Bradley Ellis Singleton

January 10, 1942 — January 1, 2016

Our family and community has lost the love and friendship of a truly wonderful man. Brad passed away peacefully at home with his family after being diagnosed with cancer just a short time ago.

Brad was born to Virginia and Walter Singleton in Taft, California, but the family moved a year later after his father was transferred to Bakersfield. He was proud to be in the first graduating class from South High School. During high school he had many summer jobs. Brad worked in the potato sheds, loading hay bales, and at the Ice House to pay for his first car, a 1956 Ford Fairlane 2 door sedan.

He joined the Bakersfield City Police Department but was drafted in 1966 and served two years in the U.S. Army Artillery during the Vietnam War. He returned to the police department after his military service and retired, after 31 years, as a Lieutenant in 1995.Ê While working as a police officer, Brad went back to school and graduated from Cal State with a BA in Criminal Justice.

Brad was always active in his children’s lives. He volunteered at their swim meets, refereed their soccer matches, and helped build two BMX tracks for Bakersfield children. Brad also drove the Crossroads BMX team bus to races all over California and Nevada. He also donated more than 28 gallons of blood to the Houchin Blood Bank over the course of his life, helping many people over the years.

Brad was a man who loved people and enjoyed making them laugh. He was lovingly known as Uncle Knucklehead and a Master Tickle Monster. He loved traveling, playing tennis, having coffee every morning with the “boys” at the Double Tree, and he was an avid collector. Brad was very handy and enjoyed working with tools. He did a large portion of the work building the dream home he shared with his wife, Pauline.

He served on the Board of Directors for the International Footprint Association, Bakersfield City Employees Federal Credit Union, and Bradley Land Company of Santa Maria.

Brad is survived by his wife of 47 years, Pauline, whom he often referred to as “Precious”, his daughter Kirstin, son-in-law Michael and grandson Connor, his son Doug and daughter-in-law Mairead. Nephew Brian Sorci and his wife Laurie, their children Adian and Carson. Nephew Brett Sorci and his children Haley and Cody. Many other family members, nieces and nephews will miss him as well. He was predeceased by his parents, Walter and Virginia and brother David and his wife Barbara.

Many thanks to Vrarat Hospice Care and their wonderful staff for the kind and loving support.

In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the charity of your choice in his name.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, January 7th at 12 noon at St. Frances Church, 900 “H” Street, Bakersfield, CA.
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