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Bradford Tyler Atwood

Published: 11/19/2020 3:01:13 AM
Modified: 11/19/2020 3:01:04 AM

SHARON, VT — Bradford Tyler Atwood, 62, died unexpectedly at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center on Monday, November 16 of previously undiagnosed pancreatic cancer. Brad was a partner in Hughes Smith Hughes Atwood & Mullaly, a law firm in Lebanon, N.H. He graduated from Denison University and received a law degree from Vermont Law School, Class of 1990.

Brad’s spirit of generosity was reflected in his commitment to community service.

He was a trustee and director of the Gifford Medical Center and vice-president of the board at Tri-Valley Transit. He served as president of the board at The Sharon Academy for many years and also served as chair of the Sharon selectboard.

Brad inherited his love for cooking from his mother and passed his passion in the kitchen down to his children. He was curious about the food of other cultures and traveled abroad to enrich his knowledge of varying cuisines. But the thing he liked best was sharing locally grown food with his neighbors in Sharon and East Barnard.

Brad encouraged wilderness training for all four of his children. As a family, they loved to camp and ski, hike and fish and Brad was proud of their ability to navigate a place in nature by being both respectful and resourceful. Brad was a man of great sensitivity, taking delicate care of wild birds throughout each season, and cultivating an environment for lemons and limes in his den.

Brad’s life was one of love and service to his family, friends and community. His early and sudden death leaves a hole in the hearts of so many people. He is survived by his wife, Kelley McKenna, his four children, Caleb Atwood, Abra Atwood and her husband, Tom Callahan, Caroline Atwood and Bruce Atwood, and their mother Lorraine Atwood. He is also survived by his sister, Heather Atwood, and her husband, David Rabin, his brother, Jonathan Atwood, his stepdaughters, Claire Crowley and Lily Crowley, and his nieces, Isabelle Rabin, Georgia Rabin, Julia Atwood and many close cousins.

There will be a private family service this weekend, and a virtual service for all on Sunday, November 22 at 3pm. If you would like to attend, please email remembering.bradford@gmail.com for details.

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