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Obituary: John Henry Bradford

John Henry Bradford 6/13/1951 ~ 11/6/2005 John Henry Bradford died peacefully November 6, 2005 from respiratory heart failure after a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis. He was a positive, fun-loving person and will be greatly missed. John was born June 13, 1951 to Henry Davis and Virginia Taylor Bradford. He attended East High School, graduating with the class of 1970. John loved engines and anything mechanical. In 1971 he attended United Airlines Jetma School in San Francisco. He was employed by Dunford Bakery for five years, and he worked two years at Utah Waste Paper Company. John also worked 16 years for the Salt Lake City School District until heart surgery and Multiple Sclerosis forced an early retirement. John enjoyed water sports, especially boating and using a water kite. He was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, snowmobiling, skiing, trips to family cabins and any kind of camping activity. His family appreciated his ability to repair anything at a moment's notice. His talent for telling humorous stories will leave heart warming memories with family and friends. His spiritual insight and sensitivity blessed many lives. His creative talents extended to a love of music. John's perfect pitch benefited his performance on keyboard in several bands where he also played the drums. John was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His favorite calling was working in the Salt Lake Temple, which he did from June 1995 to May 1998. John was the youngest of five children and the only boy. He very much appreciated his oldest sister Gerri's loving care in her home while recovering from heart surgery and dealing with MS related problems. He also felt blessed to be cared for by the outstanding staff at the Arlington Hills Care and Rehabilitation Center, Harmony Hospice and Hearts for Hospice for the past five years where he formed many wonderful friendships. Thank you Paul, Flora, Rosie, Linda, Betty, Nick and others who made each day of John's life peaceful and comfortable. He is survived by his four older sisters, Geraldine B. Russell, Salt Lake city; Marilyn B. Cutler (Kent), West Valley; Annette B. Dunford (Wyn), Seattle; and Barbara B. Brinton (Jim), Provo. He was preceded in death by his parents. Funeral services will be held Thursday, November 10 at 12:00 noon at the Foothill 7th Ward Chapel at 2215 Roosevelt Avenue in Salt Lake City. A viewing will be held Wednesday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Russon Brothers Salt Lake Mortuary, 255 South 200 East and Thursday morning from 10:30 to 11:45 at the Ward. Interment will be at the Salt Lake Cemetery. Online guest book and directional maps available at www.russonmortuary.com. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the M.S. Society.