John Edwin 'Eddie' Bradstreet, 97
Belfast — John Edwin “Eddie” Bradstreet, 97, passed away at his home in Belfast Sunday, Sept. 16, 2011. Ed was born in Freedom Sept. 1, 1915, the only son of Herbert and Maenon (Whitaker) Bradstreet.
After graduating from Freedom Academy in 1933, Ed attended Farmington Normal School and then taught school for three years. Ed went on to the School of Commerce in Auburn, and then moved to Belfast, where he spent the rest of his career working for Belfast Motor Express, Scott Transportation, The Republican Journal, MacLeod Poultry Co., Penobscot Poultry and Maplewood Poultry in an accounting role. Ed left Belfast only to serve in the Army as a member of the Americal Division during World War II. He was stationed in the Pacific Theater from 1942 until 1946, making Ed one of the longest-serving soldiers in the war.
Ed was an active member of the Belfast community, serving as a Red Cross First Aid instructor, president of the Little League Association, EMT for the Belfast Ambulance, Sunday School teacher at the First Church, and county treasurer. Ed was also a member of the Phoenix Lodge, American Legion, and the Dirigo Grange of Freedom for more than 50 years.
Ed was predeceased by his wife, Hazel (Tibbetts), and his sisters Doris, Arlene and Francis.
Ed is survived by his sister, Barbara Scott; a son, Dennis; a daughter, Diane, and her husband, Mike; and his four granddaughters, Darci and husband Fred Berry, Alison and husband John Segalla, Amanda, and Bo; daughters-in-law Laurel Maddocks and Susan Bradstreet; and many special friends, including the crew at Dockside Family Restaurant, members of the First Church Belfast and the Calvary Chapel in Belfast.
Family and Friends are invited to come from 9-10 a.m., with a celebration of Ed’s life at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, at the First Church, Belfast, with the Revs. Kate Winters and Joel Kruger officiating. An interment at Morrill Village Cemetery with the Rev. Storm Gould officiating will take place after the service at 11:45 a.m.
In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the First Church Belfast, 8 Court St., Belfast, ME 04915 or a church of your choice.
Arrangements are with Riposta Funeral Home, 182 Waldo Ave., Belfast. Online condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com.