Friends and community leaders described Howard G. Bradley as a man of principle, honor and pride.
Bradley, who was the tax administrator for the village of McDonald, died April 9 at the age of 70. Bradley also was a former Hubbard Township police chief and trustee.
He was sworn in as police chief in Hubbard in October 1989. Todd Coonce, the township's current chief, served as a patrolman under Bradley.
"He was actually just our second police chief after the inception of the township's department," Coonce said. "When the township was looking for a new chief, he just blew everybody away with his qualifications. He had a lot to do with helping and growing the Hubbard Township Police Department and the community in general."
On Dec. 31, 1990, Bradley resigned as chief. A year later, he was named to the Hubbard Township Board of Trustees. Fellow trustee Fred Hanley said Bradley's honesty was his best trait.
"Howard was a dedicated public servant," Hanley said. "The reason he wasn't really the political type is because, if you asked him, he would tell you what his true feelings were. He was a real common sense guy. While maybe that wasn't the greatest thing in politics, it made him a very sincere, honest person."
Bradley was born Aug. 19, 1942, in Youngstown, the son of Glenn Owen and Jeannette Sprankle Bradley. After graduating from Hubbard High School in 1960, he entered the military and remained there for 21 years. His service included three years in the U.S. Army and 17 years with the Air Force's Office of Special Investigations Unit (OSI).
"He was a dedicated patriot," Hanley said. "As a fellow veteran, I probably knew a lot of the details of Howard's life that the general public didn't. He spent time in the OSI and the CIA, and was involved in both Panama and Vietnam. He was a true patriot that would do anything for his country."
Following his time in the military, Bradley earned a master's degree in criminal justice from Youngstown State University.
In 2002, Bradley became a tax administrator in McDonald and remained in that position for the last 10 years.
McDonald Mayor Glenn Holmes commented on Bradley's professionalism and character.
"You want to talk about exemplary, that word applies to Howard," Holmes said. "I'm so glad he came here and worked with us. He was always very efficient and very fair."
Bradley is survived by a son, Edward; a daughter, Melissa, and four grandchildren.