Rev. Charles Arthur Leland 'Art' Bradley, age 84, of Chester, CT, passed away at Yale-New Haven Hospital on February 22, 2012. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Jean Carter Bradley; four children, William (and Mieko) of Otsu, Japan, John (and Elizabeth) of New Haven, CT, Elizabeth (and Ben) Muskin of Madison, CT and Katherine (and Dale) Dormody of Gilford, NH. Art is also survived by ten grandchildren Paula, Loretta, Alice, Kate, and Tim Bradley, Sarah, Rachel, and Natalie Muskin and Christopher and Daniel Dormody. Art was born in Detroit, Michigan in 1927, son of the late Arthur Eugene & Marian Chute Bradley and brother of the late Marian B. Kelly. He was educated at Western Reserve Academy and Harvard College. He served in the US Navy, after which he received his B.D. degree from Union Seminary, an S.T.M. degree from Yale Divinity School and a PhD in American Studies at New York University. Art spent his career in the ministry of the United Church of Christ and served parishes in New Hampshire and Connecticut (North Coventry, Enfield, and New Haven). He also served as the Associate Conference Minister of the Central Association of the Illinois UCC. Art was active in church and community life after his retirement, serving two interim ministries in Arizona, volunteering with youth in Tucson, AZ and overseeing a scholarship fund for students at Chester Village West. All are invited to attend his Memorial Service at the Church of the Redeemer, 185 Cold Spring St, New Haven, CT 06511 at 1:00pm on Saturday, February 25th. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either Chester Village West Foundation, 317 West Main St, Chester, CT; Liberty Community Services, 129 Church St, New Haven, CT or the Friends of the Gilford Public Library, 30 Potter Hill Rd, Gilford, NH. Arrangements are in care of BEECHER & BENNETT FUNERAL HOME, 2300 Whitney Ave, Hamden.

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  1. Jean, I was shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Arts passing. He and Carol Jean are now together and I feel in that wonderful place. I hope the faith and love you shared will strengthen you and carry you thru this difficult time. I know the times we were together were always special and fun. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. Paul

  2. Jean, I was so sorry to hear of Art’s death. . .may the many wonderful memories that you have of him help sustain you through this difficult time, and beyond. Much love, Barb

  3. John, So sorry to hear of the passing of your Dad. We are out of the country so will miss the funeral. Your Dad sounds like he was a wonderful man with such a meaningful life. Please know we are thinking of you and your family. Paula & David

  4. We are all so profoundly saddened to hear of the passing of such a dear person in our lives. Our whole family has been deeply blessed to know him and our prayers for the Lord’s peace and presence are with you all. Psalm 46:1,2 Brad,Janet,Ben,Gabe,and Luke Chase

  5. Dear Jean, We’re so sorry to hear of Art’s passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. We wish you peace–Love, Bob & Peggy

  6. John, We at Rose and Kiernan are saddened to hear about the passing of your Dad. He sounds like quite a Man! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Paul.

  7. Jean, I was so sorry to hear of Art’s death. . .may the many wonderful memories that you have of him help sustain you through this difficult time, and beyond. Much love, Barb

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