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