Ann P. (Doherty) Bradley

December 29, 2020

 Ann P. (Doherty) Bradley

 Ann P. (Doherty) Bradley – of Woburn,  December 29th, at the age of ninety-one. Beloved wife of the late James P. Bradley. Cherished mother of Maryann O’Keefe, her husband Matthew and Nancy Bradley-Cooney, her husband John both of Woburn. Treasured grandmother of Kaleigh Rose Bradley and Patrick Bradley-Cooney.  Dear sister of Rosemarie O’Connor, as well as the late Mary Hamilton and the late Daniel Doherty. Loving and dear friend of the late Julia Keane and her daughter Rita McBride. Relatives and friends are invited to Ann’s Funeral Mass, Wednesday, January 6th 10 a.m., in St. Margarets Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington. The church is limited to 100 people. All other services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.   Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the Fidelity House  25 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Ann P. (Doherty) Bradley – of Woburn, died peacefully, December 29th, at the age of ninety-one. She was the beloved wife of the late James P. Bradley.

Born on September 5, 1929 in Woburn, Ann, affectionately known as Anna, was a daughter of the late Daniel and Rose (McGonagle) Doherty. Her parents, emigrating from Ireland, held family in the highest regard.

Ann grew up on Hudson Place the oldest of four children. She cherished her sisters and brother, who all looked up to her. Ann graduated from St. Charles High School where she was a proud member of the “Charlie’s Angels” basketball team. It was during those early years at St. Charles where she found her strong devotion to our Blessed Mothershe cherished that devotion during her entire lifetime. Ann was very proud of her faith-based education and made many lifelong friendships. She looked forward to attending her class reunion each May.

Ann’s first job was at Grant’s in Woburn Center. She was excited for her weekly paycheck so she could bring home a special treat to her mother and young siblings. In 1948Ann started her career in the mortgage department at the First National Bank of Boston. She enjoyed taking the bus to Boston each day and loved expanding her wardrobe at shops like Jordan Marsh, Filene’s, and Lord & Taylor.

Ann’s parents bought a house and moved the family from Woburn to Medford in 1951. A short time later, her aunt bought the house next door. Carney Street became the welcome spot for many generations visiting from near and far. All would gather for an Irish sing-along played by her father on the accordion. Ann called Carney Street home for the next 61 years.

In 1957, Ann met the love of her life Jimmy Bradley while attending her cousin’s wedding. Ann’s mother introduced the two, as Jimmy was the son of an old friend from Ireland. Exactly one year later they were married at Immaculate Conception Church in Medford. It was a love story for the ages – one she enjoyed telling often! Within a short time, they settled on Carney Street to raise their family. Ann and Jimmy welcomed their dear friend Julia, and her daughter Rita, into their home and they quickly became a part of the family.

Ann’s family was her priority, above anything! She left her job at the bank after 20 years, to start her family. Over the next two years, Ann and Jimmy welcomed newborn baby girls, Maryann and Nancy, from Catholic Charities. The girls became their world.

Ann and her sisters, Mary and Rosemarie (Tootsie)became inseparable raising their children – another generation of cousins being raised together. They enjoyed traveling to many Irish dance competitions along the East Coast, Canada, and Ireland forming lifelong friendships. Ann also enjoyed watching the girls play baseball for many years. Countless Sundays were spent in Woburn for family cookouts. Ann and her family also enjoyed summers at Hampton Beach and took their dream trip to Disney World in 1979. Soon after Disney, her dear husband Jimmy died unexpectedly leaving Ann to raise the girls, then 13 and 11, on her own. A strong, independent woman, Ann’s deep faith got her through the toughest times in her life.

In 1973, Ann started the second phase of her career at Converse Rubber in Malden where she formed many lasting friendships. By the time she retired in 1993, her daughters and two nieces began their careers at Converse following in her footsteps.

Soon after retirement, she welcomed her granddaughter Kaleigh Rose, and later, her grandson Patrick James (Packy). Once again, there were 3 generations living on Carney Street. Ann’s grandchildren quickly became her world – she was proudly known as Nana and “Nana Anna” to many. She was back in the Irish dance world as a proud Nana and enjoyed traveling to competitions to Canada and across New England. She never missed sitting in the front row of theater productions or sporting events. Every musical, banquet, award ceremony, and team dinner – Nana was there!

