HALLOWELL – Alden Tobey Bradford, 81, passed away quietly Wednesday evening, Aug. 11, 2004, at Maine General Rehabilitation and Nursing Care, Glenridge Drive, Augusta, with his family by his side. He was born Sept. 1, 1922, in Augusta, the son of William and Nellie (Tobey) Bradford. Known by most as “Brad,” Alden grew up in Augusta, where he met his two life-long passions, his wife, Patricia, and his career in aviation. After becoming the youngest pilot in the state at age 15, he went on to graduate from Roosevelt Aviation School in New York with high honors. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Corps. in 1943, where he became a flight engineer and crew chief. In May of 1944, Alden married Patricia Bragdon, his high school sweetheart; his first and enduring love of 60 years. After World War II, Brad joined the Maine Air National Guard and became one of the first two full-time staff in the newly formed 112th Air Ambulance Company. After attaining the rank of Warrant Officer and holding ascending positions that spanned more than 34 years, he retired in July of 1977. His love of family and flight were not only his passions, they defined his life. He is survived by his loving wife, Patricia; and his three children, Cynthia Keller of Augusta, Kirt Bradford of Farmingdale, and Eric Bradford of Walpole; as well as five grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. Relatives and friends are invited to visit from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 15, at Knowlton and Hewins Funeral Home, One Church St., Augusta, where a funeral service will be held 11 a.m. on Monday, with the Rev. J. John Keggi, Pastor of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, officiating. For those who wish, contributions in Brad’s memory may be made to MaineGeneral Office of Philanthropy, 30 Chase Ave, Waterville, 04901, for use at Glenridge. Envelopes will be available at the funeral home. www.khrfuneralhomes.com