Henry Bradley Kilgour, Jr was born on October 1, 1925, at Loudoun Hospital on Cornwall St, Leesburg, VA to Henry Bradley Kilgour, Sr and Virginia Jordan Kilgour and was a seventh generation Kilgour in Western Loudoun. Except for his time in college and the military, Brad was extremely proud of the fact that he had a Purcellville address his whole life.
Brad attended Purcellville Elementary School (currently Loudoun Valley Community Center) 1st-7th grade, and Lincoln High School (currently Lincoln Elementary School) 9th-12th grade. He grew up in a home on Business Route 7 in Purcellville and caddied at Loudoun Golf & Country Club (LGCC) while in High School, where his father, H. B. Sr. maintained the golf course during WWII, when many of the other men in the area had war-time employment. He went on to purchase a share of stock at LGCC in 1952, and served on its Board from 1955-1995, consecutively, and served as President in the early 70’s.
After high school, he went on to attend “VPI”, with a two-year stint in the military during WWII, in the middle of his education, from 1944 until it ended in 1945. He graduated with a Mechanical Engineering degree in 1948. He was proud to be a Hokie throughout his life, and with his wife by his side, attended 19 Bowl games.
After graduating from VPI, he went to work for Crane Co in Washington, DC in 1948. In 1950, he and some of his co-workers formed their own company, V M & W Plumbing & Heating Supply Co, in Falls Church VA. He was a partner in this business until it dissolved in 1972. He was in the plumbing & heating supply business until his retirement.
In 1951, he married the love of his life and life-long partner, Esther Burke Kilgour at Harmony United Methodist Church in Hamilton. They were married for 64 years until her passing in 2015. They had 3 children: Daughter — Mary Bradley Lambertson (Wayne), Grandson — Patrick Kelley and Granddaughter- Megan Kelley; Daughter — Judith Romano (Mike), granddaughter — Susan MacClary Hammonds (Austin), and great-granddaughter Lakelyn Hammonds; Son — H.B. Kilgour, III (Lisa Ellis), granddaughter — Taylor Kilgour and grandson — Cameron Kilgour.
He grew up going to the Eastern Shore of VA in the summer, in 1969 he & Esther purchased a cottage on Chincoteague Island on the VA Eastern Shore. Along with children and grandchildren he has had many wonderful times throughout the years crabbing, clamming, fishing, boating, going to the beach or just sitting on their dock watching the beautiful sunsets, together. The family celebrated 50 years on Chincoteague with a reunion there in 2019.
Brad joined the Purcellville Lions Club in the 50’s and the Masonic Lodge in 1967. He was a member of them both throughout his life. He also served on the Board of Directors at Farmers & Merchants National Bank in Hamilton for 25+ years until his retirement from it in 1989. He served along-side his life-long best friend Guilford Welsh.
Brad was raised in St Peters Episcopal Church in Purcellville and lived across the street from the old church on Main St in Purcellville (currently Hamilton-Thompson Masonic Lodge). He was on the vestry and helped build the current church on 32nd St in the 60’s. He dedicated many years of his life to the church with his wife, Esther, actively by his side.
In 1981, Brad got his real estate license, in semi-retirement he said many times, he sold real estate when it did not interfere with his golf game.
He was predeceased by his sister Priscilla Pancoast of Berryville and his brother Lt Col Jordan M Kilgour.
A celebration of a long, full and successful life will be held on Friday, April 23rd at 10:30 AM at St Peters Episcopal Church in Purcellville with a reception following at Loudoun Golf & Country Club, two of his favorite places on earth throughout his life. Interment will be private. In Lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St Peters Episcopal Church, PO Box 546, Purcellville, VA 20134-0546.