11/02/06 - NNHS Newsletter -

Michael Owen Bradford
(04 Jan 1948 - 01 Nov 2006)

Newport News High School Class of 1966

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,   

   We have yet another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter.  I called him "Mike"; he seems to have been called "Moby" by many others.  However you knew him,    Moby Bradford of the Class of 1966 has passed away.  He was the younger brother of    Wilton "Brad" Bradford ('61) of VA, and step brother of    Harry Barritt ('64) of VA.  His late mother,    Lallie Bradford, was our cafeteria manager at NNHS for many years.  

  From Dee Hodges Bartram ('66) of VA - 11/02/06 - "Notice for    Michael O. 'Moby'

Please post this on your site.


   Oh nooo, Dee, thank you so much for bringing this to my attention.  I had not picked up on it yet - and may never have.....


From the Daily Press - 11/02/06 and 11/03/06:

Michael O. 'Moby' Bradford

SUFFOLK - Michael O. 'Moby' Bradford, 58, father of Amie Bradford died Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006. Funeral service 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4 at Peninsula Funeral Home. Burial in Peninsula Memorial Park. Arrangements by Peninsula Funeral Home.

Published in the Daily Press on 11/2/2006.

SUFFOLK - Michael O. Bradford, 58, known to friends and colleagues as Moby, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 1, 2006, after a courageous battle with Ciliary Body Melanoma. Born Jan. 4, 1948, to Lallie and Brad Bradford, he was a Hampton Roads resident all his life. Moby grew up sailing and fishing on the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. He graduated from Newport News High School in 1966 and then entered the Newport News Shipbuilding Apprentice School. He graduated the Apprentice School in 1970 and started work in X14 Mold Loft. Moby worked on a variety of projects through his 40 year career; the LNG project in the 70's, Seawolf, Sealift, Double Eagles, the CVN 21 project and was a leading player in the development of Catia for structural design. During the Double Eagle project, Moby traveled to Odense, Denmark, and worked first hand with the Odense shipyard for several months. On his current assignment, CVN 21 project, Mike worked with Dassault Systems and traveled to Mississippi, California and Paris, France, to help assure the appropriate software was received. Moby also was the author of several shipbuilding handbooks and guidelines used in structural design and fabrication. Moby was a mentor that touched too many people to mention. His expertise, compassion and patience was something to be admired. Moby loved all things nautical and greatly enjoyed his work, tackling new challenges and designs and mentoring his co-workers. He was recognized as a 'Master Shipbuilder' in June 2006, his 40th anniversary at Northrop Grumman, Newport News. He was an avid fan of the University of Virginia sports and NASCAR, and had a great interest in military history. Mike leaves to cherish his memory his daughter, Amie Bradford of Carbondale, Ill.; a brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Pauline Bradford of Suffolk; a nephew, Doug Bradford; a niece, Cindy Bradford-Scott of Ashburn, Va.; a stepbrother, Harry Barritt Jr. and wife, Susan, of Newport News; surrogate mom, Gertrude Burks, and a special friend, Anne Martin, of Suffolk. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Peninsula Funeral Home. A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at the funeral home with burial to follow in Peninsula Memorial Park.

Published in the Daily Press on 11/3/2006.  

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Michael Owen Bradford
Fall of 1965



I first worked with your dad at the yard in the mid-70's and have counted him as a friend as well as a valued associate ever since. I just lost my father a little more than a week ago so I know there's a big hole that will take time to heal. You're in my thoughts - Moby was a fine man!
Rudy Hendricks (Hampton, VA ) - November 2, 2006
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Amie- I'm so sorry to hear about your dad. You are in my prayers! If there is anything I can do please let me know. I love you.
Dawn Sanders (Hampton, VA ) - November 2, 2006
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No bond is as great as that between a parent and a child. My deepest condolences are with you as you grieve. As you know, I lost my father 3 years ago and I am here if you want to talk.
Stephanie  - November 2, 2006
I am so sorry for your loss sweetie. Rest easy knowing he is no longer in pain, and in a better place. If there is anything you need, just call and I am there!! Love you lots!
Jen Lambert (Newport News, VA ) - November 2, 2006
Mike was a special person, he was one of a kind.

