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James (Jim) Robert Bradley passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 after a brief battle with COVID with his wife Patricia and his sons Jeff and Jared by his side. Jim was 69.  

Jim was born in Sidney Nebraska on February 26, 1951 to Robert Claire Bradley and Jean Ellen Bradley who had two other children Bruce and Barb. The Bradley family moved to Big Rapids, Michigan.  While attending Big Rapids High School Jim met and later married his high school sweetheart, Patricia Jane Helsing. After high school Jim joined the US Navy. He served on the US Coral Sea aircraft carrier and was deployed on multiple tours to Vietnam.  After serving in the Navy Jim earned his bachelors degree in accounting from Ferris State University and masters degree in accounting from Central Michigan University. 

Jim and Pat had two children, Jeff and Jared Bradley. Jim worked at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan then accepted a position with Electronic Data Systems (EDS) which caused the Bradley family to move to Kokomo, Indiana and then to Grapevine, Texas. 

Jim was an avid TCU fan but loved spending time with his 4 grandchildren Raylon, Hailey, Madison and Olivia more than anything else. 

Family members will be remembering Jim this weekend in a private gathering. Once COVID restrictions are loosened, a formal funeral and remembrance event will be scheduled with a service at the DFW National Cemetery.

Posted by Bill Bray on February 26, 2021
Jim was a wonderful brother-in-law. I met him a few times early on but then got to know him better when Pat and Jim visited us in Den Haag. We had a wonderful visit touring N Europe and driving along the Rhine. I really got to know Jim after we moved to Texas and were only a few hours away. We also had many great visits on beautiful Walloon Lake.
Jim was a sincere and caring man. He was a straight shooter but easy to get along with. He loved his family deeply and will be deeply missed. Our love and prayers go out to all the Bradleys and all his family and friends.
Posted by Kathy Bray on February 26, 2021
Jim Bradley has always been in my life and in my family as I met him when he started dating my sister when I was just 6 years old. He was my first impression of what a boyfriend was supposed to be and it was a good one. Jim married Pat when Pat was just 20 years old and he took her off to a great adventure across the country from our small town Michigan all the way to San Francisco in their little Chevy Vega. They started out on this exciting trip on their wedding night and I remember Pat calling my parents not too far down the road crying and homesick! That was 46 1/2 years ago and there was lots of joy and laughing since then! Jim sure did have a big smile. And would he ever smile when he talked about his kids and later grandkids! I loved the enthusiam Jim had for his sons' activities when they were younger - for hockey and soccer and cross country running - he was definitely an enthusiatic and proud parent!  And Jim had this kind of crazy laugh when he was doing something he really enjoyed. I posted a picture with that big smile (and I can imagine the laugh) of him driving 100mph on the autobahn! (You'll need to open the picture to see the entire image.) Bill and I had a great trip with Pat and Jim down the Rhine River in 1993 and I remember Jim relishing his time in the biergarten along the river and the bier hall in Heidelberg. In more recent years, on my many stays with Pat and Jim at Hilltop, Jim introduced me to cooking shows! Who'd have thought this computer, info systems nerd would get into cooking and be good at it!  I will miss Jim as a brother, as an uncle to my children, and as a friend. I will miss his smile and crazy laugh and the devotion and love he showed to his family. 
God be with you Bradley family as you remember and grieve, as you honor Jim's memory, and as you laugh and love.
Posted by Michael McGovern on February 26, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Jim's family. We met Jim and Pat on cruise several years ago and greatly enjoyed our company together. So much so that we became "cruise buddies" and Jim & Pat joined us again on a cruise from Hawaii to Sydney Australia in late 2018. They loved to tell us about their grandchildren! We also occasionally played euchre on our trips. Give Pat a hug for us. God bless. Best, Mike & Rosanne
Posted by Darrell Ball on February 23, 2021
I met Jim as a shipmate of the USS Coral Sea CVA 43 in 1972. We were both AIMD , aircraft support equipment technicians . We hit it off immediately, and became more like brothers than friends. Jim and Pat were great friends to this lonely kid, and were compassionate to a fault.
When we went to Hong Kong Our friend Sam Curtis had his wife meet us in poert there. Sam was a unique guy. Had no worries , no money , and no fear! There was his wife. Without even enough money to buy her a return ticket home nor a bowl of wonton soup. Jim and I pooled our cash to help Sam show Nannette a good time in Hong Kong. Never mind that we ourselves were then broke.
After Hurricane Laura in 2020, Jim asked about my losses in the hurricane. A little bit later , i got this big ol check in the mail. Jim and Pat just wanted to help out.
Character is sorthing you cant teach. You either have it or you dont. Jim had it.
Glad to have had the times together friend !
Posted by Britney Sallen on February 23, 2021
I have a vivid memory of Uncle Jim to share from many moons ago.

