February 3, 1922 – November 24, 2021
Samuel George Bradley was born on February 3, 1922 to Emma Wigley Bradley and Wilford Bradley in Derby, England. George was an only child, but growing up he had a dear friend, Gordon Wain, who was in effect a marvelous brother to him. George’s father died when he was just seven years old, so he was raised by his mother and fraternal grandmother. He spent many happy hours with “Granny Bradley” as his mother, who was employed as an office cleaner, usually worked into the evening. When George turned 18, he joined the Royal Air Force as World War II had started in Europe. He served for six years in the ground crew of the Eagle Squadron, a group made up of both volunteer Americans and English servicemen. After training in England he was sent to Algiers, North Africa, progressing with the Allies to Tunis, Sardinia, Italy, and Malta. George always considered himself incredibly fortunate to have served during WWII and come out no worse for wear other than catching a cold. After the war, George worked as a painter while taking night classes in Derby to learn lettering. It was during this time that he met the love of his life, Bernice Wilson. Their courtship proved to be a bit challenging as she lived 22 miles away. In his words, “The trip to see each other necessitated 2 bus rides and 2 hours of valuable time, so in Sept. of 1948, I purchased a motorcycle, a 500 cc “AJS” and a really nice machine. It cost £120 and was my pride and joy. It proved to be a real boon, and cut my travel time down considerably. Bernice, on occasion, rather reluctantly donned a large flying suit and helmet in order to keep warm. She would ride on the pillion seat with all of her paraphernalia stuffed between us. She really enjoyed every invigorating trip, especially when it rained, when both of us would arrive home like a couple of drowned rats with just about everything soaked.” But this did not deter them from seeing each other and Bernice and George married on August 26, 1950 in Sheffield, England. They were later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple on August 26, 1954. In the spring of 1953, George and Bernice left their homeland and sailed to New York City to begin a new life in America. After riding across the country on a Greyhound bus for three nights and two days, they arrived in Salt Lake City on April 24, 1953 with only a few dollars left. They had spent all that they had to get here, but were determined to make the most of their new home. George met Thomas Young Jr. in Derby, where Tom was serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints following WWII. Knowing of his painting skills, Tom expressed that if George ever moved to the Salt Lake area, Young Electric Sign Company (YESCO) would provide him with employment. George took Tom up on his offer and he began working for YESCO in the summer of 1953. He began as a sign painter, hand lettering signs for a variety of businesses. George was a hardworking and reliable employee and was offered numerous positions at YESCO, which allowed him to advance in his career. In addition to sign painting, George worked in sign layout, customer service, production management and eventually became Vice President and Salt Lake Division Manager. George’s career with YESCO spanned more than 40 years and he was always grateful he worked with many wonderful employees and multiple generations of the Young family.
Once settled in Salt Lake City, George and Bernice welcomed their two children, Carrol and Paul into their lives. George was a loving, engaged father who was always there to help both his children, and later grandchildren, whenever he could with their projects. He loved to get involved in school art projects, making Pinewood Derby cars, or fixing just about anything. He loved playing games like darts, foosball and croquet with his kids and grandchildren. Once Carrol and Paul had families of their own, both George and Bernice had the entire family over for dinner every Sunday. They both made this a special time for everyone. Two more loving and caring parents would be hard to find.
George had many hobbies of his own that he excelled in. He enjoyed oil painting, building clocks, woodworking, and tending to his lovely garden. For most of his life, his yard looked like an English country garden, and the home inside was truly a haven of love and solace for all those who entered.
From birth, George was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. George’s Christ-like attributes led him to serve in a variety of positions within the Church. These included Young Men’s leader, a counselor in several bishoprics, service on the high council, and Stake Executive Secretary. George loved the community he served with in his ward and stake callings, and developed many lifelong friendships.
Everyone who knew him felt welcomed and appreciated. His generosity of spirit throughout his life affected all he came into contact with. If ever there was an example of how to live a life and age with grace, it was George Bradley.
- Wilford Bradley and Emma Wigley Bradley, Parents (deceased)
- Bernice Wilson, Love of His Life (deceased)
- Carrol, Daughter
- Paul, Son
- Paul Bradley, Pallbearer
- Edwin Firmage, Pallbearer
- Rowan Bradley, Pallbearer
- Christopher Firmage, Pallbearer
- Matthew Bradley, Pallbearer
- Andrew Proctor, Pallbearer
- Bradley Reese, Pallbearer
- Rick Miller, Pallbearer
- Kenneth Dudley, Honorary Pallbearer
Monday, November 29, 2021
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Tuesday, November 30, 2021
November 30, 2021
My Dear Uncle George its difficult for me to express how much I will miss you. Sending you flowers and cards for aunt Bernice always getting a lovely message back from you ending in ‘Enjoy your Lunch’. I never could figure what it meant until now. It means do something for yourself. Uncle George loving kind generous cared so much about his family. I am going to miss sending you flowers on every occasion for aunt Bernice on west view circle. Heavens gained a angel earth lost a soft hearted warrior. When aunt Bernice passed was devastating she always put my cards I sent the fridge she always remembered me she loved cared about me when no one else did. When we dropped grandma Wilson off to stay she went from our house to theirs grandma was like a mom to me. Last time we dropped her off
I asked Bern were will grandma be buried Bern said in slc I said grandma C has a plot right next to her. Grandma loves the mountains and so it was the last time I seen her. What joyful reunion it must be, but it’s goung to be so hard for me not find beautiful flowers run to the mail send them off to George to take to Bernice. I going to miss you my kind loving uncle you will always be in my heart forever and a day love you and Bernice deb
November 30, 2021
Really enjoyed working with George for many years. His calm presence and life experience just commanded a respect when he was involved. A man of high integrity and tremendous knowledge.
He was a great example to us here at Yesco for those who had the pleasure to know him.
November 28, 2021
I loved that George and Bernice kept their English accents their whole lives. It was a pleasure to listen to them.
I am thrilled to have a grandson with the royal name George.
George was active, alert, mobile, and pleasant through 99 years. Amazing.