February, 1943 –
Tom was born in London, Ontario, and raised at the edge of the village of Glanworth, on the family farm. He attended S.S. 14 Westminster, followed by Wheable Collegiate in London. Tom’s parents, William & Jessie Bradish, had a dairy farm, where William also bought and sold many Holsteins. Tom came home to the farm in 1960, after which his younger brother Ed went to Ridgetown College for his diploma. Tom went to Guelph to pursue his diploma in agriculture from 1965-1967, and returned to work on the farm. Tom and his wife Helen have two daughters, Cheri & Kelly, and a son, John.
Since 1961, Tom has been involved in growing vegetables for processing, including peas, green beans, squash and sweet corn. Along with the Fergusons and the Cuddeys, he is one of the founding partners of Strathroy Foods, which became Carrier Foods, and was purchased by Bonduelle Foods in 2007, a family-run business from France. Now farming with his son John, Tom’s company Glan-R-Vest harvests approximately 20,000 acres of vegetables for Bonduelle’s Ingersoll and Strathroy locations. The harvesting keeps 25-35 employees busy from June to early October and stretches from Chatham to Tillsonburg and north of Ilderton to Port Stanley in the south.
1982 – helped with beautification for Middlesex committee, represented Westminster Township for the beautification competition
1985 – Host of Elgin’s International Plowing Match (IPM) at Talbotville The first IPM to have an RV park and entertainment adjoining Tented City
2002 – Co-Chaired Middlesex IPM Tented City with Doug Reycrooft, at Glencoe
2003 – Vice President with the World Plowing Match at the Experimental Farm in Guelph
2010 – Co-Chaired Elgin IPM Antiques Committee with Mike Baker, at St. Thomas
Hosted two local matches on his farm since 1985
Volunteer coach with Glanworth baseball
A founding member of the Glanworth Optimist Club
Long-time member of Glanworth Oddfellows
Volunteer and an active supporter of the Rotary Club in Ellicottville NY
Active member and supporter of the Anglican Church in Glanworth
Alumni Association representative at the University of Guelph
Conservation Authority representative with Upper Thames and Kettle Creek
In addition to his farm, family and business life, Tom is an avid collector of antique tractors. Tom credits his accomplishments to the assistance of his wife Helen, who has worked with him and supported him on many projects over the years. Not one to seek the spotlight, Tom has gained the respect of his peers by working with others for the betterment of agriculture, both locally and beyond.