Charles Bradford

Charles F. "Charles" Bradford

1942 - 2020
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Charles “Charlie” F. Bradford
Southwest Harbor

Charles “Charlie” F. Bradford, 78, died March 10, 2020 in Ellsworth surrounded by his loving family. He was born February 19, 1942 in Manset, the son of Volney S. and Beulah Hope (Bulger) Bradford.
He attended Pemetic High School, Southwest Harbor. Charlie was introduced to his love of the ocean as a young boy by his grandfather. Some of his favorite memories, in addition to the special times with his family, was working with Carey Lewis on the sardine carrier and as lead yardman for Hinckley’s Yacht Company. He was proud to be a “friend of Bill’s” and March 20th would have marked his 40th year in the program and he was looking forward to the celebration. Charlie was both honored and humbled that he was able to help as many as he could to find their North Star and his in return. He was an “Island Boy” for all of his days, living a life of simplicity. He leaves a legacy of love, honesty and compassion.
Charlie is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ann Bradford of Bar Harbor, brother, Russell “Rusty” Bradford and wife, Lynn of Bass Harbor, daughters; Deborah Pelkey and wife, Tisha Gagnon of Rockland, Alyson Gill and husband, Eric Cave of Clarksville, AK and Charlotte Gill of Southwest Harbor. Sons; David Gill of Merritt Island, FL and Terry Morse and wife Lorie of Sedgwick and by his much-loved grandchildren; Jessica, Ashley, Joshua, Jayme, Emily, Gabriel, Jessie and several great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife, Rebecca Bradford, his parents and a brother, Owen Bradford.

Services will be announced at a later date.
Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton, ME 04605 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mt. Desert.
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I did not expect that today
would be the day;
back to the island you will be,
back at the island you are free.
Although today is not the day,
one day will be my day.
One day together again,
the day we both are free
On the island we will be.
- grandson, Gabriel Grasz
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    August 2nd, 2020 | 3:00pm
    August 2nd, 2020 3:00pm
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John Gannon

Posted at 10:04am
Charlie was always a comfort to see operating the lift when I approached with a boat to haul in a blow. His look of confidence in me and encouraging words comforted me when I lacked both in myself. Thanks, Charlie, Rest in Peace,
John G.

Paula Lamoureux

Posted at 03:31pm
To All of Charlie’s family and friends. I just loved Charlie. He was a ray of sunshine. He had such a sweet tooth but mostly a sweet personality. This community will miss this wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers to all.
Love Paula Lamoureux SWH

Suzanne Madeira Posted at 11:00pm

You said it so well. I totally agree. It was so nice to be able to visit with him at Hairworks last fall.

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