Bradley, David Reed

David Reed Bradley, 69, of Avon, CT, passed away peacefully on November 30th at home with his wife by his side. Born January 19, 1950, David was the son of Florence Reed Bradley, formerly of Glastonbury, CT, and the late Clifton E. Bradley.
David graduated from Glastonbury High School in 1967 and from Brown University in 1971 with a B.S. in Applied Mathematics. At Brown, David was very active in the musical theatre program and made many close, lifelong friends, who traveled the world with him. He was also a member of the Rhode Island National Guard. Following his graduation from Brown, David entered the actuarial program at The Hartford, where he rose to Executive Vice President during his 29 year tenure. He was a Member of the American Academy of Actuaries.
David was a passionate musician. He began music lessons from his grandmother at age 3, organ lessons at age 11, ballet school accompanist at age 14, followed by a lifetime as an organist in area churches. He was an interim and substitute organist and a 40-year member of Asylum Hill Congregational Church and served on many committees, including chairing the Stewardship Committee.
David formed the Worthington Trio with his wife, Kathleen (cellist) and Dr. Lisa Kugelman (violinist). In addition to being a phenomenal musician, he loved sports, including golf, tennis and squash. He was an avid fan of the UConn Women’s Basketball Team. He enjoyed spending many summers at Cape Cod with his family.
David is survived by his wife of eight years, Kathleen Schiano; his son James Stedman Bradley of New York, NY; his daughter Eleanor Grace Bradley Healy, her husband Michael, and their son William Wells Stedman Healy, of Weston, CT; and Kathleen’s son Christopher Schiano of Simsbury, CT. In addition to his mother, David is also survived by his sister Janet Bradley and her husband Douglas McNally, of Windsor, MA; and his aunt Carrie Mobsby of Glastonbury, CT. The Bradley Family would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the many family, friends and neighbors, who were so kind to David; and most especially to Seth Koranteng of Visiting Angels, who skillfully and lovingly cared for David in the past few months.
A Service of Remembrance will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, December 6th at Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford, with a reception to follow.
On Saturday, December 7th, family and friends are invited to gather at Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street in Avon, CT, at 11:00 a.m. Burial with a graveside service will follow.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the David Bradley Music Fund at Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085. Please share a memory or note of sympathy at

Calling Hours

Friday, December 6th at 11:00 a.m in Asylum Hill Congregational Church, 814 Asylum Avenue, Hartford

Funeral Service

Saturday, December 7th at 11:00 a.m Avon Congregational Church, 6 West Main Street Avon, CT


Saturday, December 7th Graveside Service following Words of Remembrance

Memorial Contribution

David Bradley Music Fund ~ Ahern Funeral Home, 111 Main Street, Unionville, CT 06085

6 Responses to 'Bradley, David Reed'

  1. Hank Jonas says:

    I join my dad Dr. Jonas with my added condolences to Kathy as we remember Dave. I appreciated Dave’s mentoring on the Harding Shores Board of Directors, as well as his superb leadership of the organization. I also enjoyed seeing him every day running around our neighborhood, which kept my motivation up. Everyone at Harding Shores will miss Dave very much and are keeping Kathy and the family in our thoughts.



  3. Harry S Jonas says:

    I first met David when he started spending summers in our neighborhood of Harding Shores. David was a “people person” and was always so nice to everyone. He offered much of his wisdom and leadership to the Harding Shores Association. He always had the ability to work with others and minimize controversy.

  4. Jo-Ann Ferari Holmes says:

    To Jan and all of the family, I’m so sorry to hear about David. I remember him and his many gifts. Although you will be grieving, I hope you will soon be able to achieve peace of mind. Much love.

  5. Thomas Condon says:

    I met David in first grade at Naubuc School, Glastonbury. I became friends with him right away, and used to go to his house after school to play. His family lived right across from the school so it was a short walk. What I remember most clearly about David was that he was the smartest kid in our class, probably in the whole school. If I remember correctly, he even was a good pianist at this young age. He was also a member of our Cub Scout Den, my mother was the den mother and we had meetings at our house on Spring St. Ext. I recently found some old photos of the five or six of us (cub scouts) at one of our meetings, David included. I last talked to him at our 50th class reunion. He was a good man and will be missed by all. My condolences to his family.

    Tom Condon

  6. Diane Davis says:

    One of the nicest person I knew at the Hartford. He will be missed.

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