Alan Bradbury, 81, passed peacefully of natural causes at home in Pacifica on June 30, 2021.
Born Nov. 6, 1939, in South Shields, England, he was a true Geordie. Football, boxing and weightlifting ALMOST kept him out of trouble in his youth. Joining a ship as a teenager he traveled the world, learning his trade as an electrician. Arriving in San Francisco years later, he worked as a waiter in North Beach, where he met his late wife, Mary. They married, and the family — David, Amanda and Christina — moved to Pacifica. An avid Newcastle United fan, football was his passion. ’Coach Bradbury’ was well known for coaching youth soccer in Pacifica. His other passion was the sea. A seaman, abalone diver, fisherman, he even famously sunk on a yacht under the Golden Gate Bridge. Later, he still spent every day walking along the levee or up Mori Point, next to the sea. Always a champion of the poor, the working man, the immigrant, and the animals, he was a humanitarian who truly felt “The Bern.”
Alan is survived by his sister, Marion Dixon; son David Bradbury; daughters Amanda Johnson and Christina Bradbury; grandchildren Daniel, Harry and Marissa; and his many friends and extended family. Join us to celebrate him at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Chit Chat Cafe, 5 W. Manor Drive, Pacifica. All who knew him are welcome.