During Christmas 1999, our Michigan family road tripped to Texas. I remember heading north to Grapevine after spending Christmas in Houston. We stayed at Uncle Jim and Aunt Pat's house. Aunt Pat was overjoyed to have a trio of girls to love on for the holiday break, making sure we read The Boxcar Children together. Uncle Jim promptly showed us his pooping moose that deposited peanut M&M's into our hands.

At some point, Uncle Jim was tasked with setting up a Barbie sized soccer goalie net for my new gift, Mia Hamm the Barbie, complete with winning uniform and a kicking leg. Uncle Jim also explained Y2K to a then 10 year old Britney with great enthusiasm, as his day job involved computers. Everyone was legitimately worried that the computers wouldn't know how to handle the turn of the century date change and Uncle Jim told a very lively story. I was fairly convinced computers might actually have great difficulty with the quickly approaching year 2000. His eyes definitely sparkled at the telling of every tale.

He truly loved being a Papa to his grand-babies, an uncle to his nieces and nephews, and a loving father to my cousins Jeff and Jared.

See you later Uncle Jim, make sure to get out the candy Moose for all the new visitors to heaven.

Much love to the Bradley family.

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Posted by Bill Bray on February 26, 2021
Jim was a wonderful brother-in-law. I met him a few times early on but then got to know him better when Pat and Jim visited us in Den Haag. We had a wonderful visit touring N Europe and driving along the Rhine. I really got to know Jim after we moved to Texas and were only a few hours away. We also had many great visits on beautiful Walloon Lake.
Jim was a sincere and caring man. He was a straight shooter but easy to get along with. He loved his family deeply and will be deeply missed. Our love and prayers go out to all the Bradleys and all his family and friends.
Posted by Kathy Bray on February 26, 2021
Jim Bradley has always been in my life and in my family as I met him when he started dating my sister when I was just 6 years old. He was my first impression of what a boyfriend was supposed to be and it was a good one. Jim married Pat when Pat was just 20 years old and he took her off to a great adventure across the country from our small town Michigan all the way to San Francisco in their little Chevy Vega. They started out on this exciting trip on their wedding night and I remember Pat calling my parents not too far down the road crying and homesick! That was 46 1/2 years ago and there was lots of joy and laughing since then! Jim sure did have a big smile. And would he ever smile when he talked about his kids and later grandkids! I loved the enthusiam Jim had for his sons' activities when they were younger - for hockey and soccer and cross country running - he was definitely an enthusiatic and proud parent!  And Jim had this kind of crazy laugh when he was doing something he really enjoyed. I posted a picture with that big smile (and I can imagine the laugh) of him driving 100mph on the autobahn! (You'll need to open the picture to see the entire image.) Bill and I had a great trip with Pat and Jim down the Rhine River in 1993 and I remember Jim relishing his time in the biergarten along the river and the bier hall in Heidelberg. In more recent years, on my many stays with Pat and Jim at Hilltop, Jim introduced me to cooking shows! Who'd have thought this computer, info systems nerd would get into cooking and be good at it!  I will miss Jim as a brother, as an uncle to my children, and as a friend. I will miss his smile and crazy laugh and the devotion and love he showed to his family. 
God be with you Bradley family as you remember and grieve, as you honor Jim's memory, and as you laugh and love.
Posted by Michael McGovern on February 26, 2021
Our deepest condolences to Jim's family. We met Jim and Pat on cruise several years ago and greatly enjoyed our company together. So much so that we became "cruise buddies" and Jim & Pat joined us again on a cruise from Hawaii to Sydney Australia in late 2018. They loved to tell us about their grandchildren! We also occasionally played euchre on our trips. Give Pat a hug for us. God bless. Best, Mike & Rosanne
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Shared by Ton Damen on February 28, 2021
I met Jim during the time we both where at EDS. Jim came a few times over from the US to share his expertise with us. During one of these trips, in april 2004, I asked Jim if he would like to visit something during the weekend. He said he would love to visit the invasion beaches in Normandy and the honorary cemetery of WW2, because he visited most of the others.

So we drove down from the Netherlands to France, a 5-6 hour trip. I made sure we blended in by eating and drinking like the French, as you can on the photo.

We had a lovely time. Although there was an ocean separating us, we never lost sight of each other.

Rest in peace, my friend.

Ton

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Shared by Julie Craig Parras on February 24, 2021
Jim was such a gentle soul in high school. We had great times in English class. My fondest memory of Jim was when we read the parts of Romeo and Juliet in English class, truly full of giggles and laughter. 

Years after graduation, we renewed our friendship on FB. I learned he remained a gentle soul through his love for family and grandchildren. Thank you for your service, Jim. Thank you for sharing your life. You will be missed.

Julie Craig Parras, Class of 1969