John E. â€œJackâ€ Brady of Yardley, PA passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24th, 2013 at Arden Courts. He was 88 years old. Jack was born January 28th, 1925 to William and Matilda Brady of Philadelphia. He had one older brother, Bill, who is deceased. Jack grew up in Philadelphia and later lived in Washington, DC, Levittown and Yardley, PA. After proudly serving his country in World War II, he graduated from LaSalle College, and also received his law degree from Catholic University. He taught in the Neshaminy School District, where he also served in Administration for 20 years.
Jack was a role model for his children and so many that he touched. He was an amazingly kind, generous and compassionate man who constantly sought out ways to help others. He loved sports and enjoyed playing tennis. He piloted a landing craft during the Normandy D-day Invasion and made repeated landings on Omaha Beach under heavy fire. Afterwards, he was sent to the Pacific where his ship, the USS Henrico was hit by a Japanese kamikaze carrying two 500 pound bombs. The captain and most of the crew were killed instantly â€“ but Jack managed to survive. He eventually reached the rank of Commander in the United States Navy. He was also a strong boxer and fought 50 matches during the war. But yet he was a strong believer in peace and justice. He finally realized his dream to open a law practice in his 50â€™s and was particularly dedicated to the poor and defenseless.
He will be dearly missed, and is survived by his wife, Kathleen (Tighe) Brady. They were married for 61 wonderful years. He is also dearly loved by his two sons and his daughter, Dr. John Brady and his wife, Anne of Allentown, PA; Eileen (Brady) Grebe and her husband, Michael of Ponte Vedra Beach, FL and Kevin Brady and his wife, Barbara of Coatesville, PA , as well as his brother-in-law, James Tighe and his wife, Linda of Philadelphia, PA. He was blessed with seven grandchildren, Allison Fritchman, Lindsey Brady, Erin Grebe, Kevin Grebe, Brigid Brady, Fiona Brady and Declan Brady. He also has three beautiful great-grandchildren, Katelynn Nily, and Colin and Emmit Fritchman. The family would like to thank all Jackâ€™s caretakers at Arden Courts for their kindness to our family and loving care for our Jack. The Heartland Hospice Team for their care and kindness was especially helpful in these last months.
Jackâ€™s life will be celebrated by a Mass of Christian Burial at St. John the Evangelist Church, Big Oak & Makefield Rds., Morrisville, PA 19067 on Friday, May 3rd at 1:00 P.M. Burial will immediately follow the Mass at Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Highland Road, Newtown, PA. Friends are asked to direct questions to James O. Bradley Funeral Home Inc. in Penndel, PA. The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions in Jackâ€™s memory be sent to Alzheimerâ€™s Association, 399 Market Street, Suite 102, Philadelphia, PA 19106-2117.