GloucesterTimes.com, Gloucester, MA

February 8, 2013

Janet Bradford (Bowes) Day


Gloucester — Janey Bradford (Bowes) Day, passed away January 30, 2013 at age 82. Janet was born in Boston on January 31, 1930. She attended schools in Gloucester and Cambridge, graduating from Cambridge Academy in 1949.

She married her husband, Robert M. Day, on October 28, 1951 at First Baptist Church in Gloucester. They had no children. Janet worked in banking in Boston and Washington D.C. In her last job, she served as Chief of Protocol for Pan American Airways at Dulles International Airport. She hosted politicians such as Jack Kemp and Margaret Heckler, entertainers like Dionne Warwick and actors and actresses like her favorite actor, Burt Lancaster. Janet also served as a Navy Arlington Lady. In that capacity, she represented the Chief of Naval Operations at the funerals of Navy and Marine Corps veterans who were interred at Arlington National Cemetery.

Her hobbies were needlework and sailing. At needlework shows in Virginia and Maryland in the 1980's and 1990's, she won more than 90 ribbons for her work. For several years, she taught needlework to a coterie of ladies, who went on to win ribbons for their work. Janet loved sailing. She had three sail boats ranging from 26 to 40 feet. She did most of her sailing on Chesapeake Bay, out of Annapolis, Maryland. One year she won an Annapolis Yatch Club race, the first woman to do so. Janet is a direct descendant of Deborah Sampson, who assumed the role of a man and enlisted in the Revolutionary Army. Deborah was wounded in a battle with the British, discovered to be a woman and honorably discharged from the Army. Janet was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). She accompanied her husband during his assignments for the National Security Agency (NSA) in Germany, England and Omaha, Nebraska. She was preceded in death by a brother, Warren Barker; and three sisters, Frances Ricci, Evelyn Grinnell and Barbara Bennett. She is survived by her husband and nieces and nephews.

ARRANGEMENTS: A memorial service and reception will take place in Vienna, Virginia in April 2013.