Staunton Mennonite Church

2405 3rd St - Staunton, VA 24401

In Memory of Alden B. Bradford

  "As the Father has sent me, even so I send you." (John 20:21)


Alden Bannerman Bradford, 78, of 341 N. Madison Street, died peacefully at home on Monday, February 17, 2014. He was under the excellent care of Hospice of the Shenandoah at the time of his death.

He was born on August 31, 1935 in Atlanta, GA, the son of the late William and Christine (Bannerman) Bradford.

Prior to his retirement in September 1996, he was employed at Walter Reed Army Medical Center (WRAMC) in Washington, D.C., as a master electrician.

Mr. Bradford attended Fairfax High School, the University of Virginia, and received his B.A. degree from George Mason College. He served in the U.S. Navy for 2 years and in the Naval Reserve for 6 years.

He worked 10 years for the Letterex Corporation, a company owned by his father, as a sales representative. He later became an editor of U.S. Naval publications. In 1971 he began a 4-year apprenticeship in the electrical field. He worked for several private electrical companies in Maryland and Virginia before joining the Federal Government (WRAMC) in May 1976.

Mr. Bradford had a lifelong interest in aviation and held private and commercial pilotís licenses. He was a past member of the McLean Kiwanis Club, a Master Gardener, past president of the Prince William Wildflower Society, past president of the Friends of the Staunton Public Library, a member of the National Association of Active and Retired Federal Employees, chapter 178, and attended Staunton Mennonite Church.

Surviving are his widow, Jenifer (Stuart) Bradford, whom he married on June 5, 1971; a sister, Alicia Estes of Annapolis, Maryland; a niece, Kristina and a nephew, Robert Estes, and a great niece, Annie; seven cousins; and relatives in the United Kingdom.

The funeral will be private. A gathering of friends and relatives and a celebration of his life will take place in the Spring.

Memorials may be made to the Friends of the Staunton Public Library or the SPCA of Highland County, Virginia.