OBITUARY

Kevin John Brady

October 8, 1947November 16, 2018

The family is saddened to announce that Kevin John Brady passed away on November 16, 2018 after a brave battle with thyroid cancer. He was surrounded by his family and friends.

Kevin centered his life around what truly mattered to him; his family and his friends. He attacked each passion with zest: running, cooking, biking, Sumi-e painting, Tai Chi, the list goes on.

Kevin John Brady was born on October 8, 1947 to John and Josephine (Mata) Brady in Jersey City, NJ. He attended Saint Peter’s Preparatory School where he studied the classics, before graduating to higher education.

Kevin spent four years at Boston College where he made lifelong friends and lettered in varsity track. He graduated magna cum laude with an English degree. He went on to Tufts University for his master’s degree and Ph.D. in eighteenth-century French theatre.

Upon receiving his Ph.D., Kevin decided to take his love of teaching abroad when he joined the Peace Corps. He spent two years in Ghana as a sports organizer, track coach, and English teacher. While there, he discovered peanut soup and formed a lifelong distaste for the Beach Boys Christmas album.

When he returned to the United States, Kevin moved to Virginia and taught writing and literature classes at American University, George Mason University, and Marymount University. He was also the theatre director for Marymount University. While directing “Blithe Spirit” he met Teresa Dreyfus in 1985.

Kevin and Teresa were married on May 23, 1987 at Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. One year later, on May 30, 1988, they welcomed their first child, Daniel John into the world. Four years later on March 28, their daughter Bridget Blythe joined the family. The four Bradys enjoyed countless adventures together, especially the well-remembered “death marches” around the world, including France and Cape May, NJ. Kevin and Teresa completed the ultimate march: hiking up Mount Fuji in Japan to meet the sunrise in 2015. Kevin also coached his children’s t-ball, basketball, and soccer teams. They enjoyed lots of good food and great laughs along the way.

Kevin transitioned his career to computer science where he remained until he marched forth into retirement on March 4, 2012. After retirement, however, he combined his love of teaching with his passion for cooking. He became a member of the United States Personal Chef Association and started his personal chef business: Chef du Jour. He also began teaching cooking classes for adults though Adult Continuing Education (ACE) and young adults through the Jewish Community Center. He loved to share his enthusiasm of food and cooking with all his students.

Kevin enjoyed his retirement to the utmost, writing daily Haiku, playing in the Ponce de Leon Baseball league (geezer baseball), biking, hiking, and cooking every day. Even more he enjoyed spending time with his beloved wife, Teresa, and watching his children grow up. He never stopped bragging about what they were up to on Long Island, in Chicago, New Jersey, Belgium or wherever the wind took them.

In addition to the USPCA, Kevin was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and Sons of Italy.

Kevin is survived by his wife, Teresa, his children; Daniel and Blythe, and daughter-in-law, Tracy.

The family would like to thank all of Kevin’s friends who were with him throughout life and to the end, and to assure all of them that March 4th celebrations will continue as scheduled.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Kevin’s name to:

Services

  • Mass of Christian Burial Monday, November 26, 2018
REMEMBERING

Kevin John Brady

have a memory or condolence to add?

ADD A MEMORY
John Pietras

March 5, 2019

One March 4th during our BC years I answered a knock at my dorm door. I found Kevin Brady and Kevin Sullivan, friends from the track team. "What day is it?", they asked. After a little thought I said "March 4th." They proceeded to march, Marx Brothers style, across all the furniture in the room and out the door without another word. I have remembered that day every single March 4th since, and it always brings a chuckle. I am very sorry to hear of Kevin's passing. It seems he lived a wonderful life.

Sally Hirsh

December 6, 2018

A small note: Kevin was in Ghana before he began his doctoral studies 1974, when I met him at Tufts. The pizza slice had already been delivered!
I learned of Kevin's illness and death on the afternoon of November 26th. I am so sorry to have missed the funeral. It would have been nice to have said goodbye with all of his friends.
RIP Bodo; I love you always.

Maureen Earner

November 26, 2018

I wanted to express my deepest sympathy to you - Teresa, Blythe, Daniel, and Tracy. When Dorothy told us in September that Kevin was diagnosed with thyroid cancer I was so saddened by the news. Our Dorothy and Blythe have been friends since preschool at Saint John’s and your lovely family has always been very, very dear to her. Your husband coached my daughters Dorothy and Molly many seasons of basketball for which they will always fondly and gratefully remember. Dorothy told me that Mr. Brady was always so nice to her over the years - so warm hearted and kind.
Kevin’s life was so accomplished, truly well lived, amazing and good. My family has been blessed to have known him. Please know that we have Kevin and all the Brady’s in our prayers.

Jean Gurman

November 26, 2018

I met Chef Brady in a cooking class he taught for the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia for 8 to 10 of our young adults/adults with disabilities . I was a helper in one of his classes and had time to watch and observe his wonderful patience with the students, how he communicated his love of cooking/baking and most of all his ability to create a fun learning experience while teaching cooking skills that built confidence in each student. We all enjoyed working with Chef Brady and will really miss him. Please accept our condolences to his family and friends.

Melissa Gurman

November 26, 2018

I will never forget the day I met Kevin Brady.

I loved learning to cook from him and getting to know him.

Rip Chef Kevin Brady YOU WILL BE FOREVER MISSED

Victor Haburchak

November 26, 2018

My sincere condolences to you, Teresa, Blythe, Daniel, and Tracy. I was surprised and saddened to learn of Kevin's untimely passing. May this truly good man rest in peace. I'm remembering happy times spent with Kevin and your family, including a holiday party or two, church events, and conviviality with the Sons and Daughters of Italy. May God bless Kevin and all of you!

Julie Atkins

November 25, 2018

Dear Teresa,

How sorry I was to hear about the death of your dear Kevin. It has been many years since I have seen you both, but Kevin's obituary showed that those were very special happy years for both of you and for your family. You are all in my prayers.


Colette Sciscilo

November 23, 2018

Dear Teresa, Daniel, Blythe and Tracy,
The Officers, Council Members, and members of the Italian Heritage Lodge, Order Sons and Daughters of Italy in America extend our deepest sympathy to you, your family and friends on Kevin's passing into eternal life. In your sadness and sorrow, please know that each of us will remember Kevin with much fondness. His tremendous life and spirit will continue with you in your hearts and precious memories always. Rest in God's peace, Kevin.
Con affetto,
Coletta Sciscilo
la Presidentessa

Joe La Marca

November 22, 2018

Kevin was a hard-working officer in our Sons and Daughters of Italy Fairfax lodge, as well as an active participant in many lodge activities with Teresa. We will miss Kevin’s dedication at the lodge, but will miss him more as our friend.

Diane Hanson

November 21, 2018

I was very sadden to hear today of my cousin Kevin's passing. Kevin was a very special kind man. He enjoyed life and lived it to the fullest. He enjoyed helping other from his time in the peace corps to teaching cooking at the Jewish Community Center. We enjoyed talking about our Irish heritage and cooking. We often laughed about our childhood together and family times. I will miss our annual holiday phone calls to catch up.
My deepest sympathy to his loving wife Theresa and son David and his wife Tracy and his daughter Blythe.
RIP Kevin

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY

In tribute to Kevin Brady's life, passions and accomplishments.