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 in South Amboy, he was licensed in 1935. In 1933, he married Miriam Yarnall from Mt. Carmel, PA who at the time was a business and typing teacher at Union Hill High School, Union City, NJ.
In 1935, the young Bradleys moved to Chatham where Bill worked at the Martenis Funeral Home, which was located in the former Cafe Beethoven building on Main Street. They lived above a stable in a barn across the street.
In 1943, Bill Bradley purchased a small satellite funeral home located at 345 Main Street and opened his own funeral firm, Wm. A. Bradley, Funeral Director. He and his wife lived on the second and third floors above the funeral home and raised their three children there. Today, the house serves as the flagship home of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes.
William's son, Richard R. Bradley, 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.
Scott W. Bradley followed in his father's footsteps and joined Bradley & Son Funeral Homes in 1987. 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.
Scott Bradley created the Center for Life Transition in 1999 with the goal of continuing the personalized, professional care of our families after the funeral and beyond. Today, our bereavement support services are renowned throughout New Jersey and the Northeast and are open to all bereaved individuals, regardless of whether or not they are clients of Bradley & Son Funeral Homes.
In 2003, Bradley acquired Haeberle & Barth in Union; Smith & Smith in Springfield, and Brough Funeral Home in Summit, bringing the communities served by Bradley Funeral Homes to five.