Thomas Edward Bradley of Hoover passed away on Saturday December, 5, 2020. Tom had a long and proud career with over 60 years in the fire service. He began his career in 1949 with the City of Bessemer Fire and then served 25 years with Birmingham Fire before retiring as a Captain in 1973. In 1974 he decided to re-enter the fire service and accepted the position as Chief of the City of Hoover Fire Department where he provided guidance and leadership to it becoming one of the highest rated fire departments in the state until his retirement at the age of 80 in 2009 with an additional 35 years of service. He was very well respected in the fire service as a true leader guiding many firefighters and associates into strong career paths throughout his life. Tom was a very special person and loved by all, he was a provider, a mentor, a nurturer, a teacher, and a protector. He was a husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and a great grandfather and a good friend to all who knew him. He was well known for his sense of humor and ability to bring a laugh with friends and associates. Tom was a devout Catholic with a love for the Holy Rosary. He was a devoted member and one of the original founding families at the Prince of Peace Catholic Church.
He was preceded in death by his wife Rebecca Lindley Bradley; parents John and Margaret Bradley; his eldest son James Patrick Bradley; brothers John, Jim and Sam Bradley; sister Mary Ann (Fernando) Becattini; his nephews John, Mike, Pat and Kenny; and niece Peggy. He is survived by his sister Margaret Jean Cook; daughters Teresa Bradley and Ann Marie (Kevin) Kononchek; sons Gordon (Claudia) Bradley, Bill (Kathy) Bradley and Matthew (Michelle) Bradley. Granddaughters Allison (Joel) Solomon, Jennifer (Carson) Cline, Amanda Bradley and Savanah Bradley, Avery and Lucy Kononchek and Rebecca Bradley. Grandsons Kevin (Leslie) Bradley, Jim Cox Bradley, Brendan and Finn Kononchek and Matthew Bradley. Great-grandson Corbin LeMaster and great-granddaughters Madeline and Mary Solomon, Meadow Cline and Collins Bradley. He is also survived by a large number of nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Prince of Peace Catholic Church in Hoover, AL. The Funeral Mass will begin at 11:00am on Thursday, December 10, 2020 from the church sanctuary with Father John Fallon officiating. Due to Covid-19 restrictions, only those who have been invited by the family will attend the service at the church. Everyone else is welcome to attend the outside service at the cemetery. Entombment will follow at 1:00pm at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South in Hoover, AL with U.S. Navy and Fire Department honors.
During the committal ceremony, there will be outside gathering space available at the Abbey Mausoleum at Jefferson Memorial Gardens, South for those who wish to attend. The funeral procession from the church to the cemetery will follow the route by taking a left turn from the church, down Preserve Parkway, and a left turn onto Hwy 150, to the cemetery on the left. Friends are more than welcome to pay respects on the procession route or the outside area at the mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Cancer Society of America or the Catholic Charities.
The service can be streamed live at www.popcatholic.org