ANSONIA – Deacon John F. (Jack) Brady Jr., 85, of Ansonia, died on Sept. 22, 2014, at home. He was the husband of Arline German Brady for 62 years.
He was born on May 4, 1929, in Derby, the son of the late John F. Brady Sr. and Helen O’Keefe Brady. He was a 1947 graduate of the Derby High School and the 1984 licensed practical nurse program at Eli Whitney Regional Vocational High School.
He was ordained to the permanent diaconate by Archbishop John F. Whealon on June 19, 1981, and served at the Church of the Assumption for 30 years. He also was a Navy veteran who served with the Atlantic fleet during the Korean conflict. He was the proprietor of Brady’s Market in Ansonia for 30 years until changing careers to work as a psychiatric nurse at the VA Connecticut Healthcare System in West Haven.
A member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, he was also a past captain and 50-year member of the Webster Hose Co.; past grand knight and 66-year member of the Knights of Columbus Council 23; a member of the Ancient Order of Hibernians; a member of the board of directors of Catholic Charities; and a past president of the Lions Club of Ansonia. He served as a member of the Katherine Matthies Foundation Advisory Board, Derby Historical Society Advisory Board, Board of Directors of Area Congregations Together (ACT) and ACT’s Spooner House Shelter for the homeless.
A member of the board of directors of the Birmingham Group Health Services Inc., he was involved in the domestic violence program “Umbrella” and instrumental in its Holiday Under the Trees and Back-To-School programs and was honored in 2010 with the Birmingham Group’s Good Neighbor award in 2010. In 2002, he received the Gold Seal Award from the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. Also a member of the Valley NAACP, he was recognized for Outstanding Religious Service in the Valley.
He was predeceased by his sister, Helen I. Brady. Besides his wife, he is survived by daughters Maureen (Chris) Moran of Chicago and Ellen Witek of Brewster, Mass.; sons John of Richardson, Texas; Jim of Methuen, Mass.; Tom of Woodbury; and George of Hillsborough, N.C.; and 13 grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on Sept. 27 at the Church of the Assumption. Burial followed in Mount St. Peter Cemetery in Derby. Donations may be made to Assumption School or Church in care of the Bennett Funeral Home, 91 N. Cliff St., Ansonia, CT 06401.