Charles “Charlie” F. Bradford


Charles “Charlie” F.  Bradford, 78, died March 10, 2020, in Ellsworth surrounded by his loving family. He was born Feb. 19, 1942, in Manset, the son of Volney S. and Beulah Hope (Bulger) Bradford.

He attended Pemetic High School, Southwest Harbor. Charlie was introduced to his love of the ocean as a young boy by his grandfather. Some of his favorite memories, in addition to the special times with his family, were working with Carey Lewis on the sardine carrier and as lead yardman for Hinckley’s Yacht Co. He was proud to be a “friend of Bill’s.” March 20 would have marked his 40th year in the program and he was looking forward to the celebration. Charlie was both honored and humbled that he was able to help as many as he could to find their North Star, and his in return. He was an “Island Boy” for all of his days, living a life of simplicity. He leaves a legacy of love, honesty and compassion.

Charlie is survived by his wife of 26 years, Ann Bradford of Bar Harbor; brother, Russell “Rusty” Bradford and wife, Lynn, of Bass Harbor; daughters Deborah Pelkey and wife, Tisha Gagnon, of Rockland, Alyson Gill and husband, Eric Cave, of Clarksville, Alaska, and Charlotte Gill of Southwest Harbor; sons David Gill of Merritt Island, Fla., and Terry Morse and wife, Lorie, of Sedgwick; and by his much-loved grandchildren Jessica, Ashley, Joshua, Jayme, Emily, Gabriel and Jessie; and several great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his former wife, Rebecca Bradford, his parents and a brother, Owen Bradford.

Services will be announced at a later date.

Contributions in Charlie’s memory may be made to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Road, Trenton, ME 04605 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Jordan-Fernald, 1139 Main St., Mount Desert. Condolences may be expressed at

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