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In Memory of Former LARC Executive Director, Roger Bradley

Roger Bradley age 66 passed away peacefully with his family by his side on Monday May 8, 2017. He was born in Meriden, Connecticut on January 1, 1951 to Dr. James and Ann Bradley. He was preceded in death by his parents and younger sister Kathy. Roger leaves behind to continue his legacy his wife of 34 years, Deryl, his three children, and two grandsons. He was a loving and proud father to Meghan Burbach (Matthew), Matthew, and Michael. He was “Big Daddy” to Liam and Hunter who brought him joy, laughter and hope for the future. He is survived by his siblings: Jim Bradley Jr. (Suzanne) of Williamsburg, VA; Dick Bradley (Diane) of Yankeetown, FL; Chris Bradley (Mary) of Tampa, FL; Brian Bradley (Joni) of Sarasota, FL; and Carolyn Scanlon (Jim) of Oviedo, Fl. Also, left to celebrate his life are his many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces, and grand-nephews. He was a friend to many, most especially CJ.

Roger was selfless, patient, kind, generous, and full of humor. He easily spread these traits throughout his home and community while growing up and living in Ft. Myers. He touched many lives by instilling these values in all he met. Roger taught many how to meet life head on through his example and quiet encouragement, which pushed them to become better versions of themselves.

At home with his family he enjoyed coaching his children through various sporting events, with his wife by his side as “team mom”, as well as sailing and fishing the river he grew up on. He always enjoyed watching his Pirates, Rays, or Seminoles even visiting the stadiums a time or two. He enjoyed travel throughout the world making lasting memories with those he loved.

Family was so important to Roger that it encompassed his community as well. He understood the innate value in people and had a strong desire to make Ft. Myers and Lee County a better community through service. Many felt that Roger was a father figure, brother, or just all around good friend as he quietly soldiered for various causes throughout Ft. Myers. Closest to his heart were the remarkable citizens of LARC. He worked tirelessly to provide them the ability and opportunity to be contributing members of their community as well educating the community on acceptance. His children enjoyed many barbecues, dances, and Halloween parties at LARC as they learned the invaluable lessons of love, acceptance, and a joyful heart.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 PM Saturday, May 13, 2017 at Church of the Resurrection of Our Lord, 8121 Cypress Lake Drive, Fort Myers, with burial to follow in Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Cemetery. Friends will be received from 6 – 8 PM Friday, May 12, 2017 in the chapel of Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33907. Online condolences may be offered at:

The family requests that in lieu of flowers a tribute donation in the name of Roger be made to either LARC, Inc. 2570 Hanson St., Ft. Myers, FL 33901 or Hope Hospice Ft. Myers at


Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day 2017 Is Almost Here!

The 2017 Developmental Disabilities Awareness Day is almost here!  This year, the event will take place on Tuesday, March 21, 2017, under the Senate Office Building off to the side of the Capitol Courtyard.  It will begin around 11:00 AM with a press conference with The Arc of Florida, Florida Developmental Disabilities Council, Florida ARF and several special guests.  Lunch will be provided after the press conference concludes.

The Arc of Florida’s 2017 legislative priorities can be found here: The Arc of Florida 2017 Legislative Priorities