posted on April 02, 2020 14:28
By: William F. Galvin, Cape Cod Chronicle
HARWICH — Julie Bradley, well-known in the town's business community, became the first local resident to succumb to the COVID-19 virus. She passed away at home on March 28 after a brief battle with the virus. She was 59.
Board of Health Director Meggan Eldredge informed selectmen of the death in the board’s meeting Wednesday night. Despite the state Department of Public Health recommending that local officials not release specific numbers in the communities, Eldredge said Mrs. Bradley's death had already been publicized on social media.
“It’s a milestone,” Eldredge said. “It’s a serious virus and it’s affecting us.” She urged the public to take every measure possible to protect against the virus.
Mrs. Bradley was a smoker and reportedly had underlying health issues. As of Tuesday, two other deaths from the coronavirus had been reported in Barnstable County, including Rev. Dr. Richard Ottaway of Brewster, a retired Episcopal priest who was associated with Christ Church Episcopal in Harwich Port.
Mrs. Bradley worked as a sales administrator at Allen Harbor Marine Service for nearly a decade and was considered a vital part of the everyday workings of the business, Allen Harbor Marine Service owner Craig LeBlanc said. She sold boats, engines and trailers while handling the administrative duties of the sales department and assisted the accounting department. She also served as marketing and social director for the company.
“This pandemic we’re all struggling with truly hit home this week with the loss of a dear friend and longtime employee, Julie Bruchu Bradley. I just witnessed someone very close to me go from first symptoms to passing in a matter of five days,” LeBlanc wrote on the business's Facebook page.