Grover C. Bradley Jr., 59, financial officer and referee


Grover Cleveland Bradley Jr., a financial officer for the Patuxent Institution and a longtime high school football official, died of a heart attack Tuesday at Howard County General Hospital. The Columbia resident was 59.

Mr. Bradley had been employed as the chief fiscal officer at Patuxent Institution since 2002. He began working for the state in 1997, in accounting and management at the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

And for more than 30 years, until his retirement last year, he was an umpire and referee with the Washington District Football Officials Association. He officiated at varsity and junior varsity games in the Washington area, mostly in Howard, Montgomery and Prince George's counties.

Born in Queens, N.Y., Mr. Bradley graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1964. He obtained a bachelor's degree in chemical engineering in 1968 from the Pratt Institute in New York City and a master's degree in industrial management in 1969 from Purdue University in Indiana.

He served in the Army from 1968 to 1975, with postings at Aberdeen Proving Ground and in Germany and Vietnam. He then went into the Army Reserves, retiring in 1998 with the rank of major.

From 1975 to 1997, Mr. Bradley worked in accounting and management for private companies, including Shemin Nurseries in Burtonsville and Hunt Valley-based AAI Corp.

Mr. Bradley married Carol Ann Wallace in 1969.

He was a member of the Roman Catholic Church of the Resurrection in Ellicott City. He served as a Eucharistic minister and reader.

"He was on the Liturgy Committee for many years," said his daughter Pamela Wood of Glen Burnie.

An active member of the Knights of Columbus Resurrection Council No. 11341 where he was the financial secretary, Mr. Bradley was a fourth-degree knight and past grand knight. He was to have been installed Saturday as the district deputy for the Knights of Columbus Maryland State Council District 27.

Mr. Bradley also was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Vietnam Veterans of America and American Correctional Association.

Known to friends as "Brad," he enjoyed attending Orioles games, reading and family activities. He traveled with his wife, often to places of historical interest. The couple recently returned from a trip to the Plymouth area of Massachusetts.

A funeral Mass will be offered at 10:30 a.m. today at Church of the Resurrection, 3175 Paulskirk Drive, Ellicott City.

In addition to his wife of 36 years and daughter, survivors include a son, Daniel P. Bradley of Columbia; another daughter, Teresa Mueller of Salisbury; and a grandson.

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