Rodney Raymond Bradley

Rodney Raymond Bradley, (age 70) of Friendswood Texas, passed away suddenly on Saturday January 7, 2023 while dining out with friends.

Rodney, known by many as RRB, was born on June 12th, 1952 in Hotel Dieu Hospital, New Orleans, Louisiana to Louis and Lorraine Bradley. Rodney grew up in Metairie and attended East Jefferson High, leaving his sophomore year after his brother died in Vietnam to help his ailing mother. He got a job at a local area fire protection company where he fell in love with the fire safety business. In 1975, he relocated to Houston and joined Fire Protection Service, Inc. Rodney was promoted to General Manager in 1982 and became the company’s President and owner in 1993. For 30 years, RRB endeavored to grow FPS and frequently told people they should “do what they love” because that made work enjoyable and rewarding. Rodney is known for and remembered as an extremely generous and kind soul. He consistently supported veterans, active duty military, first responder associations, and the 100 Club. He also sponsored children’s sporting teams, church outreach programs, homeless shelters and was happiest when he could lend a helping hand to others in their time of need, or brainstorm solutions for the particular challenges they were facing. With his outgoing personality, Rodney didn’t know a stranger, even though some had a hard time making out his Cajun accent.

Rodney was so proud of his family and valued his many friendships. He is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Sherryl, his eight children, Shane Bradley, Heather Morgan, Shanna Studebaker, Rebecca Bradley, Rachael McCollom, Roy Bradley, Grant Bradley, Gillian Bradley, his twelve grandchildren, his sister Dale Bradley, his nephew Zach Spain, and many beloved extended family relatives & close friends in Louisiana and Texas. He is preceded in death by his parents Louis and Lorraine Bradley, his brother Louis, his sister Phyllis, and his son Rodney Raymond Bradley II.

The Bradley family is hosting a memorial service & reception on Saturday January 21, 2023 at Stone House Manor located at 316 Nasa Road 1, Webster, Texas 77598.

10:30am                  Visitation

11:00am – 12          Remembrance Memorial Service

12 – 2:30pm           Celebration of Life Reception

In keeping with his roots, classic Cajun dishes will be served at a reception immediately following the Service. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation in memory of Rodney to the American Diabetes Association or the 100 Club in which he was a lifetime member. ( rce=left-nav&autologin=true)



  1. If you met Rodney you had a friend for life. Unfortunatly its been several years since we spoke, but he was a still considered a close friend and neighbor. Love and prayers to the Bradley family.

    Mansell family.
  2. My sincere condolences to the Bradley Family.

    Working with Rodney and the team he built was a blessing.

    Bill Quante
  3. We are so sorry to hear of Rodney‘s passing. Always enjoyed talking and visiting with him. Our thoughts and prayers with the family.

    Michael McCollom
  4. My heart hurts for the Bradley family, Mr. Bradley was a great guy! He always made me feel welcome and treated me like family while I was at his house and as Shanna is my best friend, I was there often as a teen. I will always smile when I think about the loud quirky cajun way he would say my name. Rest In Peace Mr. Bradley. Sending my love and Prayers to Sherryl, Shane, Shanna, Heather, Becky, Racheal, Roy, Grant, Gillian & the rest of the family & friends….❤️-Che’

    Che’ Welch-Harrison
  5. There’s this old country song lyrics “how can I miss you if you never leave’. Never gonna leave me not now not ever. My buddy my pal for ever!

  6. I am so sorry for your loss. My thoughts and prayer are with the family.


    Peter Dudenheffer Jr.
  7. Rodney was One of a Kind and good to all.

    Andrea Sunseri
  8. My heart goes out to all Rodney’s family. We may have met at some point in New Orleans. Rodney was a good guy. It was always a pleasure to see him when I worked for JD. It was a saddened shock to hear of his passing. Sometimes ya just think someone SHOULD always be there. A family man-oh yes! Anyway, he’ll be missed. My prayers, Candyce, long time bartender for JD and a friend to Rodney. He ALWAYS a kind word.

    Candyce Exum
  9. If you needed a friend when it seemed like the world was against you, if you needed someone to help you with a business decision or if you just wanted to go by and have a cup of coffee and leave in a better mood than when you arrived, Rodney was your guy.

    The world will be a dimmer place without Rodney in it. What a great guy in all aspects of life. He will be missed always.

    Craig Barclay
  10. Im so sorry for your loss, he definitely mark my life in different ways…

    Elgin and Sandra
  11. Mr Rodney was certainly one of a kind,. He was always so good to my brother and I and always treated us like Family. I never met a more loyal person than Mr Rodney.
    I was lucky enough to learn so many things from him while working for him for so many years. I will certainly miss him and will always remember how kind he was to everyone he met.
    Bradley Family I am so very sorry for y’all loss.

    Sincerely and with love

    Brian Arceneaux
  12. I had the blessing of knowing Rodney since he was 12 years old when we lived next door to each other in Metairie, Louisiana(l964). My wife was in school in Dallas so this young teenager was like a son to me spending time making science projects,cooking, and playing marbles. Rodney was always very eager to learn and competitive but never able to beat me at a game of marbles.
    Rodney was respectful, friendly, and caring, never meeting a stranger. He was open-minded in encountering any new challenge. He was indeed a “Go Getter” with the word CAN’T not in his vocabulary.
    Years later we rekindled our friendship when I worked for him at FPS.

