Bill Bradley

January 02, 1942 ‒ October 26, 2019

Marion, Ohio
Formerly of Cardington, Ohio

Bill Bradley, age 77, of Marion, died peacefully on Saturday, October 26, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family following a two year battle with cancer.

On January 2, 1942, Bill was born in Fulton, Ohio, to the late Robert and Clara (Alkire) Bradley.  He graduated from Cardington Lincoln High School in the class of 1959.

Shortly after graduation, Bill worked at North Electric and for the railroad. After this, he pursued his dream and opened B&B Automotive a specialty high performance automotive garage.  Bill could often be found tinkering with his “souped up” Pontiac GTO, which he raced locally.

After his auto shop, Bill opened a flatbed trucking company that serviced oil suppliers. In an attempt at early retirement Bill found his new passion for enhancing the lives of individuals with Developmental Disabilities thru his work with RHAM, as a support professional.  Recently he worked with his Daughter & Granddaughter at the Chrysalis Branch of Abilities in Action as a client transporter from 2016 until 2018.

While working at RHAM, he met and married Sharon. She preceded him in death on February 19, 2014.

Bill enjoyed attending Family Life Church in Marion.

Bill always looked forward to his next vacation, and he especially loved visiting the mountains in Tennessee, Siesta Key in Florida, cruises, and he had fond memories of his special trip to Brazil with his wife and daughter.  He also was an avid coin collector and OSU Buckeye football fan.

Having a huge heart, Bill was very empathetic and always willing to help anyone in need.  Throughout his life, he was a very hard worker always trying to make a better life for his family.  He also was a very devoted and loving man, who enjoyed the special moments shared with family and friends.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving companion, Kathy Nicolosi of Marion; daughter, Kimm Kessinger of Bucyrus; two granddaughters: Mandi (Kara Ault) Moran, and Haley Kessinger; his dog, Molly; and cat, Fluffy; and several nieces and nephews.

Including his wife and parents, Bill was preceded in death by his brother, Gary Bradley.

His family will greet friends from 11 am – 1 pm on Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at the Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 E. Center St., Marion.  Services honoring his life will follow there at 1 pm, with Pastor Tom Toney officiating.  Burial will follow in Grand Prairie Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to Abilities in Action, Chrysalis Branch, 1890 Bucyrus Nevada Rd., Bucyrus, OH 44820.

Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to serve Bill’s family and your condolences may be expressed to them by visiting

  • Sorry for the loss of my American Dad Bill,
    So many good memories and thankful to have met him and his family, that became mine too.
    Rest in peace…forever in my heart.

  • We are so sorry for the loss of this kind hearted man. Our sympathies to all who knew and loved him.

  • He will always be bill billy to me as his buddy Forrest would always call him I will miss you Bill ❤

  • Absolutely one of the best men I knew. From my childhood into adulthood, he was always the same and treated me and everyone with a giving heart.
    My love to Barb and Kimm. I know this is hard for everyone left here on this earthly home.

  • Kim and family;
    No words can express my saddness for you at the loss of Bill. Know you are in my prayers and you are loved. God Bless you all as you grieve.

  • Such a wonderful man gone to soon. Heaven will be brighter with Bill’s smile there! We lived around the corner from Barb, Bill n Kim when I was very little then I reconnected with Bill n Sharon (what a sweet lady she was also) and we got to see the joy n happiness Bill n Kathy shared together. Bill may have left this world but he will live many many hearts forever!

  • Bill was an amazing man and will be missed greatly.Kathy you and the family are in my prayers God Bless.

  • You were gifted by the Lord above to have had met and loved this special man and he with you presence in his life. May God give you, Kathy, and the rest of his family and friends cherished memories to sustain you. Carol

  • Praying for peace for you, Barb, and your daughter and granddaughters. I will always cherish our memories of good times together.

  • Sending condolences to Bill’s family and friends. Met Bill at my daughters home on a few occasions. My condolence to her (Karen Carter) too as Bill was a special friend to her and her family.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Kimm. If u need anything please let us know.

  • So sorry to hear about Bill, I rode to North Electric in the 60;s, he would pick my babysitter up and then pick me up and dropping the sitter off. He was a great person and help me out by letting me ride to work with him.

    Penny Albright

  • So sorry to hear about your loss, you have my deepest sympathy and condolences. Kimm I will keep you in my prayers today and in the days to come. I know what it’s like to loose your father. Mine passed 16 years ago. If there is anything I can do please let me know.

  • Bill Bradley was a very special man. He had a huge heart. He would help anyone out if he could. Bill loved taking in the stray cats around his place. I wish I could see the celebration he was having in heaven with his mom, brother, Sharon and my mom. They have to be dancing in their new bodies! You will forever be in my heart Bill. My thoughts and prayers go to Kimm and his grandchildren. And also to Kathy, I am so very sorry for your loss.