BRADLEY, Earl John

April 30, 1946 – September 6, 2015

Earl John Bradley passed peacefully in his sleep into the presence of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, Sunday, September 6, 2015.
Earl was born April 30, 1946 in Trochu, Alberta, the younger son of Ralph and Margaret Bradley of Three Hills and brother to Harold.
Earl was raised in a home with a heritage of Christian faith going back many generations. He came to a living faith in Christ at a young age. Living in Three Hills, Earl attended the school system of Prairie Bible Institute from kindergarten through post-secondary Bible school, graduating in 1969. He excelled in academics and sports, particularly hockey.
After Bible school, Earl moved to Calgary to attend what was then the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, earning honours in Business Administration.
In 1970, he started his first career at the Calgary Woodward’s department store in the men’s wear department. The next year he married Marjorie McDowell from Ontario. To this union, Catherine Dianne was born in 1972, and Julie Lianne in 1974. The family resided in Cochrane for many years while the girls were growing up.
Desiring a change of career, Earl joined Calgary Power Company (now TransAlta Corporation) as a purchaser/expediter, an emphasis that lasted for the remainder of his working life. His subsequent employment was with Shell Canada (Crows Nest Resources) in downtown Calgary and at the Jumping Pound gas plant, the Husky Oil upgrader at Lloydminster and the Husky Ram River gas plant near Rocky Mountain House. Marjorie considers that at Ram River Earl was the most happy and fulfilled in his career. During this time he upgraded his skills in Purchasing Management, and was given early retirement by Husky.
New employment in Perth, Australia for WorleyParsons allowed him to share his life with his daughter, Julie, son-in-law, Stephen, and grandsons, Connor and Jordan for almost two years.
In January 2013, Earl transferred to WorleyParsons in Calgary, then to Edmonton for one year, retiring with Marjorie to Cochrane in July 2014 to be close to his daughter Catherine and her family.
Although Earl was very dedicated to and conscientious in his work, he also made eternal contributions to others. He loved his family dearly and, with Marjorie, built into his daughters’ and grandchildren’s lives the Christian principles by which he lived. He was actively involved in such churches as Springbank Community Church near Calgary, Lloydminster First Baptist Church and Rocky Mountain Alliance Church ( Rocky Mountain House ), serving, for example, on the welcoming committee and helping with church maintenance and repairs.
Earl’s great love of exploring led to many summer road trips, enjoyed as a family, throughout British Columbia and the western States. His love for camping and the outdoors lives on in his children and grandchildren.
In June 2015 Earl suffered a mild stroke, which affected parts of his speech for a time but not his overall health, wonderful sense of humour and quick wit. He was always doing whatever he could for family, friends and neighbours. On the evening of Saturday, September 5, he returned from taking his faithful Newfoundland dog, Mugsy, for a walk, delighting in showing his Australian grandchildren, Connor and Jordan, the fresh snowflakes that were falling. Shortly after, he went to bed and awakened in Heaven.
Earl was predeceased by his father in 1999 and his mother in 2006. Left to await our reunion with him in heaven are his loving wife of 44 years, Marjorie; daughter, Catherine (Ryan) Legary and children Sylvie, Raine and Isaac of Cochrane; daughter, Julie (Stephen) Duffy and children Connor and Jordan of Perth, Australia; one brother, Harold (Mary) of Calgary and numerous cousins, nieces, nephews, extended family and wonderful friends.

A visitation will take place at Cochrane Alliance Church, prior to the funeral service from 12:00 to 1:00 P.M.
Funeral Service will be held at the Cochrane Alliance Church ( 902 Glenbow Drive ) on Monday, September 14, 2015 at 1:00 P.M. with a Graveside Service to follow at the Cochrane Cemetery

If friends so desire memorial tributes in Earl’s memory may be made to Soul Kitchen of Vancouver B.C. (

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  1. On 08/09/2015 at 7:17 pm Jacquie Coulas Said:

    Katherine I am sorry to hear of the passing of your father. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.
    Jacquie, Josh and Nichola

  2. On 08/09/2015 at 7:25 pm George Klesken Said:

    We were very shocked to hear of Earl’s passing. Our prayers and thoughts go with you and your family. We will always remember Earl as a kind, honest, helpful and most pleasant person. I really liked his smile, laugh and sense of humour. I will always remember his kindest displayed by stopping the van he was driving out to the Ram River Plant, and helping a mother duck and her goslings get across the road safely. A true Christian.
    George Klesken

  3. On 08/09/2015 at 8:03 pm Joy McKinnon Said:

    I am so sorry to hear that your Dad has passed away. He was way to young. I wish you peace and the Lord’s presence as you deal with and process the loss of your Dad. Sincerely, Joy

  4. On 08/09/2015 at 8:26 pm Russ and Myrnalynn Edwards Said:

    We pray that in this time of loss,
    You’ll feel God’s love much more
    And that you’ll find your comfort
    In the presence of the Lord
    We pray God pours upon you,
    His sweet amazing grace
    And overflow your heart with peace
    As you live in His embrace.
    Sending you our deepest sympathy!