    We extend our prayers to his family at this time

    Gene Weidemeyer
  13. I knew Rodney after we were transferred from New Orleans to Houston when he came to live with us for a short while when he worked in Houston. Often I would pack his lunch in a large black lunch box with a thermos in the lid. He would bring the kit home and jokingly tell me the lunch was not eaten. Upon opening the lid, there inside would be a beautiful bouquet of flowers.
    Rodney was a giver and so happy to delight someone with his kindness, thoughtfulness and generosity. He was very sensitive to the feelings of others and so kind.
    Our prayers are with his family with the loss of this great man.

    Betty Weidemeyer
  14. for my best friend Rodney
    Since the mid 1980 if was a pleasure doing Business with Rodney.
    Fire Protection Service with Rodney was our sole distributor and
    Service Station for the entire state of Texas for our Viking Marine
    Safety Equipment.
    During the years Rodney became my best business associate and
    personal friend.
    Rodney was always willing to help in any situation more than
    anybody can imaging.
    He will be missed a lot.
    Rest in Piece Rodney.

    My prayers are with the family
    Poul Jensen Wednesday, January 18th. 2023 at 7.30

    Poul V. Jensen
  15. I will say one thing about Rodney that I will never forget, and that may not be known by many of the family. Rodney came to my family regarding the house in the San Joaquin neighborhood back in early 90s and made an offer that we could not refuse. Following the purchase of the home Rodney continued to be a great friend to our family and to me by letting us fish in the pond what meant so much to me and my friends and family wise, it is the fact that Rodney let us come fish in his pond, and some of the most memorable moments of my life were of fishing with my friends and catching huge bass, and catfish out of his pond.

    Trey Lavespere
  16. Condolences and warmest wishes to Sherryl and the Bradley family from your friends and neighbors at 524 St. Philip Street in New Orleans. We so appreciate Rodney’s thoughtful stewardship of our shared property, and the energy he brought to every meeting. Rodney’s presence will be sorely missed! Rue St. Philip Condo Association

    Mary Beth Ray
  17. RRB will be missing by all who ever had interactions with the man. Doesn’t matter if it was lighthearted or an unconfutable encounter, you could not deny his personality appeal.
    This really hurts my heart – We will be praying for strength and solidarity over the family.

    Jason Godfrey
  18. Devin, Cindy and I always enjoyed visiting with Rodney and the family. He was always a pleasure to work with and a very gracious man. He will be missed.

    David Kulle
  19. I have known Rodney through business for many years. I always looked forward to visiting with him when I came to Houston. We had so many fun lunches at Bonnie’s.
    A successful businessman who never forgot his roots and adored his family over all things.

    Don Hall
  20. I am sorry to hear of Mr. Bradley sudden passing. May God wrap his arms around the family to find peace with the passing of this great man. I was honored to meet the Bradley’s at one of the Employee Christmas Party and Mr. Bradley was such a delight and definitely a jokester. He also made everyone feel very welcomed. The love that he expressed for his family and friends was very genuine. He will be missed by many, May you rest in peace Mr. Bradley.

    Nicholas and Natisha Burnham
  21. My condolences to the entire Bradley family. There are no words to ease the pain of death, but God will comfort you and see you through this difficult time. Although I only new him for a few years Mr. B was a very kind and gentle man. Know that he always took time to greet and acknowledge all of his employees with a smile, hello or are you having fun. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him. Remember cherished memories are a wonderful gift. My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Mr. B Rest In Peace.

    Cynthia Morado
  22. My heart was saddened by the passing of Mr. Rodney. He was a joy to speak with. I met him through my dad Big Lyle Murray, who has passed as well, Gonna miss our talks Mr. Rodney. My deepest condolences to the family.

    Paul Derbes
  23. Mr. Bradley thank you for the opportunity you gave me in world of Fire Protection. I interviewed for you for a position you had when I was working in manufacturing and i told you my father was a machinist. I recall telling you how my father found his calling in machining but i was still not sure. You said, “It’s simple, just follow your heart and the rest will fall into place. As long as you love what you, you will be happy and you will be successful.” I made Fire Protection my life’s work and it’s taken me around the world I am also currently the VP of the Houston Chapter of Society of Fire Protection Engineers, thank you. I have enjoyed every bit of my career and it was because of the doors you opened for me and by treating me, a stranger, like I was part of your family and always wanting what’s best for me. You allowed me to start as a designer, then you sent me to school so that I could earn the background in fire protection and i studied until achieving the NICET levels in several elements to achieve RME-I and run and grow the industrial department for some time. You had a great eye for talent or you encouraged everyone like you did me from Jason Godfrey, Aurelio, Anthony to Robbie and Shane we were there inspired by you. Go for the Tools!! The tools!! Many a Christmas Parties where the coveted items were in fact the tools. THANK YOU. You will be missed. My and family’s prayers are with you and your family. Raymundo “Ray” Rodriguez.

    Ray Rodriguez

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