William F. Bradley, 96

May 20, 2021

William F. Bradley, 96, of Lancaster, joined his heavenly father on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Born in Lancaster, he was the son of the late William T. Bradley and Rebecca (Foreman) Bradley. He was the husband of Patricia M. (Heidig) Bradley for 70 unforgettable years.

Bill was baptized Lutheran but attended services with his wife, Pat, at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and the chapel at Lancaster Regional Hospital. He graduated from the newly opened J. P. McCaskey High School in 1942, being part of the first graduating class that attended all 4 years.

After graduation, Bill served in the U.S. Army for 2 ½ years during WWII, stationed in Europe from D-Day to V.E.Day. He served with the 163rd Engineer Combat Battalion in England, France, Germany, and Austria. The Battalion collectively built 40 tactical bridges in France and Germany, including the First Allied Bridge Across the Seine River, Moselle, Meurthe, Rhine, Neckar, Main, Saale, and Lech Rivers. He was also part of the first batch of soldiers in the liberation of Auschwitz. He was honorably discharged in Nov. 1945 at Fort Indiantown Gap, Penna..

Upon Bill’s return from service, he was employed by the Hamilton Watch Company and later Hamilton Precision Metals for 44 years. Because of his professional skill set that he learned in the U.S. Army, he was meticulous in all that he did and took pride in all his life achievements both personal and professional. He enjoyed outdoor sports and activities: tennis, as a young man; golfing; fishing; hunting; camping; and coaching St. Joe’s Midget football league. He piloted the family road trips and vacations to the ocean, the mountains, and multiple historical sites on the East coast.

Bill was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 3 sisters: Ray Bradley, Thomas Bradley, June (Bradley) King, Verna (Bradley) Rathvon and Shirley (Bradley) Cunningham.
In addition to his wife Pat, he is survived by a son, Steven M., Lancaster; three daughters, Donna M., Mount Joy, Rebecca A. wife of Andrew Boxleitner, Millersville, and Kathleen A., wife of Luke Kauffman, Lititz. He also has four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Prayer service and funeral will be held on Wednesday, June 2, 2021 at 11 AM at the Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz, PA 17543. Guests are invited to attend a viewing from 10 AM until the time of the service. In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations to Wounded Warrior Project or Disabled American Veterans. Interment at Cedar Lawn Cemetery, Lancaster, PA.

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Condolences to the Family

June 02, 2021

Dear Mrs. Bradley, Becky, Donna, Kathleen and Steve, I am sorry to hear of the death of your husband/father. I will always remember the camping trips, day trips and visiting back and forth with my parents and your family. I will remember all of those great and happy times and I pray that you are all filled with the fond memories with your husband/dad and it lessons the sorrow. I pray for your comfort and care from our Lord Jesus and His Father and will dedicate the rosary for your husband/dad. My best wishes for your healing. God Bless. Susan Wisniewski

May 31, 2021

Pat and family,
Sending our sympathy and prayers to you.    Susan Ciccone Becker/Martha Ciccone Kent 

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