We pay tribute to another, dearly departed friend: Ron Bradley

(Thanks to ADN Obituary Department)

In 1913, we celebrated the life of Ron’s brother, Rod, with whom we also had a strong, decades long relationship

  • “I have such fond memories of both Mr. and Mrs. Bradley!…”
    – Linda Erickson McClain
  • I added a comment similar to his the Legacy entry: Ron and Peggy and brother Rod were my dear friends. Our Alaska histories were interwoven among life and drama associated with the Alaska Railroad, KTBY, TAPS, Arctic Gas, Alaska Native Claims, countless political campaigns, advertising and public relations honors, our time with mentors Connel and June Murray, problem solving, pioneering, brainstorming hilarities and personal affection. Together, we experienced the best Alaska has had to offer in its most exciting era, for which I shall be forever grateful.  -dh

On Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018, Ronald K. Bradley, died peacefully in his home in Fort Myers, Fla. Ron was born in 1936, in Colorado Springs, Colo., to Leo and Lois Bradley. At age 16, Ron and his family journeyed to Alaska towing a 35-foot Airstream trailer. They were greeted by the ash covered city of Anchorage as two days earlier Mount Spurr had erupted.
Ron graduated from Anchorage High School in 1954. In 1959, he eloped with the love of his life, Peggy O’Shea, also an Anchorage High School graduate. After marrying in Seattle, Wash., Ron’s employer, ITT, sent them on worldwide adventures across eight different countries in Europe and the Far East. Returning to Alaska in 1974, with Peggy and two children, Sean and Shannon, Ron left ITT and ventured out to pursue personal investment in Alaska. Ron won the contract to serve as concessioner of the Alaska Railroad, running the food and beverage services and Healy Hotel. Ron spent several years as partner in Alaska General Mechanical and then later with his expertise launched his own real estate investment and property management company, Alaska Horizon Investments. AHI owned and operated more than 300 apartments and commercial buildings. In the early ’80s, Ron and Peggy retired for the first time. They spent several years cruising the Caribbean on their private yacht, the SeaShan (named for their children). When the Alaska economy took a downturn in the mid-80s, Ron and Peggy came out of retirement. The next Alaska investment was as television station owner of the fledgling KTBY Channel 4. Together with his family, they signed on to become a FOX affiliate and operated the TV station for the next 12 years. Ron and Peggy sold FOX 4 KTBY in 1997, and retired a second time to Fort Myers, Fla. During their retirement, they traveled extensively around the world. They enjoyed hosting family and friends at their waterfront home where “Captain” Ron could show off his love of boating.

Ron was preceded in death by his beloved wife of 55 years, Peggy; his parents; and his brothers, Dick and Rod. Ron is survived by his son, Sean and wife Terri; granddaughter, Jordan Jensen and husband Wrangel; and grandson, Sean II of Anchorage; daughter, Shannon of Texas; and granddaughter, Madison McDade of Anchorage.

Ron was larger than life, known to show up to the office any given day dressed in a gorilla suit, tuxedo or wearing half a mustache. Ron was not blessed with an “inside” voice: he was loud, gregarious and funny. He was also intelligent and full of worldly knowledge. He was a true Alaskan pioneer and a patriotic American.

At Ron’s wishes, his ashes will be spread at their family’s cabin on Long Lake in Willow, Alaska, on Bradley Dome overlooking Turnagain Arm and at their Florida home on the Caloosahatchee River. The family is comforted knowing that Ron and Peggy are together again.

In lieu of flowers, Ron would appreciate donations to veteran charities of your choice.