Edward Valadez Bravo

Edward Valadez Bravo passed away peacefully at home on Saturday, March 9, 2024, after a lengthy illness.  Edward was born in Laguna Beach, California, to Jesus Bravo, Jr. and Maria V. Bravo. He attended Mission San Juan Capistrano Grammar School from first to eighth grade and was an altar server.  He went on to high school at Capistrano Valley.  Edward received a full scholarship to the University of California Irvine in Engineering.

In 1981,  Edward joined the Navy, where he was a Sonar Technician and the Public Relations liaison. He was assigned to the Frigate USS Bruton and later the USS Joseph Hughes.  He traveled around the world and made lifelong friends who stayed in touch until he passed.

Edward was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina, where he met Paula Godwin.  They married, and in 1988, they welcomed their daughter, Jessica Jade Bravo.  She was the joy of  Edward’s life.

In 1990, Edward, wanting more time with his wife and special needs child, left the Navy.  He then took a job on Mare Island, California, where he was an anti-submarine warfare laboratory instructor. In 1997, the family moved to Newport News, Virginia, where Edward worked for SAIC.  He continued to work on other government contracts, and his last assignment was with On-Point, a contractor at Langley Air Force Base. He considered A3C his family and always talked of the close relationships he developed over the years.

Edward was an avid Harley Davidson Motorcycle rider and held various positions on the Counsel for the Old Dudes Motorcycle Club, ending with the title of President.  He was passionate about the causes and the Breast Cancer Survivors they supported.  He was well-known in the MC community.

Edward met Kelly through a mutual friend in 2011 at a Superbowl party.  They soon became inseparable and were married in October 2012 at the Venetian in Las Vegas.

Edward was preceded in death by his first wife, Paula, daughter Jessica Bravo, parents Jesus and Maria Bravo, and sisters Beatrice Bravo (Donna) and Lupe Bravo.   He is survived by his wife, Kelly Lynn Bravo; sister, Maria Elena Casias (Paul); nephews Nicholas Casias (Rose) and Christian Casias; great-nephew Nathan Casias; and a four-legged baby girl, Daisy.

The family would like to thank all the doctors and medical staff who helped Edward for their dedication to his complicated medical care.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 23, at 11:00 a.m. at Peninsula Funeral Home, 11144 Warwick Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601.

Arrangements are under the care of Peninsula Funeral Home.


  1. Kelly Umphlett

    I loved him so much and was happy you were blessed enough to find each other! He took such good care of his family and was a true friend to so many! I will miss his huge heart and his ability to always make me laugh! You got this Kelly♥️ I love you and Edward! He will be missed….

  2. Johnny & Cindy Overman

    What a beautiful angel that our Father has received. Ed was a kind soul and loved family and it was always seen in life occasions and in photos. He will be missed. We ask that our heavenly Father be with the family thru this time and remind them of all the beautiful and fun times had with Ed. We will miss and until we meet again.

  3. Robin Wyatt

    Ed was a wonderful man and it was an honor to know him. He loved his girl Jess and was a wonderful father to her. And Kelly, he sure did love you. You two may not have had a large quantity of years together, but they sure were of large quality. God could not have picked a better person to take care of Ed when he needed it most. Sending you love and prayers for comfort.

  4. Cyndi Oliver Kissling

    I have had you in my mind since his last hospitalization. I am so sorry. But, as Kelly said, you got this! You are a beautiful strong woman!

  5. Donald Durnil

    Ed (we called him “Bob”, was a great Shipmate and Friend. His energy will be missed. Until we meet again brother…

  6. Michael and Sue Parrish

    It’s sad when two people live just steps apart and never get to know each other. Ed and Kelly live just a few doors down from Sue and I but, although we know Kelly a bit, we never did more than wave to Ed in passing. I’m so sorry Kelly, for not making an effort to get to know him. We can see from your myriads of Facebook posts that Ed was certainly the love of yours and Daisy’s lives. We’re certain that you both already miss him terribly. From this obituary it’s plain to see what an accomplished man you married. We send our warm love and condolences to you. I’ll leave you with this one scripture that really helps with such loss, it is Acts 24:15. It is one of several that promise that there will be a resurrection, and it will be right here on earth!

  7. Linda Gadbury

    The Gadbury family will miss you Ed! You are a unique individual and so easy to love. You are one of the best party throwers I know and I bet there’s a great one going on in heaven now!

  8. YNC(SW/AW) Veroncia R. Watson, US Navy, Retiref

    Ed will be sorely missed. I remember feeling like an Eagle riding with him on his bike with H4TG. An amazing man who loved his beautiful wife to life. I didn’t know him from the Navy but we will always be Shipmates. Fair Winds and Following Seas, we have the watch.

  9. Maria Elena

    My brother was a wonderful baby brother, and a devoted husband and father. He will be forever cherished and leaves a huge void.

  10. Donna

    God Speed on your journey Ed. All who love you and have gone before will be there to greet you and surround you with light. Give everyone a big hug from me. ♥️

  11. Elke

    My heartfelt condolences. Dear Kelly, I was deeply saddened to hear of your recent loss. Please know that I am here for you during this difficult time.

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