Bradley Thompson Upham

February 13, 1929 ‒ June 07, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio


Bradley Thompson Upham, age 89, passed away after a short illness at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio on Thursday the 7th of June, 2018.

Beloved husband of the late Mary Drake for 62 years, dear son of Stephen Pierce Upham Senior and Susan Parsons Upham, loving father of sons Bradley Tupper and David Todd, Daughter-in-law Wendy, grandfather of Ellen, Madeline, Allison, Bradley, Justin and Ben. Dear brother to the late Stephen Pierce Upham Junior and David Lanning Upham.

Bradley received his Associates Degree in Business and Finance at Oberlin College in 1954, and was honorably discharged from the United States Navy serving as a chaplain’s assistant musician as Second Class Petty Officer during the Korean Conflict in 1953. He was a fluent keyboard performer and entertained in many organizations in his lifetime.

Bradley was a former member of the Kiwanis Service Organization and the Homestead Club of Mount Vernon. Bradley started his career for Kidder-Peabody, where he initiated and floated the original bonding for the Ohio Turnpike. He was an active developer in the Central Ohio, having helped start the Wendy’s Hamburger chain with Dave Thomas.

Bradley was a member of St. Paul’s Church, (Episcopal) of Mount Vernon, having sung as choirboy in that parish and an usher in later years, also serving on the finance committees of that parish.

A private graveside service will be held at a future date to be determined. The Dowds-Snyder Funeral Home of Mount Vernon is honored to serve the family of Bradley Thompson Upham.

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  • I am so very sorry for your loss. I remember delivering the paper to them on Vine street. I will never forget the time the BUS ran through the house.

  • Tupper and Todd,
    I am very saddened to hear of the passing of your father. I loved the conversations that he and I had. I still remember the Dune Buggy that I bought from him. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  • Brad and I were lifelong friends. We stayed in touch until his health failed and he left Mt. Vernon to be with his son. We enjoyed recalling our boyhood days when we skipped school together and drive his mother’s car to Columbus to see the King Cole Trio or some other band of the day. (We did that several times.) Or the times we went ice skating , played basketball, or listened t o him play the organ at the farm. First Mary, now Brad. I will miss them both. May God take them in his loving arms and show them the gates of heaven. Oren Freshour