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Stephen Haile Bradford

  • On December 29, 2021
Stephen Haile Bradford was born September 11, 1953, in New Bedford, Massachusetts, to George Leroy Bradford and Alice Buckingham Bradford.  The family later moved to Michigan City, Indiana, where he spent most of his childhood.
Stephen graduated from Western Michigan University with a degree in Aviation, and later earned a Masters degree in Commercial Aviation from Delta State University.
While working in aviation jobs, he lived in Tulsa, OK, South Sioux City, NE, Indianapolis, IN, Laurel, MD, and Alexandria, VA, before settling in the Pittsburgh area in 1988.
His airline career began in 1986 when he was hired by USAir, and ended with his retirement from American Airlines in 2018.
Steve Bradford was a Professional Airline Captain with a 30 year history of demonstrated success in leadership positions.  He was a founding father and first president of the US Airline Pilots Association.
In his professional positions, Captain Bradford established and maintained the highest professional standards for his crew and his union, especially during turbulent periods of management/labor negotiations.
Captain Bradford was responsible for ensuring the  timely, safe and efficient integration of three airline pilot groups during a merger that created the largest airline in the world, American Airlines.
He died suddenly, December 27, 2021, in his McMurray, PA home.
He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Sally, their two children, Daniel and Emily, and his three sisters, Judith Druener (Ronald) of Panama City, FL, Alexa Bradford (Delton Simmons) of Santa Fe, NM, and Elizabeth Bradford of Seattle, WA.

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Adrienne Eisele White
To Steve's family, I'm so sorry for your loss. Know that your family is in my thoughts and prayers. I graduated w/Steve from Elston.
Sally Krentz Finck
So sorry to hear about Steve.I went to school withhi. At Long Beach and Michigan City. A sudden, untimely passing is always a shock! May you, his wonderful family be comforted with many warm and wonderful memories. My sincere sympathy for your loss.
Linda Riggs
I’m so sorry to hear about Steve. Your family is in my thoughts. I went to high school with Steve and recently seen him at our elementary school reunions.
Jim Clark
This is such a shock. From Long Beach School to today I have counted Steve a good friend. School, Boy Scouts, Band and as we went our separate ways after high school, I told many many stories about Steve . To the entire Bradford family, to all of his friends and associates, i offer my sincere condolences. We have lost a great friend, a great man, and I promise to continue telling stories about him .
Barbara Anderson Carter
Steve was a very dear friend from Jr. High and High School. Many of us lost contact, and Steve and Curtis Sprague put together a Long Beach grade school reunion in 2015 and we all started re-connecting. I am really shocked he is gone, he was one of God’s finest here on this earth. He was a friend who was at the top of the list of great friends, someone who was deeply caring of others. Steve had an encyclopedic knowledge of where everyone lived and where they were in Long Beach that was incredible. His humor was the best. I am so sad for the family and relatives of Steve, because he is one of a kind, and I can’t imagine how hard this is. Please let us know if there is a service, or a charity he would like donations sent to and I will pass the word to his friends. Huge love, we miss him terribly. May he be at peace with the Lord.
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