We understand what it means to be bereaved and that you may be bewildered and in shock. Our mission is to bring care and comfort to you at this very difficult moment. We want to do this because we know that mourning, not just grieving, really makes a difference in how we heal from a loss. Bradley & Son Funeral Homes is much more than you expect from a funeral home. We are, in fact, a complete resource which families can call upon at any time; not just at the time of greatest need.
We would like to recommend you complete three tasks in order to lessen the intensity of mourning. First, witness the deceased where it is most comfortable for you; be it at the place of death, such as the hospital, home, or nursing home, or somewhere else such as the funeral home. Second, have a ceremony that acknowledges your loss, pays tribute to the deceased, and honors your faith. Finally, invite the public; it’s good for the community and will be good for you even though you may be anxious about it. Grief is a universal feeling that is best relieved through being with others.Bradley & Son Funeral Homes is a place where the genuine care and comfort of our families is our highest mission. We strive to provide an incomparable experience during life’s most difficult moment, attending to even the unexpressed wishes and needs of our families.
Our funeral directors are experts in grief, mourning, and ceremony. They will lead a team of caregivers to assist you, your family, and your guests through this difficult time. It is our goal to provide you with an incomparable experience that honors your loved one through tributes and services completely unique to your family and only available at Bradley & Son Funeral Homes.
We only ask one favor of you. Please tell us everything we can do to make this most difficult of life transitions the most meaningful.
The Bradley Guarantee Our staff is courteous and sympathetic. Our facilities are comfortable and spotless.Our services are handled with dignity and respect. If you are not completely satisfied with any of our professional services or facilities, you will not be charged for that service.
Please Contact Us with any questions so far. Please read about our Family's history and staff below.
Our History We have always been a funeral home that believes the difference is in the details, and our rich 80-year history of service within our communities is a testament to that. Like our communities, our philosophy has evolved over the years. We are proud to return to what we believe is the very core of good funeral service: above all else, to provide care and comfort to you during life’s most difficult moment. Our passion for this philosophy is reflected in everything we do, and when combined with attention to detail, special services become unforgettable.
We are proud of our 80-year history in caring for our neighbors and friends. Our history began in 1931 when William A. Bradley graduated from the Renouard Training School for Embalmers in New York City. After apprenticing under his cousin, Robert Mason, he was licensed in 1935. In 1943, William purchased the funeral home at 345 Main Street in Chatham marking the beginning of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes. William's son, Richard R. Bradley (below, right) joined his father in the family business in 1961 after graduating from Lehigh University. Richard then completed his Funeral Director training at the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in 1963.
In 1987, Scott W. Bradley followed in his father's footsteps and joined Bradley & Son Funeral Homes. Scott graduated from the University of Northern Colorado and received his Mortuary Science degree at the American Academy/McAllister Institute as well. He possesses a Masters degree in Social Work which enables him to help the people left behind compassionately and professionally. In 1997, Scott acquired Braviak Funeral Home in Whippany, and in 2003, he acquired Haeberle & Barth in Union, Smith & Smith in Springfield, and Brough Funeral Home in Summit.
Richard R. Bradley
Chris Lisewski - General Manager, Manager, Bradley-Braviak Funeral Home
After receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Clarkson University in 1991, Chris graduated from American Academy McAllister Institute in 1992 with his funeral director’s license. He had been interested in funeral service for some time, and was drawn to not only the diversity of the profession, but also the importance of the role. He joined the Jaycees in 1993, and then the Whippany Rotary in 1997. Chris is an avid hockey fan and after becoming a USA Hockey certified coach, has coached youth hockey.
Daniel VanderPloeg - Funeral Director
Dan first began his funeral career as a Funeral Assistant while still in high school. It was during that time that he decided to make the profession his career and went on to pursue a degree in Mortuary Science.
As a Funeral Director, he assists families as well as assisting in the overall quality management of the facilities as an OSHA officer. Daniel has completed Resolve Through Sharing certification. He is married to Alyson Salz Vander Ploeg and has two daughters.
Lauren Hayes - Manager, Bradley, Haberle & Barth Funeral Home
A graduate of St. John's University in Staten Island and the American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in New York City, Lauren began her career with a Bachelor's Degree in Funeral Service Administration. She appeared on the Dean's List every semester at St. John's, was a member of the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society and the Golden Key National Honor Society. She served her apprenticeship with two family-owned funeral homes in Jersey City. She joined the Bradley family in August 2003.
