Goodbye, Jack

We were so sorry to hear about the death of the wonderful Jack Bradbury. Pete told us the news a few weeks ago:

Hello Everyone:


It is with a heavy heart that I notify you of the recent passing of the first Chair of the Oatka Creek Watershed Committee, Jack Bradbury.  

His obituary can be viewed at .


I met Jack several times, most were brief meetings, usually when he and Lana stopped by the Committee’s display booth at the Village of LeRoy’s Oatka Festival.  Overtime these meetings became less frequent as Jack battled health concerns.  But I did have one opportunity a couple of years ago to spend over an hour with Jack and Lana on the patio outside of their Stone House. I think I was very fortunate to have been able to catch glimpses of Jack’s passion and concern for Oatka Creek as well as for environmental well-being of the community he lived in. He played a very important role in establishing the Committee  and his  dedication was critical in achieving early milestones for the Committee, including our incorporation as a not for profit organization, our approval for tax exempt status, and in 2003, the first comprehensive report on the Oatka Creek Watershed, the “The State of the Basin Report” by Tim Tatakis.  Jack will certainly be missed by the entire Committee. Thank You Jack for showing us the way.


We will indeed miss him. He was a primary force behind the creation of the OCWC, and guided us wisely through those early years. He continued to be a source of support after his retirement from active committee work. Our vision statement came from Jack’s words at an early meeting: “To preserve the pristine character and water quality now present in Oatka Creek for future generations” and a photo he took of the creek bank in LeRoy adorns the cover of our “Oatka Guide”.

He will be sorely missed.

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