Eric Bradley RIP

Date published: Monday, August 4, 2014

IT is with deep regret that we record the passing of one of our ‘truly dedicated’ supporters, Eric Bradley.

Eric died a few days ago, aged 85, at his home in Farnborough Avenue, Richmond Park, Salem after battling to overcome chest and breathing problems for more than 18 months.
An Oldham Rugby supporter all his life, and a season-ticket holder for many years, he never missed a match, home or away, until ill health took its toll and made it impossible for him to get to Whitebank.
He was a regular up to the end of last season — not just at first-team games, but at under-20s matches (again, home and away) and at any function or event in which he could actively support the club that he remained passionate about until the end.
He leaves his wife Olive and son Andrew, having survived his daughter Tracey, who died 18 months ago after a brave and long battle against cancer.
Oldham RLFC chairman Chris Hamilton, who was one of the last people to visit him before he died, said: “Eric was a truly dedicated Oldham RL fan.
“The club meant a great deal not only to Eric, but to his whole family. Fans will recall that, shortly before she died, Tracey was presented with a special award for her unstinting efforts to support the club at a time when she was also having to cope with her own health problems. She had inherited her deep passion for the club from her dad.
“The thoughts of everyone at the club are with Olive and Andrew.”
Club chaplain the Rev Tony Ford will lead the funeral service, which will be at Oldham Crematorium this Friday, August 8 at 2pm.