BRUNSWICK — Robert Francis (Bob) Bradford of Westport Island, died April 25, peacefully and with family at his side.
He was born March 25, 1927, in Locke Mills, one of Everett Harold and Fannie Hersey Bradford’s nine children. He attended Bridgton Academy, graduating in 1945, and then served 18 months in the U.S. Army Air Corps. After returning from post-Woeld War II Europe, he attended the forestry school at the University of Maine, graduating in 1951.
He married Phyllis Harriman in 1949, and they lived in Dixfield and Rumford while raising six children. He worked for Oxford Paper Co. for several years and also spent time surveying Maine forests as a side business. He loved to live outdoors — tending his vegetable gardens and rose bushes, walking in the woods and canoeing trips were some of his favorite pastimes.
He and Phyllis moved to Westport Island, where she passed away in 1992. He remarried in 1997 to Helen Elizabeth Lilly. He loved to travel; he vacationed to New Zealand, where he bungee-jumped, he boated on the Amazon River, camped in Canada and trekked in the forests of Nicaragua. A daredevil known for his jokes and humor, he parasailed and rock climbed and was an avid bird watcher and lover. His house on Westport boasts a pair of binoculars in every room. A day for him was never complete without a game of cards with friends or family — bridge, cribbage, or barbu.
He is survived by his wife of 13 years, Helen; and his six children, Daniel, David, Margaret, Alan, Andrew and Laura; he leaves behind four brothers and one sister; and he will be missed by his stepchildren, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and many extended family members.
He was predeceased by three siblings.