Obituary Notice: Paul Francis Bradley

Obituary Notice: Paul Francis Bradley (Provided photo)

Paul Francis Bradley, 84, of Philipsburg died Friday, March 23, 2018, at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College.

He was born in Pittsburgh to the late Daniel and Catherine (Dalton) Bradley.

He proudly served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. He was a graduate of St. Vincent College in Latrobe, where he earned his Bachelor’s degree in education as well as the Small College All-American Football Award.

He completed his Master’s degree in guidance counseling from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Above all, he had a love of sports and working with the youth in and out of the classroom.   He was a teacher and football coach for Altoona Catholic (1958-1961) and Moshannon Valley School District (1961-1966).

He finished his career in education as a guidance counselor at the Philipsburg-Osceola Junior High School (1966-1993), where he also coached football, basketball and golf.

When he was not on the sidelines as a coach, you could often find him refereeing or umpiring a game as a PIAA official.   Upon retirement, he was employed for several years with the Philipsburg branch office of Skills of Central PA. He also kept connected with the youth and the community as a volunteer for the Moshannon Valley YMCA.

He was a member of the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Philipsburg, the Houtzdale American Legion, Freeberg Post No. 0591, the PASR organization for retired educators and the Philipsburg Elks Lodge No. 1173 and Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf before and after his retirement.

One of his passions was the Central Counties Golf Association, particularly the Youth Scholarship Program, which now bears his name.

He was the beloved husband of 58 years to Marguerite (Marcocci) Bradley, who he married on June 27, 1959 at Sacred Heart Church in Altoona.

He is also survived by his five children, Craig and Barbara Bradley of Harrisburg, Lisa and Tommy D’Amico of Durham, NC, Brian and Brittney Bradley of San Marcos, Cali., Kathleen and Scott Muthler of Roaring Spring and Erica and Jack Williams of Philipsburg; grandchildren and great-grandchildren, Lena (husband, Ryan), Rachel (husband, David), Mary, Annie, Julie, Jacob, Noah, Cole, Harley, Jocelyn, Eli, Jesse, Clara and Julia; and two siblings, Margaret Schmitt of Murrysville and Daniel Bradley (wife, Mary Jane) of Pittsburgh.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Kathleen Bradley; his brother, John Bradley; his brother-in-law, Fran Schmitt; his brother, Bill Bradley; and sister-in-law, June Bradley.

Friends will be received from 5 p.m. – 8 p.m., Tuesday with a rosary to be recited at 7:30 p.m., at the Beezer-Heath Funeral Home, 719 E. Spruce St., Philipsburg.

A funeral mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church, Philipsburg, with Father John Gibbons as celebrant.

Burial with military honors will be at the Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Cemetery, Philipsburg.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Moshannon Valley YMCA’s child and youth programming.

Online condolences may be submitted at www.beezerheathfh.com.

He will be missed by many, and forgotten by none.

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