OBITUARY

Donald "Don" James Brady

February 18, 1933June 18, 2021
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Donald “Don” James Brady died peacefully in his Greensboro home surrounded by his family on Friday, June 18, 2021. He was 88 years old.

The funeral mass will be held at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on Friday, July 2, 2021, at 10:00 AM.

Don was born in Niagara Falls, New York on February 18, 1933, to Joseph Montgomery Brady and Betty Jane (McGowan) Brady. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1951 and attended the University of Rochester (U of R) on a football scholarship. He graduated in 1955 with a BS in mechanical engineering. After serving in the U.S. Army, he worked as a mechanical engineer for Ingersoll-Rand in Manhattan. Don married the love of his life, Mary Gay (Halbleib) Brady, on July 5, 1958.

Mr. Brady and his wife, Mary Gay, moved to Greensboro in 1962 to found their franchise, Brady Trane. With the support of his associates, whom Mary Gay and Don loved greatly, the company is celebrating over 59 years in business. BRADY, Inc. remains headquartered in Greensboro, NC, and now employs over 450 associates.

Don held many community leadership roles, served on numerous boards, and started community action-based organizations that are the fabric of Greensboro today. Don was a strong supporter of many charities and non-profits, including JDRF, Habitat for Humanity, Sanctuary House, the ALS Association, the Boy Scouts of America, and ASHRAE. He was incredibly dedicated to the pursuit of education and was a strong supporter of local schools and organizations that promoted its accessibility. He supported education initiatives at universities such as U of R, Ohio Wesleyan, A&T, UNCG, and GTCC.

Don’s favorite moments in life were those he could spend surrounded by his family and friends. Summers spent in Topsail and winters in Blowing Rock are amongst some of the most cherished memories shared by his grandchildren, where they would often participate in “cousin’s camps” facilitated by Mary Gay and Don. “Grandpa Don” deeply valued the new perspectives gained from travel where he never failed to make new friends along the way. While at home, his children and grandchildren would often find him reading new books, watching the horse races, or playing golf with his friends.

Don is survived by his wife, Mary Gay Brady, his five children, Ann Leigh & Billy Flynt, Louise & Jim Brady, Mary Kate & Danny Farley, Joe Brady, and Amy Brady & Mike Baxter; two nieces, Anne and Meg Brady; fourteen grandchildren; one great-grandchild; two great-nieces and two great-nephews; and all of those who he considered his family. He was preceded in death by his parents, Joseph and Betty Brady, and his brother, Rich Brady.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to Sanctuary House, 518 N. Elm St., Greensboro, NC 27401; JDRF, 216 W. Market St, Suite B, Greensboro, NC 27401; or Bishop McGuinness, 1725 NC-66, Kernersville, NC 27284.

Online condolences may be sent to www.haneslineberryfuneralhomes.com.

Services

  • A Mass of Christian Burial

    Friday, July 2, 2021

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Jim Morgan

July 12, 2021

Don, thank you for your friendship over the years and everything you did for our community.
Jim Morgan

Marcelo Diodati

July 2, 2021

To Mary Gay and the entire family, my most sincere wishes that you find peace in your hearts during this difficult time. From the time we spent together when I was little to our unforgettable adventures in Argentina, I have the most fond memories of our experiences. Don was a mentor to so many, a constant bridge to connect people for good and an example of what a loving human being should look like. Besides his natural inclination to be that way, I am sure that the support and love of his family was a large part in allowing him to achieve all that he did. My love to you all.

Fred Berry

July 2, 2021

What a great man!
And what a great family he leaves behind.
When you talked with Don, you knew you were talking to someone special.

Prayers for him and all the Brady family.

Fred Berry


Mark Brumback

July 2, 2021

Dear Jim and Family,
I'm so sorry for the loss of your Dad. Don to me was larger than life and was always happy to see the "boys" whenever we had a chance to get together.
I'm so sorry I can't be there today to celebrate his life and to see everyone. I've been thinking about you all and I know that his legacy lives on through his amazing family.
Take care.,
Mark and Donna Brumback

Jim Mertz

July 1, 2021

my condolences to Don's family and Brady Trane family. Don was a terrific leader and gentleman. I know Lou Boland was glad to see him on the other side. Brady & Boland Trane were terrific companies because of their leadership and dedication. Peace be with you all during this time.

Kevin Bollom

July 1, 2021

To the whole Brady Family,

We are so sorry to hear about the passing of Don and want to pass along our thoughts and prayers to your family. Don was a great leader and reflected such positive energy in everything he did. He impacted so many lives and provides a legacy for all of us to follow.

All our best, Jennifer and Kevin Bollom

Roger Friedlander

July 1, 2021

Sorry for your loss of your beloved Donald, a very close friend as we spent many memorable times in our fraternity.
Respectfully,
Roger Friedlander

Paige Caviness

July 1, 2021

Our deepest sympathies go out to the Brady family, your in our prayers.

Paige & Jennifer Caviness

Marc Smith

June 30, 2021

So sorry for your loss. I was a Summer Marketing Intern with Brady Trane in the mid 1980's - hired by Wayne Hutchens and Don. You could really tell he cared about young people and helping them grow and develop. I enjoyed my summer there and very thankful for the experience of working with Don.

Lee Edwards

June 30, 2021

Don was a classmate and fraternity brother and we had a warm friendship. I’ve known Mary Gay since High School.
Don had a friendly, forward , and positive personality that rubbed off on those who met him. Although he and I are the same age, his passing came as a complete shock …..he seemed so healthy.
My condolences to Mary Gay and his grieving family.
Respectfully: Lee Edwards

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