Ann cherished the afternoons spent with her daughters and their families relaxing by the pool or sharing a meal at the dining table. All living within a mile of each other made for sharing many special times. She especially loved all the holiday celebrations, Superbowl parties, get-togethers, and weekly mass at St. Margaret’s Church.  

Ann also loved her apple and blueberry picking outings with her sisters. They also enjoyed many great times with their cousins at Castle Island, Irish dances, Ladies luncheons and weekends full of laughter and Irish sing-a-longs. There were regular trips to Las Vegas and Foxwoods. Ann looked forward to her weekly Bingo and treasured the friendships she made. Ann appreciated every minute she spent with friends and family. Her daughters carry on many of those traditions.

Ann was always lending a hand, giving advice, and supporting those in need. She was warm and welcoming with a great sense of humor that was appreciated by all. Ann was loved by many, welcomed all with her warm smile, and made everyone feel like family.  She lived each day to the fullest and will be deeply missed by all. Ann is now reunited with her dear husband Jimmy after nearly 40 years.

Ann is lovingly survived by her daughters Maryann O’Keefe, her husband Matthew and Nancy Bradley-Cooney, her husband John, all of Woburn. Treasured Nana of Kaleigh Rose Bradley and Patrick Bradley-Cooney and “Nana Anna” to Shannon, Colleen, and Matthew McBride. Dear sister of Rosemarie O’Connor of Woburn, the late Mary Hamilton and the late Daniel Doherty. Loving and dear friend of the late Julia Keane. Also survived by many loving nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ann’s Funeral Mass, Wednesday, January 6th 10 a.m., in St. Margaret’s Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington. The church is limited to 100 people. All other services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn. Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing.In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the Fidelity House 25 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Relatives and friends are invited to Ann’s Funeral Mass, Wednesday, January 6th 10 a.m., in St. Margarets Church, 111 Winn Street, Burlington. The church is limited to 100 people. All other services are private and under the direction of the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn.   Masks MUST be worn at all times, along with strict adherence to social distancing. In lieu of flowers donations may be made in Ann’s memory to the Fidelity House  25 Medford St., Arlington, MA 02474 or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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  1. Hale House Boston

    Hale House in Boston received a gift in Mrs. Bradley’s memory. We share your grief at her passing and are honored to help keep her memory alive.

  2. Mary(Contalonis)Regan

    Maryann and Nancy,
    So sorry to read of Ann’s passing. I still can’t figure out the relationship between your mom, Tootsie and my mom! We were together at weddings and wakes, a typical Irish family! She was a lovely lady and she will be missed by all!

  3. Dear Nancy, Maryann, John, Kaleigh and Patrick, our deepest condolences to each of you. Please know we are so grateful we got to meet your mom when our
    kids were growing up like we did. May you always remember with a smile how
    much she loved each of you in beautiful memories. Love and peace to you all, Denise, Frank and Mary Sellaro God bless ❤️❤️❤️

  4. Erin McGuirk Dobson

    Maryann and Nancy,
    I have so many fond memories of your mother from those Irish Step Dancing days we all enjoyed together. She’ll be always in my heart and in my prayers. What a life well lived! I am sure you’ll always be proud of her and the mark she left on this world. May God Bless Mrs. Bradley! Love always, Erin (McGuirk) Dobson

  5. My thoughts and prayers are with you Maryann, as well as your family. Your mother sounds like a wonderful woman loved by all who knew her.

  6. My condolences to Mary Ann and Nancy on your loss. May you cherish all the good memories.

  7. Dear Maryann and Nancy, and to your loving families, the news just reached me. I am simply devastated for you. Please know that I will be saying the Rosary for you and for the repose of your Mother’s soul often, even though we know by her life’s example that surely she has already touched the face of Our Father. I also feel so very sad, but I simply cannot fathom your pain. My Aunt Ann was the most kind and wonderful woman in the world, certainly in mine. I love you. Your cousin, Diane M. Dowd

  8. To the Bradley family. I am so sorry to hear of Ann’s passing. I met Ann several years ago at the South End Italian Club bingo. I also ran the bingo at 59 Campbell Street and she used to play at our bingo until the pandemic. She was the nicest person and would always pick up Joyce in Burlington to make sure she had a ride to bingo. I hope you find comfort in all of your memories.

  9. Mary Ann n Nancy, I am in deep shock to read this obituary. She was a great lovely lady who I enjoyed talking with. A wonderful neighbor, n your family was so good to her. Your loss is great. Knock when you come by.

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