John Bruce Bradford

August 4, 1934December 24, 2013
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John Bruce Bradford, 79, died peacefully with his family by his side on Tuesday December 24, 2013 in Wilmington. Bruce was born on August 4, 1934 in Jersey City, NJ and preceding him into the Kingdom were his parents, Arthur Bradford, Mary Bradford Scala; step-father, Edward Scala, and brother, Brian Bradford.

After attending Regis High School in New York, Bruce joined the US Army during the Korean Conflict and was discharged in 1955 and attended Newark College of Engineering (now NJIT) where he was accepted into Phi Eta Sigma in his first year. He graduated as a BSEE with honors in 1959. He worked until retirement in 1996 primarily in sales management of high technology semiconductors to major electronic firms. Bruce was a regular communicant at St. Mark Catholic Church and was a resource for the “Safe Harbor program.”

After retirement, Bruce and his family enjoyed many days of boating locally and was an avid photographer. He also served as President of the Stratton Village Home Owners Association. Bruce is survived by his devoted wife, Adelaide, of 49 years; children, John Bradford of Wilmington and Eve Kroepke(Bill) ; grandchildren, Bradford Kroepke and Katelyn Kroepke all of Oakland, NJ; brother, Edward Scala of West Orange ,NJ; sisters: Brenda Blot, Judith Boder, Linda Menut all of Red Bank, NJ and Diane Holm of Middletown, NJ and many nieces, nephews residing in New Jersey.

The family will receive friends at a Vigil Service from 4:00pm to 6:00pm on Sunday December 29, 2013 at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service, 3915 Oleander Drive, Wilmington, NC 28403.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11:00am on Monday December 30, 2013 at St. Mark Catholic Church, 1011 Eastwood Road, Wilmington, NC, 28403. The right of Committal will follow in the church Columbarium with Military Honors. A light repast will follow at Masonboro Forest Club House, 4900 Nicholas Creek Circle, Wilmington, NC 28409.

Memorial Contributions may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice.

The staff of Coble ward-Smith Funeral Services is honored to serve the family of John Bruce Bradford.


  • Vigil Service Sunday, December 29, 2013
  • Funeral Mass Monday, December 30, 2013
  • Military Honors Monday, December 30, 2013

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Diane Thomas

January 3, 2014

Dear Adelaide and family,
I was so sorry to read of Bruce's death just before Christmas. The obituary was so interesting to read and the pictures on the website were just terrific. I have such fond memories of you both from the Stratton Village Days. My sincere condolences to you all.
Diane Thomas

December 30, 2013

Standing on the beach watching a ship disappear into the horizon doesn't mean it's gone. We just can't see it. On Christmas Eve, my Dad's ship sailed off into the distance and although I can't see him, I know he will always be with me.

My beloved father fought a long fight and beat so many odds. He never once complained or ever asked why me. I find comfort in knowing that he is now pain free, can hear again, is dancing to Joe Cocker, drinking martinis, eating whatever he wants and telling all his silly jokes.

My Dad loved motorcycles, photography (potos as he called it), cars and sailing, just to name a few. If it was bad for him, he liked it. If it was expensive, he liked it. If Mom didn't like it, he liked it.

But the thing that he treasured most was his family. The love he had for my Mother was the kind of love that some people only dream about. The love for me always made me feel like I was the most special girl in the world. We had a bond that at times, only we understood. Our inside jokes (usually at Mom's expense), our pose we called the “face”, and the way we would say goodbye were just some of the little things that we shared that meant so much. The love, patience and guidance for John has helped him become the man that he his today. The love for his grandchildren was that of complete pride and joy that even a blind man could see and I know my children will carry in their hearts forever.

Although I am heartbroken he is gone from us here on earth, I know it's time for him to be with his mother, his dad that raised him, his brother Brian and that he'll finally get to know the father he never knew. He was the best husband, Dad and Pop-Pop and I am lucky to have had 46 years of wonderful memories that I will cherish forever.

We will miss you terribly but I believe you are in a much better place. Rip Daddy, the first man I ever loved, the strongest man I ever knew.

"Well Bye"
Your adoring daughter, Eve

December 27, 2013

To our dear brother, Bruce,

We will miss you dearly, and all the fond memories are the reason why.

Your loving brother and sisters,
Edward, Brenda, Judy, Linda and Diane