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Dr James Edward Bradler, Jr

Dr James Edward Bradler, Jr

Teaneck, Bergen County, New Jersey, USA
Death 17 Mar 1990 (aged 25)
Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
Burial Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, USA
Plot Lot 151, Division A, Grave 1
Memorial ID 14349595 · View Source
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Jimmy was the son of James and Edna Mae (nee Seibold) Bradler and was my younger brother. He and I grew up together. He was fun to grow up with, great sense of humor, easygoing and loved animals. Jimmy loved to read. When we were supposed to be in bed he'd be sitting on the floor of his closet with a flashlight reading history books. We'd always knock on the wall to see if the other was still awake. When he was about 12 he said he wanted to be a brain surgeon. He was on the track team at Paramus High School. He attended Kent State in Ohio after graduation, age 17. After his first class of Psychology he knew what he wanted to do. He was interested in Neurophsysiology. He wanted to find a cure for Alzheimer's Disease and Crib Death (SIDS). At Kent State he met Joyce who would later become his wife. She wanted to have his last name when she graduated, since he motivated her so much. She told me he treated her like a queen. Jimmy was very determined and got such good grades that he received a scholarship to the University of Pittsburgh. He became a Professor of Neuroscience, teaching students just a few years younger than himself. He married Joyce on August 12, 1988, becoming stepfather to her two young daughters: Sarah and Elaine. He received his Doctrine in Neurophysiology. The first Dr. on both sides of our family. Jimmy was in my wedding party. This was the last time my family saw him healthy. Just a few months later he felt ill and went to the emergency room at Pittsburgh Hospital. They took an x-ray and told him to go home and take Tylenol. He became sicker and weaker. He went back to the emergency room a few days later and found out he had pneumonia. The spot on his lung, on his x-ray, which showed pneumonia was not seen by the emergency room staff. My brother fought for his life and lost his battle at the age of 25. My Mother's, Father's, and my hand were on his heart as he took his last breath. He was surrounded by family as he passed. His wife, Joyce, won the court case against the hospital, which ironically, was where she worked as a nurse. My parents with the University of Pittsburgh created the "James E. Bradler, Jr. Award". One student a year will receive this award for Excellence in Undergraduate Neuroscience Research. Our lives have never been the same since Jimmy left us. Words cannot express how much we love and miss him.

"Our family chain is broken and nothing seems the same, but as God calls us one by one, the chain will link again."

Special thanks to Kim Block for taking a photo of Jimmy's gravestone.

Special thanks to Joy Glasser for taking a photo of Jimmy's gravestone with his Christmas blanket & doves.

The inscription on Jimmy's stone reads:

"Nature Scatters her Common Wares in Abundance, but the Choice Sort She Produces But Seldom."

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 14349595
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Dr James Edward Bradler, Jr (24 Nov 1964–17 Mar 1990), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14349595, citing Grandview Memorial Park, Ravenna, Portage County, Ohio, USA ; Maintained by Janet Setchel (contributor 46611670) .