BRIDGMAN, Arthur L. “Bud”, CD, of St. Thomas, passed away on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.  Husband of the late Betty (nee Hayman) (1998).  Father of Michael (Debra), and Randy (Marsha), and grandfather of Chantyle Playford (Bill), Sarah Hill (Mike), Taylor and Travis Bridgman.  Great grandfather of Billy, Jack and Luke Playford, Kaylee and Paige Hill.  Half brother of Lorraine Graham, Ray Bridgman, and the late Joyce Powell.  Uncle of Chris Johnston (Dorry).  Mr. Bridgman was a resident of St. Thomas for most of his life, and also lived in London for a 10 year period.  He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the R.C.N.V.R., and saw active service in the Atlantic on board the minesweeper, HMCS Comox.  His military service also included 18 years in the militia from 1947-1965.  He was a Warrant Officer and received the Canadian Forces Decoration for Long Service.  Following the war, Mr. Bridgman began a long newspaper career, first as an advertising salesman and later the advertising manager for the St. Thomas Times-Journal.  He left the Times-Journal in November of 1956 to join the advertising staff of the London Free Press and stayed until his retirement in May of 1991.  At the Free Press he held numerous appointments in the marketing division, retiring as the Special Projects Supervisor.  Mr. Bridgman was a former member of Central United Church, a life member of the Elgin Regiment Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, Honourary Member and former President of the London Executives Association, a past president and life member of the Elgin Military Museum, and a member of Lord Elgin Branch #41, Royal Canadian Legion, St. Thomas.  For several years, he was a tennis member of Greenhills, Lambeth, and more recently a member of the Belmont Golf Club, and a former member of the St. Thomas Curling Club.  In keeping with his wishes, cremation has taken place, and private interment will be made in South Park Cemetery.  A public memorial service will be held at the Sifton Funeral Home, 118 Wellington St., St. Thomas (519-631-1160) on Saturday, Sept. 22nd at 11:00 a.m.  Relatives and friends will be received by the family on Friday evening from 7:00-9:00 p.m. and one hour prior to the service.  If so desired, memorial donations to the Elgin Military Museum will be appreciated.  A tribute may be found at

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