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William A. Bradley, 92, of 42 N. Eighth St., Shamokin, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at the Geisinger Medical Center, Danville. He was born March 1, 1925, in Mahanoy City, a son of the late Josephine (Heffner) and William P. Bradley. He was married to the former Beatrice T. Conbeer who survives. His last words to her after 70+ years of marriage were, she was "The Love of His Life".

William was a 1942 graduate of St. Edward High School and had attended Villanova University and Babson College. He was drafted in 1943 and served in the Army as a Corporal during World War II with the 8th Armored Infantry Battalion. He was a half-track driver known by his Army buddies as "Omar". He enjoyed telling stories about his high-speed adventure on the Autobahn in his half-track. He received his Honorable Discharge in 1946.
He was a business owner at Yoch Bakery Co., Shamokin, for more than 30 years, retiring in 1976. He worked with his father and brother, Joseph R. Bradley, in the family owned business.
William served on boards of various community organizations.
He enjoyed Big Band music, classic and antique cars, lively conversation, a good joke, and making the "perfect" Manhattan!

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by six children, Bridget A. Bradley, wife of the late Robert Fitzpatrick, of Lancaster, Mary Jo (Bradley) Zelones and husband Tom, of Manassas, Va., Maureen (Bradley) Dudeck and husband Darrel, of Shamokin, Pat (Bradley) Makowski and husband Gary, of Sunnyside, Mike Bradley and wife Nancy, of Kulpmont, and Kate (Bradley) Taby and husband John, of Shamokin; 10 grandchildren, Beth Anne, Tony and Amy Zelones, Darrell Dudeck, Maggie (Dudeck) Sieklicki and Jennifer Dudeck, Michael, Matthew, Liam, Sean and Bridget Bradley; three great-grandchildren, Sophia Zelones, Madelyn Sieklicki and Bennett Moyer; sister-in-law, Irene Bradley, wife of his late brother Joseph R. Bradley (died April 2013); and many nieces and nephews. He was affectionately known to grandchildren and family as "Hine".

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at Mother Cabrini Church, Shamokin and Webster streets, Shamokin. Those attending Mass are asked to meet at the church at 11:15. The viewing will be private for family members only.
Interment will follow Mass in St. Edward Cemetery, Coal Township.

The family requests as an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions be made to Our Lady of Lourdes Regional School, 2001 Clinton Ave., Coal Township, PA 17866.
Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to James Kelley Funeral Home, 1001 W. Arch St. at Maple Street, Coal Township.
Published on May 18, 2017
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