John Caffrey - Manager, Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home
After years of working in the banking industry, John realized his true calling was funeral service and went on to obtain his Mortuary Science degree at American Academy McAllister Institute in 1999. John participated in a number of organizations during mortuary science school and achieved special awards such as the Dr. John McAllister Memorial Award for Outstanding Scholarship, the Wm. F. Flooks, Sr. Award for Proficiency in Clinical Embalming and other awards signifying his commitment to funeral service. John and his wife, Debbie, have three children. He is a member of the Chatham Chamber of Commerce and Madison Rotary.
Patrick Reynolds - Manager, Bradley, Smith & Smith Funeral Home; Bradley, Brough & Dangler Funeral Home
Patrick was born and raised in Summit, moving to Chatham in 1991. He graduated from Summit High School in 1985 and received his professional training at American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service in NYC. He earned his Funeral Directors license in 1993 and has over 21 years experience in the funeral profession. Patrick is a member of St. Teresa of Avila Church in Summit, the Cub Scouts of St. Patrick Church in Chatham, the Knights of Columbus Summit Council #783 and is actively involved in coaching his sons' sporting activities with the Chatham Recreation Programs. He is married to Maria Frasso Reynolds and has three sons.
Austin Bremner - Tribute Planner, Certified Celebrant
Austin was born and raised in NJ. He has spent time in the US Navy aboard the USS Constellation in San Diego, Ca, working in several different fields in the service industry. Austin has been with Bradley & Son Funeral Homes since 1995 contributing in varied roles until he found his true calling as a Funeral Celebrant/Tribute Planner. During his time away from work Austin plays amateur baseball in the NJABA for the Moose of Far Hills, NJ. He spends his down time rooting for the NY Yankees and the Chicago Bears, cooking, and taking care of his beloved Snowshoe cat "Mr. Chip".
Peter E. Heimrich - Property Manager
Peter joined Bradley & Son Funeral Homes in 2004 as the Property Manager, following a 17-year career as an owner/operator in automotive supply and auto repair. Peter has been an exempt member of the Chatham Volunteer Fire Department since 1993. Married with two children, Peter enjoys Giants football, fishing, hunting, and traveling with his family.
Norm Bremner - Funeral Assistant, Service Coordinator
After a varied career in import sales & import traffic and livery service, Norm joined the Bradley family in 1998. He currently assists the families we serve as a Funeral Assistant & Service Coordinator. Norm is an avid baseball fan since the days of Ebbets Field and the Polo Grounds as well as an "oldies" music aficionado. He also is a classic car devotee.
Colleen Costanzo - Assistant Bookkeeper
Colleen joined Bradley & Son Funeral Homes in 2011 and as Assistant Bookkeeper. She holds a B.S. in Business Management with a concentration in Accounting from the University of Phoenix and is currently pursuing her Master's in Accountancy.
Integral to our success is the hard work and dedication of our team of Family Care Liaisons, including:
Michael Grant | Tom Balka | Anthony Brocato | Chris Bull | Joseph Casalino
Lucille Deutsch | Bob Krygoski | Jerry Smith
Tom Ernst | Jim Kling | Timothy Leonard | Howard Olsen | Mike Elmer
Please Contact Us with any questions you may have. Our unique Aftercare and Grief Support services are described below.
Care and Comfort for as long as you need it -
The Center for Life Transition
After 10 years of offering assorted bereavement related services to the families cared for by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes, the Center for Life Transition (CFLT) is proud to announce a free comprehensive bereavement support membership program sponsored by Bradley & Son Funeral Homes.
The Center for Life Transition was established in 1999 with the goal of using innovative and caring treatment to “transform trauma in to resilience.” The Center was to be a safe place for people to say everything they have experienced, relieve stress from a dramatically changed life, reduce isolation, and gain an understanding of one’s coping style to help foster positive choices.
People who have suffered the death of a loved one, experienced a difficult divorce, been devastated by a job loss, begun fighting cancer, or faced other major life changes have benefited from the unique counseling services offered at CFLT.
The comprehensive support membership program is free to join and open to everyone in the community. For more information, please click here.
Our Grief Support Staff: (left to right) Païvi M. Outinen, RN, LCSW; Mary Robinson, MA, CT; Scott W. Bradley, M.S.W., ncPsyA, CT.