Robert James Bradshaw passed away peacefully at home surrounded by his loving family on March 3rd, 2021 due to complications of pancreatic cancer. Bob was born on October 6th, 1952 in Salt Lake City, UT to Ross Clyde and Lu Camille Roper Bradshaw. He was raised in Bountiful but spent summers as a boy in Fillmore, UT and the family property at Bear Lake. Bob’s Father passed away when he was just 9 years old of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and he was subsequently raised by a single Mother who taught him to be both sweet and gentle in every way. At age 92 she still refers to him as “My Bobby.” After the death of his Father, he took on many roles for his family. He became his Mother’s protector, provider, best friend and defender for life. He then went on to attend Viewmont High school and served an LDS mission in Dusseldorf, Germany. He attended BYU where he met his sweetheart Peggy Jan Larsen. They were married in the Salt Lake temple on August 1st, 1975.
Bob was humble, generous and kind. He so easily loved everyone but most especially had a gift of loving those who were hard to love. He always took an interest in others and was able to bring out the very best in someone through his gentleness and patience. His greatest contribution in his lifetime was the way in which he tenderly cared for the people who were blessed enough to know him. He never raised his voice and truly lived by the mantra “be kind.”
He had a brilliant mind that understood the mechanics of most anything. If it was broken, he could fix it. He took care of his family and neighbors by coming to their rescue to repair anything they needed. He was the original Bob the Builder. He built from scratch and never had concrete plans but instead relied on his visionary approach to create. He designed and built a lush, beautiful garden with waterfalls, pathways and a bridge all with his own two hands. He collected tools and found use for all of them as a detailed craftsman. He built an amazing treehouse, award winning parade floats and constructed endless home projects. His cheerful memory will be etched in our minds as vivid backyard carnivals, giant waterslides, grandchild Olympic games, homemade raspberry ice cream, content whistling and timely hugs. All of his ideas and creations brought endless joy to his beloved family, friends and neighbors.
Bob enjoyed traveling the world whether for business or pleasure. He spent time all over Europe, Dubai, Hawaii, Philippines, Japan, Ecuador, Mexico, England, Canada, Australia and Alaska. He traveled to all states except for two in the U.S. He enjoyed taking his family on cruises and loved to indulge in delicious food. He always enjoyed a good hamburger and was a true connoisseur of french fries. He also had an immense interest in History and was never in a hurry when reading the plaque or marker of a historical sight. Bob was fascinated by extreme weather conditions and loved a cool, rainy day more than a hot, sunny one. He reveled in growing delicious fruits and vegetables in his garden for his family to enjoy. He also loved to cultivate flowers and took care to point out the unique details of all the many varieties.
Bob was reliable, supportive and hard working. There was never an angry or arrogant bone in his body. His laugh was magnetic and hearty as he joyfully clapped his hands and threw his head back in a jovial, carefree manner. To know Bob was to love him in the deepest way possible.
Bob served as the Bishop of the Draper 12th ward where he gave special attention to serving the widows and the youth of the ward. He held many other callings, but his favorite was nursery leader. He was a true disciple and a mirror image of the love Jesus Christ genuinely gave to all mankind. His good heart was made manifest through serving selflessly from his youth. He was acutely aware of and able to minister to the one. We would all do well to Love like Bob. Even in his afflictions and sickness he remained full of grace and concern for others. He was a beautiful man. He lived a beautiful life.
He is survived by his loving wife of 45 years, Peggy Jan Larsen Bradshaw. Peggy grew into the patient woman that she is by the careful molding of Bob’s mellow and good-natured way; he showed her how to love with affection and selflessness. He never wasted time trying to change people but instead loved them as they were which somehow changed their hearts to become more pure.
He is survived also by his five children Jessica (Scott), Natalie (Spencer), Lance (Dani), Ali (Jeremy) and Jason. He will be deeply missed by his adoring grandchildren and great- grandchildren Janessa (John), Whitney (Ty), Jensen, Kaitlyn, Walker, Melanie, Lilly, Dawson, London, Isaac, Big Gavin, Halle, Little Gavin, Kingston, Jayden, Connor, Dallin, Zoey, Lucas, Finnly, Annalise, Jocelyn, Avalon, Amelia, Addeline, Hank, Jack, Ozzy and North. He is also survived by his Mother Camille, Sister Jan and brother Kenny. He is preceded in death by his Father; as well as his Sister Shauna Whitby and Grandmother Lois Turpin.
