Bradford S. Raleigh

ATHOL — Bradford Sidney Raleigh died Monday, April 10, 2017, at home.

Mr. Raleigh was born June 17, 1929, in Bourne, the son of Walter and Elsie (Perry) Raleigh. He was a descendant of the Perry and Raleigh families of Cape Cod dating back to 1630.

He graduated from Bourne High School in 1947 and joined the U.S. Army. He served duty in Europe and Korea. After leaving the service he became a longtime worker and supervisor in industrial roofing. In retirement he moved to Athol where he had lived for nearly 25 years.

Mr. Raleigh is survived by his sister Eleanor Raleigh Trevains of Bourne; his life partner Evangeline Lewis; his three daughters, Kileen, Toby, and Rachel; two grandsons, Erik and Michael; and several nieces and nephews. 

He was an avid bicyclist and cycled the Athol and North Quabbin area daily, doing thousands of miles each year. There will be no calling hours. Burial will be private at his request. 

Donations may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


        You don’t know me but we are connected a long time ago.  My mother was Vesta Avery.  She was the daughter of Elsie Ellis and Edward Avery.  After Edward died, Elsie married Walter Raleigh and they had two children, Eleanor and Bradford.  Starting to sound familiar?   Vesta helped to bring up Eleanor and Bradford after Elsie died.  She had some sweet stories about the children but something happened between her and Walter (who I understand was a bit of a grump) and after she left to marry my father the relationship faltered and never was mended.  When my mom, Vesta, died in 1993 I found some addresses in her address book.  I made it a point to meet Eleanor who still lives on Old Dam Road in Bourne, but I was unable to contact Bradford who I have to admit I had a crush on when he was a boy.  (Mom had his high school picture and he was quite a hunk.)          In 2007 I finally found what I hoped was a way to connect and I sent a letter but got no reply.  I don’t want anything from you but I would love to hear from you.   And now on my annual check, looking for Bradford, I find that he has died and that is sad in so many ways.           My grandmother and mother were both into genealogy and of course we are family, no matter what.  I also have a little anecdote about Walter Raleigh, but I will leave that as a teaser hoping that someone in the family will be interested enough to contact me.  I have lived in Oceanside, California for almost 30 years and have wonderful memories of Cape Cod.  I know this is a terribly sad time for you but I am so happy that Bradford looks like he had a great life and a great family.  My sympathies to all of you, Rebecca 

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