Gulf Breeze - Henry Austin Bradshaw died March 31, 2018, at the Beacon in Gulf Breeze, Florida. He was preceded in death by his parents, Bennie Bradshaw and Jessie Pearl Shoemaker. He is survived by his wife Katie Freeland Bradshaw, two sons Don (Barry) and Woody , his granddaughter, Amber Mandel (Greg), great-granddaughter, Sadie Mandel, and his sister Mary Grantham.
Henry spent most of his childhood in Lucedale, MS and graduated from Lucedale High School where he was an outstanding athlete, playing both basketball and football. Henry continued his education at Delta State University on a football scholarship. After graduating with honors, he received a grant and completed his graduate work at Florida State University. In 1963, he applied for a job in Pensacola with Armstrong Cork Company…now known as Armstrong World Industries. On his original application, which we have, there was the question: why do you want this job? His reply was "I want a position that will create a challenge and utilize my abilities". He got his wish. He worked at Armstrong for 30 years, starting as a chemist at the Armstrong plant in Pensacola. He relocated several times, then returned to Armstrong in Pensacola as Plant Manager. He went on to become President of the Building Products Division and moved to Lancaster, PA (he and Katie always kept their home in Gulf Breeze), where he was instrumental in taking Armstrong World Industries global. In 1995 he led his division to win the prestigious Malcolm Baldridge National Quality award. Henry was invited to the White House, where he was presented the award by President Clinton.
Henry retired in 1996 and returned to his home in Gulf Breeze. In retirement, he enjoyed time on his Harley, riding all over the country. He and Katie traveled the world but always loved living on the fabulous Gulf Coast.
His family wants to thank the Beacon, Emerald Coast Hospice, and the nurses and aides who cared for him with such kindness. A special thank you to Kathy Zaleske, his personal aide and "angel". We will forever be indebted to her for the extra care, love, and devotion.
Celebration of Henry's Life will be at Rose Lawn Funeral Home, Wednesday, April 25, 2018, from 11:00 am -1:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, please donate to a charity of your choice.
Published in Pensacola News Journal on Apr. 8, 2018
So sorry Mrs. Bradshaw, I vividly remember you talking of your dear Henry, and sons, Don and Woody in our classroom at Lampeter Strasburg School District many years ago. Class of 1978. My condolences to you and your family.
Diana (Simmons) WikerLancaster, PA
He was my supervisor at the Pensacola plant and at The Marietta Pa. plant. He was a great leader mentor and advisor to me. Thanks for taking a chance on me. You were the best
Mel TruettMarietta, PA
Henry and I were friends many years ago. Had many a good laugh - he even introduced me to Scotch at a young age!
Best regards to Katie.
Fred TeschnerOxford, PA
Katie, I always remember the two of you,with fondness, from Lancaster Newcomers Club. Please accept my condolences to you and your family. Sandy Carpenter
Sandy CarpenterLancaster, PA
Henry and I were on the staff of the Armstrong Marietta Ceiling Plant during the startup. I read his obituary in the Lancaster Sunday paper today and was saddened to read of his passing. I don't remember ever meeting Katie. but I certainly offer my condolences. Don Misselhorn
We miss your big smile, your tall handsome huggable body, your wit and charm, your friendship, cooking with Cass, talking about our kids, enjoying a good drink, and most of all - your love for us.
Vivian and Justin ShieldsNashville, TN
Gonna miss you big guy. See you on the other side!!
David EspenscheidPensacola, FL