Robert Aaron Bradshaw
Bob Bradshaw died June 5, 2008, nearly three months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Bob was born Oct. 15, 1939, in Colorado Springs, to Aaron and Barbara Bradshaw. His family moved to Glenwood Springs in 1951. His father worked for the U.S. Forest Service and shared with him the wood lore, hunting and fishing. His mother was a nurse at Porter’s Hospital and Valley View Hospital. She was one of the founders of the Glenwood Art Guild, and taught him to look for beauty everywhere.Bob graduated from Garfield County High School (now Glenwood Springs High School) in 1957, and attended Colorado University.Bob married his wife, Barbara, on March 28, 1970. He told her every day that she was the best thing that ever happened to him. They are blessed with three children, and these children “were Dad’s everything.”Bob worked with engineering companies, handling procurement for the underground Titan One missile base and Cheyenne Mountain NORAD. In 1962, Bob was drafted and spent two years in the U.S. Army. Later he worked with Colony Development, Cleveland Cliffs Iron Co., The Oil Shale Corp. and Atlantic Richfield. Bob founded three companies: Alpine Energy Products, Checking Systems Co., and Alpine Bicycle. He went to work for Wagner Equipment as the branch manager of the Wagner Rents Store in Carbondale in 1996. He retired in 2005. Bob devoted much of his energy to Rotary, and served in various club positions including club president. He enthusiastically embraced the opportunities Rotary offered for fellowship and community involvement. He led a Group Study Exchange trip to Japan, and was quick to volunteer to host international visitors. He also served at the district level as an assistant governor and extension chairman.Bob is survived by his beloved wife; daughters Amy (David) Sheridan, of Bremerton, Wash. and Patricia (Marc) Kassis of Waimea, Hawaii; son Peter (Laura) Bradshaw of Glenwood Springs; sisters Molly (Barry) Adams of Brooktondale, N.Y., and Phyllis (Rolly) Rounds of Vail; grandchildren Courtney, Kathleen and James Patrick Sheridan, Lily and Charlotte Kassis and Jeremy and Emily Bradshaw; and many loving cousins, nieces, nephews, and good friends.In lieu of flowers, Bob’s wished donations be made to the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club Shelter Box Fund: Glenwood Springs Rotary Club, Box 953, Glenwood Springs CO 81602.A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 14, at Mountain View Church.
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