Robert (Bob) Huntington Bradford, “Pie,” of Elverson, PA, passed away July 15, 2022 at the age
of 90. He was born on February 15, 1932 in Plainfield, New Jersey, to the late Josephine
Huntington and Robert Pennell Bradford. He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Barbara
Griffith Bradford, and their four children: Robert Griffith Bradford (Lil) of Honeybrook, PA;
Gary Allen Bradford (Debbi) of Wilmington, DE; Anne Lynn Langloh (Drew) of Birmingham,
AL; and Timothy Merritt Bradford (Casey) of Atlanta, GA. He is survived by his nine
grandchildren: Robert Bradford; Giles, Emily and Timmy Bradford; Jack, Maggie and Thomas
Langloh; and Tim and Will Bradford. He is also survived by his sister Anne McCartney (Jack) of
Bob grew up in Swarthmore, PA. He attended Swarthmore High School where he played
football and graduated in 1950. He was close to many members of his class, especially the
gentlemen with whom he formed the infamous ‘poor man’s poker club;’ they met religiously on
Friday nights to play cards and enjoy each other’s company. He barely missed a Swarthmore
class of ‘50 reunion, as he loved connecting with those classmates and reliving the glory days of
high school and undefeated football seasons. Bob attended Sewanee, the University of the
South, where he continued to play football.
After college and two years of service in the US Army during the Korean war, he began his career
in the insurance business. For almost 60 years he was an independent insurance broker,
working first with smaller firms, before opening his own company, Bradford & Perrymore. He
finally retired with the Mainline Insurance Office, in 2016.
Bob was an avid sports enthusiast – a diehard fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, Penn State football
and Duke basketball. Taking his kids to Philadelphia sporting events was a favorite past time.
He was also a wonderful supporter of his children’s athletic endeavors - from coaching their
baseball teams, to presiding over the Berwyn-Paoli Little League association, to showing up to
their many games throughout high school. His love for ‘the game’ ran deep.
Another passion of Bob’s were antique cars. He could tell you the make, model and year of
almost any old car he saw. Although he only ever indulged in the purchase of one such vehicle,
he never tired of ‘looking’ at them; and he lovingly drug his family to car shows around
southeastern PA. For a few short years, before his four teenage kids commandeered it, he
proudly cruised around the Main Line in a 1965 convertible Corvair.
Bob’s servant heart and sense of community compelled him to be a dedicated Rotarian for 40
years. He first gave his time and talents to the Rotary Club of Paoli-Malvern-Berwyn, and then,
in his later years, to the Twin Valley Chapter in Morgantown.
Bob was the most committed and generous husband and father that a family could ever ask for.
He graciously supported his wife, children and grandchildren in any way he could. His kind
spirit and never ending supply of bad jokes will be forever missed.
A memorial service will be held on August 6, 2022, at 11:00 am, at Resurrection Episcopal
Church, Rockdale (2131 Mount Rd.
Aston, PA 1901). Interment will take place immediately following the service, at the adjoining