James M. Bradley Jr., 70, of Parkersburg, W.Va., passed away July 18, 2014.
Jim was born June 11, 1944, in Uniontown, Pa., as the only son of the late James M. Bradley Sr. and Elizabeth Loretta Bradley.
He is survived by his wife of 33 years, Laura Bradley; his two daughters, Julia Bradley of Tampa, Fla., and Lindsey Bradley Farrell, along with her husband, Dr. James Farrell of Washington, D.C.; and his two sisters, MaryJane Bradley of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Ann Bradley Cox of Charleston, W.Va.
Jim was a 1962 graduate of Parkersburg Catholic High School, and attended Duquesne University where he received his undergraduate degree in 1966 and Juris Doctorate in 1970. He was admitted to practice in the courts of West Virginia, and before the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of West Virginia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. While Jim could fairly be described as a general practitioner, handling a broad variety of legal matters, he also served for several years as legal counsel the Committees on Health and Energy of the West Virginia Senate. He was a respected trial lawyer and in recent years, embraced with enthusiasm, appointments as guardian ad litem for abused children on multiple cases.
Jim served on several boards and committees for community improvement. He was a member of the Board of Directors for the Volunteer Action Committee, and for a number of years, was a member of the Mid-Ohio Valley Board of Health where he also served as a chairman. Jim was a charter member of the Blennerhassett Historical Park Commission, during which time the Commission authored and marshaled the motion to reconstruct the Blennerhassett Mansion. A member of the scholarship committee for the Vienna Men's Golf Association and golf coach for the Parkersburg Catholic Junior High Golf Team, his love for golf and working with children were prominent in all his endeavors.
Jim will be remembered for his kind and generous heart, his loyalty to his loved ones, friends, and the organizations in which he strongly believed and took an active role. His voracious curiosity, love of learning, and passion of giving back to those in need, serves as inspiration to all who follow in his footsteps. In his leisure time, Jim could always be found on the golf course or in his garden where his many vegetables and flowers continue to grow. He knew his way around a dance floor and also around a putting green. Jim believed that the more he learned the more he lived, and in this way, he leaves this world with a life full of passions, memories and love.
Visitation and service will be held at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg. Visitation will be from 5-8 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. The service will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home, with visitation an hour prior.
In celebration of Jim's work toward helping children, donations can be made in his memory to the Children's Listening Place, 1206 Market St., P.O. Box 765, Parkersburg, WV 26102.