For the community and those who only knew my son as Bob or officer, we knew him as Bobby.
He lost his mother to illness at an early age. As a single parent, Bobby was easy to raise (well, sort of). He was a happy, bright, precocious little guy conversing and debating everyone at their peril, even at 21/2.
Rather than be idle, we had a motto in our household: “We have things to do,”’ and wow, did he do those things. He had a firm grasp of his lessons learned in our home and carried them with him when he left.
He departed our home as an achiever, and I expected nothing less.
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My wonder was revealed when I went to his funeral. His public life was unanticipated because of his private nature. I knew he was capable, tireless in his tasks and leisure because he “had things to do.”
Bobby was a good son and brother, just a joy, and it pleases me he allotted half his life to the Centre County community.
I am happy for all who knew him and celebrated his life with us. I was honored and I humbly thank you. You all are blessed by knowing him and you must know I came home with a broken heart, sad but filled with gladness.
Bobby did me proud.
He left his family, his job, friends and community all with the lessons he taught us — enduring grace, love, dignity and respect.
We are indeed greater for having Bobby for a short 43 years, and I thank him because I know “he has things to do.”
Robert W. Bradley Sr.