  5. On 08/09/2015 at 8:31 pm Roger Carrobourg Said:

    Our condolences to the family, having worked with Earl for a number of years at Husky I certainly enjoyed his sense of humour and definitely had a strong work ethic. Roger & Terry Carrobourg

  6. On 08/09/2015 at 11:44 pm Wayne & Jan Said:

    There are no words Catherine. Our love, prayers, and support as you grieve the loss of your father and the secure attachment you had with him. We so desire to be there on Monday, but are not able to be there. May the funeral be a special time of honouring your father and what his life meant to you and Julie, and your mother. We pray the God of all comfort will comfort you all at this time.
    Love, Wayne & Jan

  7. On 09/09/2015 at 1:59 pm Minnie Hemphill Said:

    Marjorie, Catherine and Julie, so sorry to read of the loss of your husband and father. Losing a loved one is never easy to deal with. Our Heavenly Father gives us the strength to cope. His word assures us that He cares for each one of us. May you experience His loving care and comfort.

  8. On 09/09/2015 at 6:48 pm Sandra and Wayne Scruton Said:

    Dear Catherine and family:

    I was sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. It’s never easy to lose a parent – no matter how old we are. You are in our thoughts and prayers. May the Lord comfort you and keep you, and may you feel supported by His everlasting arms.

  9. On 09/09/2015 at 10:34 pm Nora Cruikshank Said:

    Dear Marjorie, Julie and Catherine, I am so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. Barb posted it and I am so glad or I would not have known. I remember our time at Springbank Community Church and reflect on those times with warm thoughts of you all. My thoughts and prayers are with you all wherever you all may be.

  10. On 10/09/2015 at 1:39 pm Darren & Cara Schmidt Said:

    Marj, Catherine, Julie, & family,
    We’re so sorry for your loss. I’ve always appreciated and respected Earl. He was such a gentle and caring man: qualities that reflected the character of God, whom Earl loved, and qualities needed so much in our world. Though we’re far away, we’ll be remembering you as you grieve, spend time with family and friends, and celebrate a life well-lived.

    Darren Schmidt & family

  11. On 11/09/2015 at 7:20 pm scot and marcie neville Said:

    A lovely tribute to a good man! Our thoughts and prayers for your comfort and peace.

  12. On 12/09/2015 at 10:20 am Barbara-Jean Lake-Ramnath Said:

    A life well lived is a precious gift
    Of hope and strength and grace,
    From someone who has made our world
    A brighter, better place
    It’s filled with moments, sweet and sad
    With smiles and sometimes tears,
    With friendships formed and good times shared
    And laughter through the years.
    A life well lived is a legacy
    Of joy and pride and pleasure,
    A living, lasting memory
    Our grateful hearts we’ll treasure

    Our Love, Thoughts and Prayers are with you!

    Barbara-Jean & Deo

  13. On 13/09/2015 at 2:39 pm Rhoda Murray Said:

    Dear Marjorie & family: How saddened I am to have just learned of the sudden Home-Going of your dear husband and dad, Earl. In the midst of your sorrow and loss may you be comforted in the hope that one day you will be reunited for all eternity. John 14:1-3 has brought great comfort to me in the loss of family members over the years. Be assured of my thoughts and prayers for you all. Lovingly, Rhoda Murray

    P.S. Please convey my sympathies to Harold and Mary as well as.

  14. On 13/09/2015 at 9:07 pm Gail and Don Witten Said:

    Dear Marj,
    We just heard of Earl’s passing this morning at church in Rocky. May the Lord comfort you and your family in your loss. It’s a great comfort to know that Earl is with the Lord. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gail and Don

  15. On 14/09/2015 at 8:16 am Jennifer and Fred Butterworth Said:

    Dear Marj,
    Fred and I were so sorry to hear of Earl’s passing. I have many fond memories of our time working together at Calgary Power. He was always so kind to me and one of my first friends working in the Purchasing Dept. Our deepest sympathy to you and your family.
    Jennifer and Fred Butterworth

  16. On 14/09/2015 at 11:56 am Heather & Sean Morin Said:

    Dear Marj, Catherine, Julie, & family,
    So sorry to hear of your loss of a wonderful husband and father. It is so difficult to part with our loved ones even when we know they are in an amazing place. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Heather (Schmidt) and Sean

  17. On 14/09/2015 at 1:27 pm Alan and Claire Hodgson Said:

    Dear Marj and family,How our hearts went out to you when we heard of Earl’s passing.
    We would love to have been with you today but Alan is not able to get around too well yet.
    We have such warm memories of Earl-he certainly was a gentle man in every sense of the word –
    His love for God was very evident in the way he lived.
    May God be your strength today and in the days to come.know that we care and our prayers are with you all
    Blessings and Love Alan and Claire

  18. On 16/09/2015 at 1:39 pm Keith Bradley Said:

    I’m so sorry for your loss. I wish I could have meet him. Looking at his picture I’m sure we are related. That is a Bradley forehead. I pray that the God of all comfort give you peace.

    In Christ

  19. On 20/09/2015 at 8:17 pm Joyce Thompson Said:

    Dear Marge. So sorry to hear of Earl’s passing.