A celebration of his memorable life will happen next week. A viewing will be held in the evening on Tuesday, March 9th from 6-8pm at Larkin Sunset Gardens,1950 E. Dimple Dell Rd. (10600 S.) A viewing will then be held in the morning on Wednesday, March 10th from 9:00-10:30am at the LDS meeting house on 12353 S. 600 E. The funeral will begin at 11:00am, please adhere to social distancing and wear a mask. All are welcome to either viewing. Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance at the funeral is limited. Please use your discretion in deciding whether to attend in person or view the services remotely. The funeral service can be viewed via zoom with the following link.
Interment services will be held at Larkin Sunset Gardens where he will be laid to rest by a beautiful rock and water feature. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network’s annual PurpleStride Utah team “Love Like Bob”
Life Story Info
On Sunday, October 20, 2019 I attended the third hour presentation for the building of the July 24th Parade in which Bishop Bradshaw, in full costume, played the part of pioneer missionary, Dan Jones.
I had never met Bishop Bradshaw, and indeed I did not even know his name. His portray of Dan Jones was beautifully done and greatly impressed me. The model of the proposed float had been built by him and demonstrated to members the concept that he had in mind for the float.
Very impressed with the presentation I hurried home and obtained two video cameras.
I returned to the ward and set the camera up to record the next presentation of the float proposal that he gave for the ward that followed ours. Why? I don't know, except that I felt that a record should be made of what Bishop Bradshaw at done.
The recordings made that day were roughly edited together and then pretty much forgotten. The pandemic hit and the 24th Parade was cancelled.
I received notice from the Stake that the "Maid of Iowa" steamship had been completed for the 24th July Parade of 2021 and would on display for members of the Draper Utah Stake to inspect on Saturday, July 17, 2021.
With a video camera in hand I attended the event and as everyone there was very impressed. I had wondered if the unknown man who had played Captain Dan Jones would be there. I found the poster with his image and learned that Robert Bradshaw was the man whose name I did not know and sadly had recently passed away.
I do not know if anyone else in the Stake make a video of Bishop Bradshaws rendition of Captain Jones. I intend to put together what I filmed along with the new material about the floats completion and make a copy for the Draper Stake. If anyone of the Bradshaw family would be interested in a DVD or Blu-ray copy please let me know.
So sad to hear of Bobby’s passing. He was my cute cousin and I still remember his laugh. I spent so many years in the Midwest and lost track of so many family members. My husband and I moved back to Sandy in 2014. To think we lived so close and I didn’t know. Darn missed opportunity! I loved watching the recording of his funeral. Such wonderful tributes from his beautiful children. Peggy - I’m not sure you will remember me ....I was Linda’s only daughter. I’m so happy you and Bobby had such a full life together. He was amazing. Prayers of comfort for family at this time. I lost my younger brother Ron in February due to a sudden heart attack. I’m sure he and Bob are busy catching up. Love to you all
Just found out about Cousin Bob's death.I am sorry to hear about this.I have had a mother-in-law and a sister-in-law die from this disease and know it is not at all easy and pain free. My heart goes out to all of you. Bob was the most genuine good person and was always interested in what I was doing. I loved him and Peggy. My prayers go out to the family.
Had the amazing privileged of serving with Bishop Bradshaw.
he taught me one of the best lessons.
We were administering temporally to a family.
i felt that it was enough. he instructed me to continue to give.
I obeyed but what happened next to my heart and what the spirit testified.
my measure isn’t the Lords and my heart felt different and realized that this is sacred work and done in the Lords name.
wow Bishop Bradshaw thank you thank you thank you,
The unconditional love this man has.
We love you guys and your family
Sorry for your loss
All the best to you all,
Love the Walkers
Bob was such a gentle man with nothing but love for his fellow men. I treasured the short time I have been able to be around him as a neighbor and a friend and especially the time we spent together building my greenhouse. We will miss him dearly. May the Lord comfort and bless the Bradshaw family and especially you Peggy.
I am so sorry to hear of Bob passing away. I worked with him for years at Daw Technologies and he was always one of the sweetest and most caring men at Daw. His heart was always in the right place and he would bend over backwards to help you out in any way he could. I was extremely saddened upon his departure. May God be with you and your family at this difficult time and I pray that Bob is at peace and no longer suffering.