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Feeney-Hornak Keystone Mortuary

2126 East 71st Street, Indianapolis, IN

OBITUARY

William T. Brady

September 30, 1931June 13, 2020
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William Thomas Brady, age 88, entered eternal life on June 13, 2020.

He was the devoted husband of Mary Jane Brady for 58 years. Brother to Maryaline, Helen, Ann, and Francis, Bill is survived by his wife and children: William (Jennifer), Ellen Farrell (Mike), Maureen Chernoff, John (Meg), and Robert (Jen). He was blessed with 16 grandchildren, and one great grandchild. They all loved their beloved “Pipi”.

A devoted husband, father, and a friend to many, Bill always had a warm hand, gracious smile, and never met a stranger. He was born September, 30, 1931 in Indianapolis. A proud son of Irish immigrants, the late Frank and Ella (née Connolly) Brady of Counties Donegal and Galway, he accompanied his family to meet relatives on the Emerald Isle more than 30 times.

A life-long resident of Indianapolis, Bill proudly identified with his East Side roots. He attended St. Philip Neri Grade School and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1949. Bill served his country honorably in the Air Force during the Korean War. He graduated from Marian College in 1960, where he excelled academically and in extra-curriculars. He played on the varsity baseball team, served as Senior Class President, and was named Most Outstanding Senior.

Bill had significant professional accomplishments. He held management positions at Western Electric and Bio-Dynamics, the precursor company of what is today Roche Diagnostics in Indianapolis. At Bio, Bill was Sr Vice President of Development in charge of international manufacturing operations. He finished his career as a consultant on various start-ups.

Bill generously gave his time and resources to various philanthropic causes. He served on the Boards of: Care for Kids Foundation, Providence Cristo Rey High School, Cathedral High School, and Marian College. He was a member of Ancient Order of Hibernians. A devout Catholic, Bill enthusiastically lived his faith through service to others. One of his proudest moments was when the Indianapolis Athletic Club named him Irishman of the Year and the Grand Marshall of the 1995 St. Patrick’s Day Parade, an honor that recognized his contributions to the community.

Bill’s greatest joy in life was spending time with his family. He attended thousands of his children and grandchildren’s games and performances, seizing every opportunity to cheer on his family. Everyone at the courts, fields, concert halls, and theatres knew Pipi—he was loved by all.

Bill’s family would like to thank the numerous caregivers who tended to him with compassion and love. Services will be held on Wednesday, June 17th at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 7200 Sarto Dr, Indianapolis 46260. There will be a showing at 9:30 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:00 a.m. A live streaming of the service will be available on the parish’s website.

In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Cathedral High School or Marian University School of Nursing.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.feeneyhornakkeystone.com for the Brady family.

Services

  • Visitation

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

  • Mass of Christian Burial

    Wednesday, June 17, 2020

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Melinda Bundy

June 17, 2020

I remember when Mr. Brady was in charge of bingo at Cathedral. We probably could not have remained open if it weren't for the money generated by this weekly activity. After seeing him around school every week supervising bingo, I got to know Mr. and Mrs. Brady when I had the opportunity to teach his children. He was always so sweet and, as others have commented, had that smile on his face. I feel so privileged to have known this wonderful man and his family.

Blessings,
Melinda Bundy

Mark Murray

June 17, 2020

Dear Mary Jane and family,

Please accept my sincere condolences to you all at this very sad time on the passing of William Thomas. Especially so soon after the passing of his dear brother Francis. RIP.

I have to say when you all came to visit our home in Dublin in the 1980's myself and my brothers were so excited to have our cousins visit from America. It was a huge buzz!

When I then came to visit with my parents, Peter William and Wendy along with my uncle Paddy and cousin Una in 2004, we had a wonderful time visiting everyone and every corner of Indianapolis. William Thomas was the best tour guide ever!

Our prayers and thoughts are with you all and for the fondest of memories of dear William Thomas.

All our love.

Mark Murray and family, West Cork, Ireland.

Patrick Murphy

June 16, 2020

To all the Brady family, especially Mrs. Brady. I, as well as all The Murphy’s, are truly sorry for the loss of Mr. Brady. It’s nearly impossible to say more about a honorable, thoughtful, proud man as Mr. Brady. His example of how to live life could be followed by us all near or far. More than a great man, he infectiously taught others to be great too. God watch over him, and Rest In Peace Mr. Brady.

Patrick, Carolina & Maxwell Murphy

John Kenagy

June 15, 2020

It was a joy getting to know and conversing with Bill at occasional family get-togethers. His sense of humor was always honest and refreshing, as well as candid ! (Spontaneous !) I was always heartened by his frequent and kind words with respect to my daughter (Jennifer) with whom he loved very much !
Rest in peace Bill.... Love ya Man!

Mary Donelon

June 15, 2020

Sincere sympathy to the Brady family. I offer my thoughts and prayers to you during this time. We always enjoyed when William Thomas visited Ireland.

Mary (Dunleavy) Donelon

Nick Melloh

June 14, 2020

Many funny memories of Mr. Brady. He sure had a special way of making people laugh. He laughed at his own jokes mid sentence..... it didn’t matter if the joke was funny or not because his laugh was sure to make everyone around him laugh! RIP Mr. Brady. Blessings to all his family.

Marian & Damian Moloney (Connolly)

June 14, 2020

To Mary Jane, Bill jnr. Margaret, Ellen, John, Bobby and grandchildren.

Our deepest sympathy on the death of William Thomas R. I. P.
He was always so kind to us when he visited Ireland, a true gentleman. He is now at peace with his brother Frank in heaven who passed away recently. God Bless them and all and the Brady and Connolly families.
Will be in touch.

xx Marian, Damian.

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