Philip John Bradford,
Philip John Bradford, 57, died in Basalt on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008. He was born Jan. 22, 1950, in Gary, Ind., to Stanley and Elizabeth Bradford, and was older brother to Neil and Kimberly.
Phil showed keen interest and skill in building things since childhood. He was brilliant at design and would use this talent all his life. He studied accounting at Indiana University, but soon discovered that sitting behind a desk all day was not for him. He went on to Purdue University and earned a degree in building construction and management.
Phil served in the U. S. Navy as an airman recruit and was honorably discharged in 1975. He became a cross- country truck driver and trucked the Chicago Symphony to Carnegie Hall in New York City and the Rames Exhibition to McCormack’s Palace in Chicago, among other venues. He later became an ironworker and helped build the skyscrapers and bridges in Chicago, hanging on the outside of the buildings. He found it to be exciting work and gained valuable experience which he would use later in his own construction business. He especially was gifted in unique design and extraordinary construction. He began his own business, Aspen Builders, in Illinois and continued it in Colorado, first in Boulder, and then Aspen. His clients raved about his excellence of craftsmanship.
Phil enjoyed traveling, skiing and success. He always was searching for and chasing after his rainbow. He will be remembered as an extraordinary craftsman and designer, who accepted nothing less than perfection in everything he accomplished.
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