Bro. William C. Bradford, 1974 – 2019

We are sad to report that Brother William C. “Bill” Bradford II laid down his working tools Thursday, August 15, 2019, after a long battle with cancer. He passed peacefully with his family at his bedside. In addition to his other professional and Masonic activities, Bro. Bradford was Gray Lodge’s IT Specialist, and facilitated all of our Lodge’s online outreach efforts.

Bro. Bradford was born November 5, 1974 and was initiated in Gray Lodge October 9, 2008; passed September 29, 2009; and raised a Master Mason on his birthday, November 5, 2009. He was an endowed member of Gray Lodge. Bill was a renowned expert in UNIX and Sun Microsystems platforms, and shared his knowledge with everyone in his industry via websites and email lists that he hosted for free.

If Bro. Bradford personally kept a quiet profile, his work as a photographer is known by Masons around the world. In 2009, Bill took the iconic photograph of the dimly-lit Gray Lodge lodgeroom that has been repurposed by dozens of lodges and Grand Jurisdictions globally (both regular and clandestine). It is only fitting and proper that we remember Bro Bradford, not only for his own substantial personal merits, but for the positive light he shared with the Craft and the world via this legendary photograph.

Image copyright © 2009 Bill Bradford and Gray Lodge No. 329, A.F. & A.M. All rights reserved.

Funeral arrangements are pending as of this writing. Please keep Brother Bradford and his family in your thoughts and prayers.

Rest in peace, Brother Bill.