Bradford D. Hutchinson of Orchard Park, a retired purchasing clerk and decorated World War II veteran, died Friday (Jan. 21, 2000) in Mercy Hospital following a short illness, a month short of his 90th birthday.
A native of Lynn, Mass., Hutchinson lived in the Buffalo area since grade school. He was a purchasing clerk at National Gypsum for 27 years and also worked in purchasing for Great Lakes Transit, both in Buffalo. He retired in 1975.
An Army veteran of World War II, he saw active fighting in the Philippines and was awarded two Bronze Stars. He escorted Gen. Douglas MacArthur at the signing of the peace treaty when the Japanese surrendered in 1945. He attained the rank of technical sergeant.
Hutchinson was a graduate of the University at Buffalo's Millard Fillmore College certificate program in transportation.
He was past president of the Transportation Club of Buffalo.
Through family members who belong to the Daughters of the American Revolution, he traced his ancestors to the Mayflower.
He was an active member of Wayside Presbyterian Church in Hamburg and worked on daily recordings of Dial-a-Prayer to help shut-ins.
His wife, the former Patricia Crosby, died at age 42, and he raised his daughters, then age 7 and 3.
He is survived by a daughter, Kathleen A. of Hamburg, and two grandchildren.
A military funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Monday in Wayside Presbyterian Church, 5017 Lakeshore Road, Hamburg.