Bradley Lewis Ireland Nov. 10, 1952-Feb. 22, 2017

Bradley Lewis Ireland

     Bradley Lewis Ireland, 64, died Feb. 22, 2017 due to injuries from an electrical fire that broke out in his apartment in Parsippany, N.J.

     Bradley was born at Delaware Memorial Hospital on Nov. 10, 1952. He spent much of his youth in Delaware County (Greely and Hopkinton). He was confirmed in his faith at Saint John’s Lutheran Church in 1968 in Hopkinton, Iowa. Bradley worked at Camp O’Delhi through his teenage years and graduated from Maquoketa Valley Schools in 1971. During his high school years, Bradley played in a band called Middle Earth and was a member of National Honor Society. He went to college at Ellsworth where he studied art, music and philosophy; Bradley wrote music for a number of productions there. He then went to the University of Iowa where he studied business and accounting, and graduated from Coe College where studied English and literature. Bradley was always very active in theater. It was here that he wrote the play A.A. Train,” which received the Norman Lear Award. 

     Bradley worked at KCRG in Cedar Rapids, where he wrote and edited commercials before moving to New York City where he worked for CBS. He later taught at a business school and eventually went back to school for computer programming. At the time of his death, Brad was a Senior Systems Analyst at Majesco in Morristown, N.J.

     Bradley held a special interest in music, theater, genealogy, astrology, nature, and traveling. He was an excellent cook. He recently revisited his passion for theater at a local playhouse in Montville, N.J. called the Barn Theatre where he performed in “Inherit the Wind.” Bradley loved reconnecting with people via Facebook but most of all he enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

     Bradley married Tina Boscarino on May 8, 1982 and they had two children, Benjamin Charles and Julia Caitlin Ireland.

     He was preceded in death by his maternal grandparents Tom and Mary Eggiman Grapes; paternal grandparents Lewis and Bernice Roff Ireland; parents Gilbert and Bernita Grapes Ireland Gray; brothers Robert (Bob) and Richard (Dick) Ireland; and his best friend Dan Tedlie. Brad leaves behind his children; sisters Cathy Bossard (Cedar Rapids) and Julie Ireland (Washington, Iowa); sister-in-law Mary Ireland (Cedar Rapids); nieces and nephews and girlfriend Dorsey Herman.

     Bradley's children are holding a memorial service on Saturday, March 25 at the Barn Theatre in Montville, N.J. The event will be a celebration of his life, for friends and family to share stories and songs of their most cherished memories with Bradley. Contact his daughter, Julia Ireland, for more information (


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