He will be greatly missed by his co-workers who he mentored and the various others he came in contact with or influenced in the US and Internationally.

I want to express my deepest sympathy to the family.

Know that we share your loss and will also miss "Moby".
Ken Pleasant (Yorktown, VA ) - November 2, 2006
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I want to express my deepest sympathy to you, Mike's brother Brad and the family.
I have had the privilege to have known Mike over the last 30 years, Mike was a neighbor, co-worker, mentor, friend and a fraternal brother to me. And I will greatly miss him.
But always know, he loved you and was very proud of you.
If you every need anything, I am just a call away.
May God be with you.
Arnold & Debbie Vass (Newport News, VA ) - November 3, 2006
MOBY, you will be greatly missed. I have enjoyed all of the good times we had over the 30 years that I have known you inside & outside the shipyard (the VAN club). I will ALWAYS remember the GREAT times that you & I, Bob Drury, Jay White & Skip Brown had in Denmark. I will truly miss seeing & talking to you. Always love Bill Topping
Bill Topping (Hampton, VA ) - November 3, 2006
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I well remember Michael Bradford as we grew up in the same neighborhood. He frequented Manning's Grocery Store, where I worked in high school. He was always so kind. He graduated with my sister Cheryl in '66. His brother Wilton graduated with my wife, Patty in '61. I graduated in '60. I spoke on the phone to Michael two or three years ago and asked if he was the Buxton Ave. Michael Bradford and he said, "yes". We had a great talk...it had started as a Shipyard business call. My sincere sympathy to Amie, Wilton and all other loved ones.
Fred Mays (Newport News, VA ) - November 3, 2006
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Dear Amie,
Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. I'm so sorry for your loss. I know your Dad had a lot to be proud of, so take comfort in your happy memories as you work through this difficult time. Please write me if you need anything.
Linne DiIorio (Richmond, VA) - November 3, 2006
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I want to express my deepest sympathy to you, Mike's brother Brad, and the family. I go way back well over 40+ years with Mike when we ran together in High School, until a few weeks ago when I took ill and have been out of work since. Amie, your Dad was a Very Great Man professionally and personally. Always a smile on his face when we met, and he had the strength of a man I hope I can acquire some day. He will never be forgotten in many of our hearts. If able, I will be at the service and if not please don't hesitate to call 24/7 if you need anything. I have a little girl also that's 35 and I know Mike would offer the same. May God be with you as Mike is with him today
Ron Roach (Zuni, VA ) - November 4, 2006
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Roger Haskett (Norfolk, VA ) - November 4, 2006
Dear Bradford Family,
I would like to extend my condolences to your family. Moby was a great man. He was very dear to my family. I feel blessed that I had a chance to know someone like Moby. I know in my heart that he is in a better place and he is not feeling any pain. My prayers are with your family. God bless.
Tami Vass (Newport News, VA ) - November 5, 2006  
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Dear Wilton, As I told you on Friday night, so sorry to hear about Mike. We all were the Buxton Avenue Gang and had a great time together as kids. Now Mike will join Craig, Kay and Jerry Z. Take care & love, Karrin
Karrin Williams Frankie (Newport News, VA ) - November 6, 2006  
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Wilton, with some trepidation I will refer to your brother as I always did: "Fearless Earless". He always got a laugh out of that. Actually I think it was his creation. Our family lived next door at 4 Executive Drive. Mike, Neal, Brian Bleakly, and I had quite some times in high school days. He will be fondly remembered for those days and also as an impressive shipbuilder. He had my father's respect in the Mold Loft days, something none of the rest ever had. I am proud to call myself a friend of Mike Bradford.
Lee Abrahamson (Newport, TN ) - November 6, 2006   
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    Our deepest sympathies are extended to Moby's family and friends.

  From Cheryl Mays Howard ('66) of VA - 11/07/06 - "Memorial":

We were saddened to see the passing of   Mike Bradford. I was in his 1st -7th grade class at Woodrow Wilson Elementary and then on to NNHS. I remember   his sweet mother (Lallie Bradford) who occasionally volunteered in the cafeteria during our lunch hour.
Peace & Blessing,

   Thank you, Cheryl. 


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