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BRADLEY, Joseph (Joe)
December 5, 1944 – Edmonton, Alberta
March 4, 2021 – Calgary
It is with great sadness that we say goodbye to
our loving and caring father and wonderful
husband of fifty years. Joe passed away
peacefully on Thursday, March 4, 2021
after a battle with cancer at the age
of 76 years.
The world is a little darker, and a little
less bright, with the loss of Joe. A
friend to everyone, and an enemy to
none. Joe was like that line from the
Cheers theme song “...where everyone
knows your name...” Everyone certainly
knew Joe!
Joe was born in Edmonton on December 4, 1944. He was the eldest
son of twelve siblings. Joe retired from EECOL Electric in 2010 after
thirty-seven faithful years of service. He loved his job, the customers
he served and the coworkers who were his second family. After
retirement, Joe enjoyed the Over Fifty Club and his games of pool.
He always enjoyed many games of cards with his family and friends.
He liked interacting with his Zoom buddies from the Airdrie Home
Care group.
Joe “Buuuuuuuddddy” lived his life to the fullest! Eagerly
volunteering and participating in the Boy Scouts of Canada and the
local swim club, Nose Creek Swimming Association, throughout his
sons’ childhoods. There were memorable trips to the top of Mount
Allen with the swim club and officiating at the many, many swim
meets. Joe could always be found, coffee in hand, dropping off the
“Three Amigos” 5:00 a.m. sharp for those Tuesday and Thursday
morning practices in Calgary.
Most summers were spent camping with family and friends,
sharing stories around the campfire and early morning coffee with
Bailey’s, frequently exploring and taking on adventures in the family
motorhome while enjoying his passion for fishing. A special spot
was always reserved in the boat for Joe, even while humbly showing
up others with his lucky Oilers ‘orange and blue’ Toque; as he often
lazily dozed, only to be awakened by the frantic calls of his fishing
buddies shouting: “Fish on Joe, FISH ON!!”
Joe had a passion for sports. He loved his Edmonton Oilers and
his Eskimos, always loyal to his team, win or lose. Tom Brady won
the last Super Bowl with Joe cheering on and flashing his signature
smile. He always dreamt of having a Hot Dog at Fenway Park with
the roar of the Boston Red Sox and the crack of the bat filling his
ears and heart.
Besides his loving wife Evelyn, Joe is survived by his sons, Cameron
and Corey; brothers, Gerald (Michelle) and Roger (Jeannette); and
sisters, Marilyn, Carol, Noreen, Kathy (Pierre), Lynn Marie and Ann
Marie (Rob). He is also survived by his mother-in-law Frances,
brother-in-law Wayne (Lorraine), and sisters-in-law, Karen (Richard),
Gwen (Arthur) and Connie; as well as many nieces and nephews.
Joe was predeceased by his parents, Lawrence and Helen Bradley;
brothers, Paul (Gail) and Barry; and his sister Valerie.
A Celebration of Joe’s (“Joey Bear”) Life will be held at a later date.
Condolences, memories and photos may be shared and viewed
on Joe’s obituary at If friends so
desire, memorial tributes may be made directly to the charity of
your choice.
In living memory of Joe Bradley, a tree will be planted in the
Ann & Sandy Cross Conservation Area by McInnis & Holloway
Funeral Homes, Airdrie, 300 Towerlane Drive, Airdrie, AB T4B 3L8,
Telephone: 403-948-1100.
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