Henry E. Bradley "Hank"

Henry E. Bradley, age 93, of Wilmington, DE passed away on February 25, 2019 at the Wilmington Veterans Hospital.

Born in Bel Air, MD, he was the son of the late Clara (Kerr) and John Joseph Bradley. As a child, he survived polio and, even though it left him with a significant limp, he never let it stand in his way.  During WWll, at the age of 17, he enlisted in the Merchant Marines. Their mission was to deliver supplies to the troops around the world. Their ship was always escorted by Battleships to protect their cargo from the enemy. After the war, he became an Ironworker with Local 451. He helped build the Delaware Memorial Bridges 1 and 2 and several other bridges and buildings along the east coast. He and his brothers often worked together. He was Building Superintendent for the Budd Metal Co. in Wilmington for 25 years. At the age of 40, Hank was recruited and joined the Naval Reserves, serving as Chief Petty Officer for 20 years. Although he officially retired 30 years ago, he continued to work up until the age of 82. In addition to his parents and nine siblings, Hank was predeceased by his wife Geraldine Bradley in 2013. They would have celebrated 71 years of marriage on February 28th.

Hank is survived by his son, Scott Bradley (Barbara) of Elkton, MD; his daughters, Karen Gerhard (Wayne) of Lewes, DE and Cynthia Prang of Wilmington, DE; his 7 grandchildren, 9 great grandchildren, and 2 great great grandchildren.

The family would like to offer a special thanks to Lori Phillips and Ethel Davis for taking care of Dad. They will always be a part of the family.

A visitation will be held on Thursday March 7, 2019 at the Mealey Funeral Home, 2509 Limestone Road Wilmington, DE 19808 from 11 A.M. until 12:15 P.M. Funeral services and burial will be held immediately following at the Delaware Veterans Cemetery in Bear, DE. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to St. John the Beloved Church, 907 Milltown Road Wilmington, DE 19808. Online condolences may be made at


Submitted by Izzy W. on
I am deeply sorry for your loss. I'm reaching out with some encouragement as I too have lost many loved ones in death. One thing that has helped me to cope many times is a promise made by Jesus Christ. He talked about a resurrection of the dead in a Paradise Earth where all of us will see our loved ones again! Jesus promises in John 5:28, 29: “All those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” Another comforting promise in the Bible is found at Psalms 37:10,11. My Grandfather, who was also a WWII veteran, looked forward to its fulfillment very much. It speaks of world conditions under God’s Kingdom rule. It says: “The wicked will be no more; You will look at where they were, And they will not be there. But the meek will possess the earth, And they will find exquisite delight in the abundance of peace.” I hope these verses comfort you as they have comforted me. My heart and prayers go out to you. Below is a link to a very encouraging Bible-based brochure entitled, When Someone You Love Dies. Please use your personal Bible with this brochure as you read it in the months ahead. Deepest Sympathies, Izzy

Submitted by Ana Williams on
I am sorry for the loss of your love one Henry E. Bradley. May you have many happy memories. The best source of comfort comes from the bible. Christ Jesus own death and resurrection opened the way for mankind to be release from death by means of the Earthly Resurrection. There is going to be a resurrection of both the righteous and the unrighteous. Acts 24:15