US Coast Guard

James Herbert Bradley

July 26, 1937 ~ September 15, 2019 (age 82)


James Bradley, 82 a native son of South Haven died peacefully at home Sunday September 15, 2019. He was born to Mr. & Mrs. Herbert (Doris) Bradley on July 26, 1937.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years Sheral Bradley, his children Cynthia (Joe) Ricca, Christine Ferris and Andrew (Stephanie) Bradley and a brother William (Barbara) Bradley. He is also survived by grandchildren: Gregory (Angelina), Benjamin and Emily Holbrook. Sam Ferris, and Ashton, Ariel and Solomon Bradley. Vince and Dom Ricca. Great Grandchildren: Marley, Trevin, Sydney and Emerson Holbrook. He is also missed by Tucker the Golden Retriever.

He was preceded in death by his parents and one son, Michael Bradley

Jim is likely best known as the Captain of the tug Wilhelm Baum. He was active in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary and during that service performed over 1,200 rescues and assists. Jim was a licensed Master Electrician and owned Bradley Electric before his retirement. He was a lifelong lover of the water and worked for many years as a commercial hard hat diver. He was the underwater inspector on the Palisades Nuclear plant and did salvage and recovery work as well. He also had a passion for searching for shipwrecks. He spent a period of time building museum quality cannon carriages and the accessories that went with them. Two of his carriages went to Mackinaw Island. He Built the carriages for 2 of Paul Revere's cannons. He was a true renaissance man. A life well lived.

As per his wishes there will be a private family memorial service. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Caring Circle Hospice or Al-Van Humane society.

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