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Ronald L. Bradley, Sr.
December 25, 1943 ~ January 4, 2024 (age 80) 80 Years Old
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Ronald L. Bradley, Sr. (80) of Myrtle Beach, SC passed away peacefully on January 4, 2024, surrounded by his loving family.
Ron was a loving son to the late Cecil and Ann Bradley, brother to James Bradley, Stephen Bradley, and Shirley Meeks. He was predeceased in death by his brother Raymond Bradley. Ron was born on December 25, 1943, in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2020, Ron and his beautiful wife, Gloria, moved to Myrtle Beach, a place they both loved and cherished.
After graduating high school, Ron worked at Bethlehem Steel as a Millwright for 37 years until he retired.
Ron wore many titles - husband, father, son, brother, uncle, poppy, friend and his most well-known title, coach. He had the privilege of doing what he truly loved, coaching baseball. He coached the Yankee Rebels and Harbor Federal (also known as Highland Federal) 14-16 age group. He won multiple national championships in the Mickey Mantle and NABF tournaments. He coached and mentored numerous players who went on to play in the Major Leagues. He also had the honor of helping develop players for the junior and varsity baseball team at Sparrows Point High School. His two sons, Ron and Rob had the honor of being coached by not only their father but a well-respected and renowned coach. In November 2019, Ron was inducted into the Old Timers Baseball Hall of Fame. This was truly an honor to be recognized by so many individuals.
Ron dedicated himself to his family and friends. He brought so much joy and laughter to the lives of those around him. He was loved by everyone who knew him. Besides spending time with his family and friends, he enjoyed playing golf, trivia and singing karaoke at his favorite spot in Myrtle Beach, Harry the Hats.
Ron was a devoted husband to his loving wife Gloria Jean (nee Crosby), whom he married in 1963 and just celebrated 60 years of marriage in October. He was a loving father to Ronald Bradley, Jr. and wife Gina, Robert Bradley and wife Rona and Robyn Catlin and fiancé Bob. He was the best poppy to his six grandchildren, Kristen, Zachary, Danielle, Amanda, Justin, and Alyssa along with nine great grandchildren and one on the way. Ron was a faithful fur dad to his loyal and beautiful pup, Gracie who passed away in 2021. Ron loved life and was always so proud of his family. He will forever be cherished and missed beyond words.
His legacy in this world will always be one of giving, caring, and mentoring young lives. Ron’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of everyone that knew him. His memory will continue to shine bright through all the stories shared by family and friends. A Celebration of Life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to: St. Jude Childrens Research Hospital, Kind Keeper Animal Rescue, American Cancer Society. (see links below)