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In Memory of

Walter Lynn Bradly

August 27, 1931 - March 12, 2015

Obituary


"Parable of Immortality"

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
Gone where?
Gone from my sight ....

"Parable of Immortality"

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze
and starts for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength,
and I stand and watch until at last she hangs
like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come down to mingle with each other.
Then someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
Gone where?
Gone from my sight . . . that is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull and spar
as she was when she left my side
and just as able to bear her load of living freight
to the place of destination.
Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment
when someone at my side says,
" There she goes! "
there are other eyes watching her coming . . .
and other voices ready to take up the glad shout . . .
" Here she comes! "

Author: Henry Van Dyke


Captain Walter (Walt) Lynn Bradly, NOAA, (Ret). Born on August 27, Walter passed away on March 12th, 2015 after a two year battle with cancer. Born in Hollywood, California, Walt spent his youth living in a vastly different City of Los Angeles than we see today. Always an adventurer, Walt lived an incredible life, earning his Bachelor of Science degree In Nautical Seamanship, graduating from the United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA) in 1954 with an Ensign's commission in the US Navy. Walt's greatest pride was serving as the Forth Division Gunnery Chief aboard the Heavy Cruiser, USS Toledo where he directed gunfire for three five inch batteries on that warship. It was during that tour that Walter fell in love with Seattle, and decided to make his family's home there. After twelve years in the Navy, Lieutenant (Senior Grade) Bradly transferred to the US Coast & Geodetic Survey (today's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) where he participated in many important, marvelous and sometimes very dangerous projects. Walter's philosophy was to see as much of our wondrous world while getting paid to do so. Walter culminated his career as Captain and Commanding Officer of the NOAA Ship Surveyor, retiring after 33 years of active service. Ever itchy-footed, Walter spent the next seven years working the tour line with Exploration Cruise Lines serving in the South Pacific, Panama Canal zone, and Alaska.

Walt is predeceased by his amazing wife (and Family Commanding Officer) of 45 years, Mrs. Jenille Bradly, RN, and is survived by his loving daughter, Susan Marie Bradly Schexnayder (Brock), and son, Michael John Bradly. Walt also leaves behind two bright and energetic grandchildren, Tyler Bradly Schexnayder, and Danielle Reagan Schexnayder. Walter was lucky enough to have been bitten by the Love Bug again in 2004 when the Admiral's Secretary, Rosemary Dale, latched on to him. They spent the next ten years or so enjoying their many hard earned perks! Walt was a kind, generous man with honor and integrity and he will be keenly missed by his loving family and many friends.

The family will hold a private service as requested by Walter. Walter asks that any donations you wish to make be made to the USMMA scholarship fund, or to your favorite charity in his honor.