, Gatlin J. Leonard and Grasen P. Leonard. Other grandchildren, Sarah and Samantha Bradford. Brother, James “Rick” Bradford of Yukon, sister, Barbara Bradford Lasater and husband Doug of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews. Memorial Services are July 30th, 2020 at 11:00am at the Interment Chapel in the mausoleum of Resurrection Cemetery at 7801 N.W. Expressway in Okc, under the direction of Hahn-Cook/Street and Draper Funeral Services. Condolences may be sent via online to the family and flowers to Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Services.

  • FAMILY

  • Proceeding in death are his parents, James and Ruth Bradford, wife Jacqueline and son Russell Bradford. He is survived by his daughter, Schelly Leonard, husband Patrick of Moore, Oklahoma. Their two sons, Gatlin J. Leonard and Grasen P. Leonard. Other grandchildren, Sarah and Samantha Bradford. Brother, James “Rick” Bradford of Yukon, sister, Barbara Bradford Lasater and husband Doug of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Services

  • Funeral Service

    Thursday, July 30, 2020

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Misty Stover

July 30, 2020

I was so sad to hear about Mr. Bradford’s passing he was such an amazing person. He had such an ability to put a smile on my face. My heart goes out to his friends and family.

Brent Couch

July 30, 2020

I met Bob while visiting family around Oklahoma City. He was a great man and will be missed dearly. Being a fellow collector of fountain pens, I made every attempt to stop by his store where I would spend hours shopping and just speaking with him.
I have only known him for a few short years but I am deeply saddened to hear of his passing.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends, I'm so sorry for your loss.
I will miss you my friend!
Brent Couch

Brad Roper

July 30, 2020

A great friend that will be missed and never forgotten.

Michael O’Gara

July 30, 2020

My thoughts and prayers to all of Bobs family at this time. I only have fond memories my time in Bobs company, discussing antiques, luck and his love of pens. Bob was a true gentleman and will be missed by all who knew him.

Jimmy WIDDIFIELD

July 30, 2020

I've known Bob for 36 years and without a doubt he is one of the finest people I have ever known and he will be greatly missed in our world. We should all be blessed to have known such a wonderful person.

Doug Fuller

July 29, 2020

Bob always made time to talk to his customers and employees. I will miss hearing about his trips to the casino with Mike and Brad. He will be missed by all.

Barbara Lasater

July 28, 2020

I was Roberts’ younger & only sister. I will miss you so much Robert. When I was growing up
You always looked out for me. I will always remember when I was 16 years old & got a
speeding ticket & you paid it for me so I didn’t
have to tell Mom & Dad. I don’t think they ever
Knew about that ticket. You would have never
Told them.. That was my big loyal brother, Robert !

I enjoyed meeting up with you & our other brother Rick for lunch at Charlestons. Charleston’s was always the place we chose for lunch. When our Mother was alive we always had lunch there. It was her favorite restaurant & we continued the tradition.

Robert & I both enjoyed Gambling. We met up
At different casinos occasionally. He played the
Slot Machines & I like to play Blackjack. I think
We come by gambling naturally. Our father
loved to go to Las Vegas with Robert and play
the Slots of course!! Robert took our Dad on
his first trip to Vegas & he was hooked !

Robert, I Love You & will miss you Big Brother!
R.I.P. Your Loving Sister

Truman Lewis

July 28, 2020

Bob was a good man and friend and will be missed by all that came in contact with him through the years. RIP my friend.

Steve Hardesty

July 28, 2020

I always enjoyed spending time with Bob having a drink, playing poker at the shop after hours or on a trip, always having a good laugh. I will never forget when we were frog gigging for flounder in Louisiana walking in shallow water and there was Bob dressed in his white starched shirt just having fun. I will love and respect Bob forever he was a great friend.

Cindy Gibson

July 28, 2020

I am so sad to hear this news, my heart goes out to Bob's family and friends. The last time I saw Bob was at his antique shop where he seemed very happy and graciously shared time with my dad and I,
he was full of information and we were happy we were able to visit with him.

FROM THE FAMILY

Biography

Robert “Bob” Howard Bradford passed away peacefully from this life on July 25th 2020, with his loving daughter, Schelly at his side. Bob was born on March 4, 1944, to James Richard and Ruth Margaret Bradford in Ada, Oklahoma. Bob grew up in Oklahoma City where he attended Putnam City High School, graduate class of 1962. After graduating high school Bob attended Central State University in Edmond Oklahoma, where he studied Business. After college, he went to work for his uncle, Robert R. Bradford, from whom he was named after. Bradford and Nettleship Supply was a key air conditioning wholesale business in Oklahoma City, which Bob truly excelled at. Upon the death of his uncle, in the early 1970’s, Bob decided to purchase Bradford and Nettleship from his uncle’s widow. This in turn, led to the name Bradford Industrial Supply Corporation. The company grew rapidly, adding HVAC equipment as an important factor to the company. Bradford Industrial opened three more locations in Central and Western Oklahoma, including Enid, Lawton, and Shawnee. After 57 years, it’s still going strong. In November 1989, Mike Simons joined Bradford Industrial Supply. The two became very close friends and colleagues. Bob staffed over 35 employees over the years that loved and respected him. He was a man of great compassion and dignity. His greatest trait, was his unwavering Generosity. He was without hesitation willing to assist anyone during critical times in their lives. After retirement from Bradford Industrial Supply Corporation, in 2008, he opened Bradford Ink, Antiques and Collectables in Nichols Hills. He has always had a passion for Vintage Fountain pens, and a huge collection of antiques he acquired all over the world. Bob’s greatest hobby was gambling at various casinos in Oklahoma and Las Vegas. His luck knew no bounds when it came to the slot machines. Riverwind casino happened to be his favorite spot in Oklahoma, which he frequently visited. His winning streaks were as such, that his self-title was “The machine whisper." Bob will be truly missed by all that knew him, beyond measure.

Proceeding in death are his parents, James and Ruth Bradford, wife Jacqueline and son Russell Bradford. He is survived by his daughter, Schelly Leonard, husband Patrick of Moore, Oklahoma. Their two sons, Gatlin J. Leonard and Grasen P. Leonard. Other grandchildren, Sarah and Samantha Bradford. Brother, James “Rick” Bradford of Yukon, sister, Barbara Bradford Lasater and husband Doug of Stillwater, Oklahoma. Four great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Condolences may be sent via online to the family and flowers to Hahn-Cook/Street & Draper Funeral Services.