Immanuel Raymond Charles Bradshaw made his first cameo appearance with his grandparents back in February 2020.
That’s when Alisha Bradshaw and her husband, Raymond Bradshaw Jr., shared ultrasound images with both sides of their family during an in-person baby reveal. “This gathering was before the shutdown and the recommendations to remain 6 feet apart and to wear a mask. This was before our world, this world, got rocked to its very foundation and core by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Alisha says.
Both future granddads were present and pleased, but especially her father-in-law, Raymond Sr. After his first grandson was born, Raymond Sr.’s children had given birth to a steady string of granddaughters. This newest grandchild would be his first grandson in 15 years.
“That was even more exciting for him because he said ‘I have someone to carry on my name,’ ” Alisha recalls. “This was right before the pandemic. He was able to see the ultrasound and just celebrate with us. Sadly, that was the last time we were able to celebrate with him.”
Raymond Bradshaw Sr. is among the 285,000Americans to die during the spiraling COVID-19 pandemic. He passed April 8, 2020 from this unrelenting disease.