Oakey's

Bom-Wrapper

Paul Bridge

Paul Bridge

October 22nd, 1927 - June 5th, 2021
Recommend this to your friends.
Share via:

Sign in to the Family Interactive Login

The Family Interactive feature enhances An Amazing Life. Authorized family members can securely access their loved one's memorial website settings at any time.

Share Book of Memories with a Friend

Please enter the name and email details so that we can send your friend a link to the online tribute. No names or addresses will be collected by using this service.

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

To share your memory on the wall of Paul Bridge, sign in using one of the following options:

Sign in with Facebook

OR

Sign in with your email address

Your condolence has been posted successfully

Provide comfort for the family by sending flowers or planting a tree in memory of Paul Bridge

No Thanks

Contact Funeral Home

Please enter your question or comment below:

Email Sent

Your email has been sent.

Paul's Tribute Fund


  •  Full Name
  •  Initials
  •  Anonymous
By continuing, you agree with the terms and privacy policy.

Paul's Tribute Fund

There may be a delay while processing. Please do not click the back button or refresh while a payment is processing.

Obituary

Paul Nicholson Bridge, 93, of Roanoke, passed away on Saturday, June 5, 2021. Paul was preceded in death by his parents, Samuel Hass Bridge and Jane Catherine McDonough Bridge, and by three brothers, John, William, and Charles.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Frances Sumner Bridge, his three daughters: Catherine Bridge Akers (Kevin), Lucy Bridge Shelley (Barry), and Amy Bridge, as well as three grandchildren: Andrew Akers, Lauren Shelley Tolley (Matt), and Christopher Shelley.

Born in Beckley, West Virginia, Paul enlisted in the Army at age 17 to serve during World War II. Following his military service, he graduated from Mt. St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. After a short-lived career as a journalist, Paul entered the Medical College of Virginia, earning a master’s degree in the first graduating class of hospital administration in 1955.

Paul began his career in hospital administration at Roanoke Memorial Hospital. He also served as hospital administrator for Halifax Community Hospital and Danville Memorial Hospital, before returning to Roanoke Memorial in 1968 where he remained until his retirement as Executive Vice President of Carilion Health System in 1990.

Paul loved Roanoke Memorial and its employees, and he was proud of his role in the growth of the hospital system that would become Carilion. During his tenure, Paul oversaw several programs, including mentoring the hospital administration residents and leading the legal team. His achievements include the establishment of the chaplaincy program, launching the Life-Guard helicopter service, overseeing the creation of the first cancer center for southwestern Virginia, and leadership of the merger of Roanoke Memorial and Community Hospital.

During his career, Paul served on the boards of the Medical Society of Virginia, the Virginia Hospital Association, and Blue Cross/Blue Shield. His community service included board roles at St. Andrew's Catholic Church and the Clean Valley Council, and membership in the Ancient Order of Hibernians. In his spare time, Paul loved to read, play golf, and travel with Frances. He was known by all for his easy-going manner and tremendous sense of humor.

A funeral mass will be held at 12 noon on Tuesday, June 15 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church, 631 North Jefferson Street, Roanoke, Virginia. Family will receive guests at Oakey's Roanoke Chapel, 318 Church Avenue SW, on Monday, June 14, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., and in the St. Andrew’s chapel from 11 a.m. to 12 noon on Tuesday.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a gift to the St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Historical Preservation Fund, or to the Paul N. Bridge Endowment Fund at Carilion Clinic Foundation, 903 S. Jefferson Street, Roanoke, VA 24016.

The family would like to express our deepest gratitude to the staff of the Virginia Veterans Care Center and to Lindsay Valentine for their loving care of Paul during his final years.
Read Less

To plant a memorial tree in honor of Paul Bridge, please visit our Heartfelt Sympathies Store.

Sign Up for Notifications

Receive notifications about information and event scheduling for Paul

Service Details

  • Visitation

    June 14th, 2021 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    When
    June 14th, 2021 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Location
    Oakey's Roanoke Chapel
    Address
    318 W. Church Ave SW
    Roanoke, VA 24016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    June 15th, 2021 | 11:00am - 12:00pm
    When
    June 15th, 2021 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Andrews Catholic Church
    Address
    631 North Jefferson Street
    Roanoke, Virginia 24016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Notes
  • Service

    June 15th, 2021 | 12:00pm
    When
    June 15th, 2021 12:00pm
    Location
    St. Andrews Catholic Church
    Address
    631 North Jefferson Street
    Roanoke, Virginia 24016
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Kevin Segerblom
    Co-Celebrant
    Fr. Tom Miller

Condolences

We encourage you to share your most beloved memories of Paul here, so that the family and other loved ones can always see it. You can upload cherished photographs, or share your favorite stories, and can even comment on those shared by others.

No video recorded.

Private Condolence
Plant a Tree in Memory of Paul
Loading...

Photos & Videos

Photo Album

Upload up to 10 images at a time, max 8MB each
Share by: