On July 10, 2012, Dennis Francis Bradshaw, United States Merchant Marine of Parkville; beloved husband of Sharon Diane Bradshaw nee Herrmann; his caring father in law, Clark David Herrmann; devoted father of Dawn Wallis, Denise Mills and husband John; cherished grandfather of Savanna Ruggerio, Lillian Diane Mills and Bree Riddle; great grandfather of Richard Jaden Higgs; dear brother of Kathy Mignone and husband Dennis; uncle of Ryan and Mark Mignone;
Dear friends, I am writing this to tell everyone about Dennis' last days. I'm doing this so I don't have to say it over and over again - it is too close and too painful for me to do, and I get choked up every time I try. On May 30th, 2012, Dennis had a common laparoscopic surgery to correct a nagging injury. At that time, his doctors discovered melanoma cancer in his lymph nodes, his small intestines and his adrenal gland A CAT scan revealed the melanoma had also spread to his brain. On June 7th, Dennis began radiation treatments for the brain cancer. On June 18th, Dennis started chemotherapy which consisted of a new medication specifically targeted to melanoma. In addition, he also received radiation treatment. That same afternoon, after the treatments, Dennis and I drove home and arrived at about 3 PM When we got out of the truck, he went as usual to get the mail from the mailbox. As he did, I went to unlock the door. Behind me, I heard Dennis fall off the steps. He foil down very hard onto the concrete walk He was taken by ambulance to Sinai Hospital where he was treated for injuries to his tailbone and abrasions along his spine. He also received six staples to close his head wounds. He was then released. Over the next few weeks, Dennis had two more radiation treatments to finish his therapy. On Monday, July 2nd, Dennis went to St. Joseph Medical Center's Cancer Center for an emergency appointment. He was very dehydrated, and was admitted to the hospital for rehydration and observation. It was at this time that Dr. Caffar decided the chemotherapy was not helping him, and would be discontinued He and I spent the fourth of July watching fireworks from Dennis' hospital window. On July 5th, Dennis was discharged into home hospice through Gilchrist Hospice. His condition deteriorated rapidly. Denise and Dawn were there constantly, devoting themselves to helping Dennis, and comforting me too. Dennis passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, July 10th, 2012, at 5:20pm with Denise, Dawn, myself and his beloved dog Sandy by his side. I want to thank everyone so very much for your thoughts and prayers. I will always remember the outpouring of love and support you have given me.
Thank you all, Sharon Bradshaw
Family and friends will honor Dennis’s life at the family owned Evans Funeral Chapel and Cremation Services – Parkville, 8800 Harford Rd. on Friday 3-5 & 7-9 PM. with a funeral service 10:30 AM Saturday. Interment Dulaney Valley Memorial Gardens.