John A. Bradshaw, age 54, passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, October 2nd at Kingston General Hospital in Kingston, Ontario.
John was born on December 7th, 1955 to Margaret Plotner and R. Gerald Bradshaw. He graduated from Holy Family High School in Massena in 1974 and received a Bachelor of Science from Clarkson University in 1982. He was employed as the Equipment Manager for the Clarkson University Athletic Department. John continued to play men’s league hockey with the Pot-Bellies and the Part-timers and was a penalty box time-keeper for Clarkson Men’s Hockey.
Words can’t describe what John meant to those who knew him. He was a son, a brother, an uncle, and a co-worker but most of all, he was a friend. He was a friend that you could depend on to travel with, watch a game with or simply sit around a fire and talk with. John was the first person to call if you needed someone and he was always there to support his nieces and nephews in all of their sporting activities.
John loved to travel. He enjoyed watching and playing hockey and was an avid golfer and a member of the Potsdam Town and Country Club. He loved music and he was a great cook. John will be greatly missed by his family and others who knew him.
He is survived by his mother, Margaret Bradshaw of Potsdam; brothers, Richard (Christine) Bradshaw and James (Kim) Bradshaw both of Potsdam; sisters, Patty (Gary) Bennett , Meg (Fred) Mayer, Elizabeth Bradshaw (Bob Greene) of Potsdam, Mary McNally of Guelph, Ontario and Eileen Bradshaw (Tim Murray) of Oneonta; and many loving nieces and nephews.
John was predeceased by his father, R. Gerald Bradshaw.
Calling hours will be on Thursday, October 7th from 2:00 to 4:00 and 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.at the Garner Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam, at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, October 8th ,with Rev. Robert Aucoin officiating. Burial will follow the service at St. Mary’s Cemetery in Potsdam.
Contributions can be made in John’s memory to St. Mary’s Church in Potsdam as well as to the Potsdam Junior Hockey Association. Condolences can be made online at www.garnerfh.com