It is with sadness and regret that I announce the passing of V. A. Bradley Jr., on December 18, 2014. Vaughan (Dick) to his friends, was born in 1925 and sold company services door to door for the company his father, uncle and grandfather founded in 1930. Through the later years of the Great Depression, Dick Bradley went from household to household to ask if there were any appliances that needed repair. The men would fix anything.
While serving in the Navy in World War II, Dick Bradley built toasters by wrapping wire he horse traded from the electricians around plaster he horse traded from the infirmary used for making casts. The homemade toasters became valuable for other bartering deals.
After the war Dick returned to the company, to eventually buy it from his father and uncle during the 1950s. Despite having a 7th grade education, Mr. B (as my Dad and I called him) built a platform for Bradleys that exists today. His vision to lead the electric motor repair industry was instilled in me as a young teenager. Mr. B taught my dad Jim Williams Sr., and eventually, me, the meaning of integrity, quality and the simple rules for running a respectable business. My dear friend, Dick Bradley, will be sorely missed.
Jim Williams, Jr.