From a contemporary press report:
VIRGINIA BEACH — Retired U.S. Navy Lt. Kenneth F. Bradley, Supply Corps, 51, died unexpectedly doing what he loved most — running with his Green Run High School girls soccer team during practice. He died Monday, March 26, 2001. He was born August 27, 1949, in Camden, New Jersey.
He retired from the U.S. Navy after 23 years of service. He served in Vietnam and was a navy chief corpsman. His last duty station was the Navy Exchange in Portsmouth.
He was a government teacher at Green Run High School where he was the girls soccer coach. He was also a coach for the Beach F.C. Soccer Club and the Boys Atlantic Soccer Club. He was a member of the Planning Commission and Community United Methodist Church.
His most prized possessions were his children and their accomplishments.
He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Cyndy; his cherished children, Brigitte and her husband, Brian, Kelly, Colleen and Kenneth, all of Virginia Beach; his mother, Marie A. Bradley of Glassboro, N.J.; three sisters, Kathy Walkhoff, Karen Richards and Kim Kates; a special niece, Stacey Young and her son, Jaelin; six nephews; sister-in-law, Marsha Mulvenna. His father, Franklin S. Bradley, preceded him in death.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Community United Methodist Church. Dr. G. Keith Almond will officiate. Burial will be at a later date in Arlington National Cemetery. A reception will follow the service at 1 p.m. at the Green Run High School Library where the family will receive friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to Green Run School for either the Kenneth W. Bradley Scholarship fund or the Green Run Girls Soccer Scholarship in Memory of Kenneth F. Bradley. Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, is in charge.
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