Harvey Bradley created a legacy of integrity, humor, commitment, friendship, honesty, kindness, faith, love and family for close to nine decades. He passed away peacefully at the age of 89 on July 3, 2020 while at home in Palmdale, CA. He was surrounded by his daughter and caretaker Linda Sanders and her husband Brad Sanders. Born in Dallas, Texas at his family home the 30th of January in 1931, Harvey was the only child of Sibyl Lucille (Tomlinson) and Harvey Lee Bradley. He spent the early portion of his childhood in Dallas and after his parents’ divorce, his mother and new step- father welcomed him to the Southern California community of Eagle Rock. Their new home was nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains adjacent to Pasadena. His beautiful mother was one of the original Breck Girls of the 1930’s and Wilfred, his stepfather, was a teacher, writer and newspaper journalist who owned a bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. Harvey’s teen age years were spent being honored as an Eagle Scout, swimming at the beaches, reservoirs and harbors of the region, mowing lawns for cash and working at the Original Pioneer Market on the now famous Colorado Boulevard. Harvey had early on adopted the nick name of “Micky”. He was an active participant in the typical youth culture of the 1940’s and showed off his customer service skills as a “Soda Jerk” under the employment of Jones Pharmacy in downtown Eagle Rock. Bradley graduated from Eagle Rock High School in 1949 and was soon drafted for service in the Regular Army during the Korean War. He quickly earned the rank of Corporal and was assigned to the General Headquarters- Far East Command. Following this, he was transferred to the Tokyo headquarters of General MacArthur. He finished his term on the Korean peninsula. Harvey received an Honorable Discharge in November of 1952 and was awarded three service medals including the United Nations medal of service. Upon returning to the States he enrolled in engineering classes at Pasadena City College and began what would become a career in the grocery busines by way of employment at the L.A. Farmers Market under the mentorship of his boss and family friend George Stone. By 1955, Harvey had met and proposed to his future wife and life partner, Margaret Jurling, also of Eagle Rock. Together they would establish a family of strong faith, passion, and a healthy balance of love from both parents. Harvey was committed to moving his wife to a rural community and close enough to his parents to include them in his life. After a January 1956 wedding, they would relocate to the High Desert communities of the Antelope Valley where Harvey had secured a management position with what was then called Shopping Bag in Palmdale. The Valley was much different back at mid Century, boasting extensive agricultural production farms and ranches and less than 5,000 folks living in Palmdale. Harvey often commented on the star-studded skies, crisp, clean air and wide-open spaces of the 2600 ft elevation Mojave Desert environment. Growth was on everyone’s mind in 1956 and the aerospace industry was making big promises for an international airport location in the windy valley. Later as the population grew and after multiple business mergers, Harvey’s employer would become Vons Food Stores. He was a proud lifetime member of the Retail Clerks Union (local 770) and would continue this employment over the years with other familiar names such as Food Fair, Safeway, Quartz Hill Market, Food Farm and Albertsons. Harvey was committed to his family and bragged constantly about his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He thanked God daily for the love and commitment of Margaret, his wife and partner of 45 years. As a 65-year resident of the Antelope Valley, Harvey prided himself in real estate investment and was good at it. His acquisitions included properties throughout the Valley as well as Bishop, and the Counties of San Diego, Kern, San Luis Obispo and Shasta. “The Home Place” however for the majority of his adult life was spent with Margaret and the children on 16th St West on acreage they acquired in 1971. Because of his good investments, careful financial planning and the extraordinary commitment of Margaret, he was able to retire in the early 80’s and begin a small landscape business with his youngest son Dwayne. He concentrated his resources on caring for his elderly parents, spending time with his children and grandchildren and the ability to travel with Margaret. New adventures included a second residence for a time in Pacific Beach which the entire family enjoyed. He was also able to reconnect with his biological father’s family and visit his birthplace in Texas. Harvey Bradley or “Harv” was truly humble and a friend to all he came into contact with as well as a joy to be around. His grocery customers were always greeted with original warmth, laughter and unique enthusiasm. Some were treated to a story or Oscar winning performance of comedy. His friends and family value the personality and kindness of a man that will last generations. He had a sharp and enduring sense of humor and targeted victims always needed to be ready because he had plenty of verbal innovations and “Harveyisms” which he regularly utilized and always in good fun. His laugh was contagious and memorable and could go on for several minutes. Many of those historic Harvey moments are remembered to this day by family members and each story gets better as the years go by. Harvey enjoyed many outdoor activities including golf, back country driving down old dirt roads and camping (especially with the family). His real passion for the outdoor environment was fishing. He was a longtime member of the Palmdale Fin and Feather Club and spent many a morning fishing for trout at the reservoir and in Inyo County, Mono County, Dunsmuir on the Sacramento River and in Southern Oregon. Most of his excursions included the 1968 Ford Truck he affectionately referred to as Old Red which is still operating today. Many of his adventures were shared or driven by his best friends Smitty Smith and Sal Torres. He loved and cherished his wife, his family, the Dallas Cowboys, ice cream, bean soup, HOT meals, Big Boy hamburgers, Denny’s Sr Meals, peanuts, maps of any kind, the classifieds, real estate listings, a good cigar , a rushing river, high mountain lakes, and his favorite chair. His beer of choice back in the day was “Olympia”. Although he wore the required white shirt of the grocer at work, Harvey set his own “casual fashion standards” and did not apologize for his comfort. Harvey is survived by his son Michael Bradley (Kimberly) of Paso Robles, CA, daughter Linda Sanders (Brad) of Palmdale, CA, daughter Suzy Schiavone (Stephen) of Durham, NC; Aunt , Dorothy Morris of Denver, CO; Cousin, Cindy Reynolds ( Craig) of Tulsa, OK; Grandchildren Heather Banks (37), Jennifer Sanders (34), Michael Sanders ( 32), Gabriel Bradley (32), Luke Bradley (28), Levi Bradley (19); Great Grandchildren Kate Banks (8), Riley Banks (6), Maggie Banks (1), Mikaiah Sanders (3) and Tyson Sanders (1). He is preceded in death by his father Harvey Lee Bradley (1956, Mother Sybil Lucille Dellquest (1988), Step Father A.W. Dellquest (1988), His wife Margaret Marie Bradley (2001), and son Dwayne Bradley (2016) Harvey was a member of the Lancaster Assembly of God Church. A Celebration of Life will be held in the late winter of 2021 due to statewide pandemic restrictions at the time of death. The immediate family will hold a private remembrance at the Desert Lawn Memorial Park in Palmdale on August 6, 2020. The Pastor directing the service will be his grandson Michael Sanders. In Lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Parkinson’s Research in the name of Harvey Bradley. Donations can be accepted online, by mail or phone at the Michael J Fox Foundation, P.O. Box 5014, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5014; www.michaeljfox,org; 1-800-708-1644
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