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In Memory of

Robert E. Bradshaw

September 27, 1918 - May 15, 2017

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BRADSHAW, Robert E., 98, of Hillsdale, NJ passed away on May 15, 2017, following a brief illness. Known to all he met as Bob, he was born in Westwood, NJ on September 27, 1918. Bob and Jo lived in Hillsdale, NJ until they moved to Bartley Assisted Living in Jackson Township, NJ in 2014. Bob's chosen career field was automotive mechanics. He had an incredible gift and aptitude for problem-solving. He could repair anything. He worked at Hackensack Ford as a Service Advisor and Technician and later at Ridgewood Ford as Service Manager. With extensive...

BRADSHAW, Robert E., 98, of Hillsdale, NJ passed away on May 15, 2017, following a brief illness. Known to all he met as Bob, he was born in Westwood, NJ on September 27, 1918. Bob and Jo lived in Hillsdale, NJ until they moved to Bartley Assisted Living in Jackson Township, NJ in 2014. Bob's chosen career field was automotive mechanics. He had an incredible gift and aptitude for problem-solving. He could repair anything. He worked at Hackensack Ford as a Service Advisor and Technician and later at Ridgewood Ford as Service Manager. With extensive knowledge and success in the auto industry, Bob started his own auto repair business, Quality Auto Service, in Hillsdale, NJ. He ran this very successful business for many years. Bob finally retired from automotive mechanics at the age of 70. Nonetheless, his flair for "mechanics" continued. Bob taught himself computer operating languages, software programs and how to tear down and rebuild computers. Bob enlisted in the NJ National Guard in 1940. When WWII was at it's peak, Bob's unit was activated and he served as Artillery Mechanic with Battery C, 165th Field Artillery Battalion. Bob served most of his active duty in the Aleutian Islands, AK, Pacific Theater of Operations. He was a Technician 4 and repaired various types of guns to include 155 millimeter howitzers, and at times fabrication gun parts. For his service and performance he earned numerous awards, decorations and citations including the Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal (with 1 bronze service star) and the WWII Victory Medal. Bob often talked about his experiences during the war. He was proud of his service to our country. Upon discharge from the NJ National Guard and his return to Hillsdale, NJ in 1945, Bob subsequently met and later married Josephine (nee Canissario) January 12, 1947. Bob had many passions. He was a very active member of the Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Corps serving as Captain and President for several terms. After 46 years of service, Bob retired from the Ambulance Corps. Following his retirement from active service with the Corps, Bob was appointed to the Ambulance Corps Board of Trustees. In his "spare time" Bob volunteered in the Pascack Valley Hospital E.R. Bob was also a member of the B.P.O.Elks, Lodge #2001 (Paramus, NJ). In 2005 he was honored as Elk of the Year for his service and contributions to the Elks and their mission. In May 1995, the Borough of Hillsdale, NJ recognized Bob and Josephine's service to their community by naming a borough street, Bradshaw Court, in their honor. Bob was also a member of the American Legion Post #162 (Hillsdale, NJ). Before moving to Jackson Township, NJ Bob was a parishioner of St. John the Baptist R.C. Church in Hillsdale, NJ and served as Head Usher for many years. After living in their home in Hillsdale, NJ for over 65 years, they moved to an Assisted Living facility and were fortunate to find a wonderful "new home" in Jackson, NJ where their youngest daughter, Liz, lives with her family. Bob is survived by his wife of 70 years, Josephine (nee Canissario); his 4 daughters Angela Corbin of Burlington, VT, Maryanne Lyman and her husband Neil of Yulee, FL, Joanne Willis and her husband Rodney of Lorton, VA and Elizabeth Jean "Liz" Bloodgood and her husband Kevin of Freehold, NJ; his grandchildren Christopher Corbin and his wife Melissa, Jacqueline Hoey, Melissa Wing, Douglas Finch and his wife Marissa and Alicia Frye and her husband Branden as well as his blessing of a great-grandson, Cameron; Alicia and Branden's son. Bob is predeceased by son in-law Terry Corbin, his mother Jennie Bachman of Hillsdale, NJ and sister Virginia Shuttleworth, also of Hillsdale, NJ. Bob lived a full life surrounded by his loving family, friends and colleagues. He was a selfless servant to his family, his community, his church and his country. He will be sorely missed. The family will receive guests at Becker Funeral Home, 219 Kinderkamack Rd, Westwood, NJ on Thursday, May 18 from 2-4PM & 7-9PM. A Mass celebrating Bob's life and faith will be held at St. John The Baptist R.C. Church, Hillsdale, NJ on Friday, May 19 at 10AM with interment at Maryrest Cemetery in Mahwah, NJ to follow. In lieu of flowers the family is requesting memorial contributions in Bob's name to the Hillsdale Volunteer Ambulance Service, In Remembrance of Robert "Bob" Bradshaw, 340 Washington Ave, Hillsdale, NJ 07642.