Lewis J. Brady

April 11, 1918July 28, 2013

The story behind the photo: Twins Lewis and Leo Brady served as altar boys for Father Bartholomew Quirk during the Second Mass at the newly constructed Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on West Bayard Street. Another set of twins served the First Mass at the new church, the Baldassari Brothers - Victor and Arthur.

Lewis John Brady aged 95 - Hamilton Street Penn Yan passed away Sunday July 28th 2013 at the Veteran Administration’s Community Living Center in Bath, New York after a brief stay in their Hospice Unit. Lewie was a well-known customer serviceman in charge of the Natural Gas Department for New York State Electric and Gas in Penn Yan from 1960 until his retirement in 1981. He worked out of their Geneva Service Center prior to that and ended his career with a total of 35-years’ service with the company. He was a former member of the Geneva Volunteer Fire Department’s Ladder Company for over ten years before moving to Penn Yan. He served many years as the company’s Vice President. He was a longtime member of the Geneva and Penn Yan American Legion and VFW Post. He was past President (2-years) for the Penn Yan Little League during the 1960’s. Lewie was pre-deceased by Brothers James, Eugene (Ester), Daniel, Edward (Virginia), Thomas (Bea), Leo (Phyllis), Sisters Mary (Jack) Flaherty, Anna (Don) Alderman, Peg (Joe) Regan and Helen (Cyril) Barker and infant great grandson Quillan Brady. He is survived by his wife of 63-years Mary Monica (O’Connor) Brady, six children Maureen (Seattle, WA), Margaret (West Bloomfield, MI), Gerald (Milton, VT), Leo (Ann) (Lockport, NY), Tom (Waterloo, NY) and Mary (Joe) Meyer (Wayland, NY). He is also survived by grandchildren Christine Armstrong (Seattle, WA), Rachel and Joey Meyer (Wayland, NY), Monica and Connor Brady Barnard (West Bloomfield MI), Nicole, Maureen and Meghan Brady (Milton VT), Nathan Brady (Lockport, NY), Daniel, Steven and Mary Catherine Brady (Farmington, NY) and great grand-daughter Lavender Rose Brady (West Bloomfield MI).

Per his request there will be no prior calling hours. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michaels Church, Liberty Street Penn Yan at 10am Wednesday. Grave side burial will take place immediately following at his parents family plots in St. Columbkille Cemetery Bayard Street in Seneca Falls with military honor guard. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael's School, 214 Keuka St., Penn Yan, NY 14527 or Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, NY 14527. Lew’s father Owen Patrick Brady purchased nine plots prior to his death in 1941. They are located on an area sloping towards the creek separating the cemetery from the family’s homestead of over one-hundred years at 28 Adams Street and Jay Street. Lewie’s twin brother Leo Anthony would later go on to take over the family homestead with his bride Phyllis Potter Brady. They would raise five children of their own there. Leo passed away in 1976. His widow Phyllis Potter Brady (later McDuffie) would go on to live in the home until her death in 2012. Phyllis’ passing marked a sad end to an era in Seneca Falls History and the Brady Family's Homestead association with it. The home had been inhabited by Brady’s since being built in the mid-late 1800’s. Identical Twins Lewis John and Leo Anthony Brady were born on April 11, 1918 in the family parlor. It was the last year of World War One. They were the youngest of eleven children born to 46-year old Mary Cecelia (McGuane) Brady and a very surprised 55-year old Owen Patrick Brady. Owen was working out of state at the time, doing blacksmith work for the government’s war effort through a company in West Virginia. He was informed that he had to return home due to the twin’s birth. He had no idea that his wife was ‘expecting’ because those things simply weren’t always shared in those days. The twins served as altar boys for Father Bartholomew Quirk during the Second Mass at the newly constructed Saint Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church on West Bayard Street. Another set of twins served the First Mass at the new church, the Baldassari Brothers - Victor and Arthur

S/Sgt. Brady was a World War II Combat Veteran serving with the 28th Infantry Division, 112th Infantry Regiment, Third Battalion, “I” Company. The 28th was known as The Keystone Division having been part of the Pennsylvania National Guard which was activated into Active Duty in 1941 in preparation for the United States involvement into WWII. The Germans later nicknamed them “The Bloody Bucket Division” because of their red keystone shaped shoulder patch insignia. He was a Platoon Guide for his outfit. He was wounded in action on August 11th, 1944 near St. Lo France 18-days after coming ashore at Normandy Beach (D-Day+ 46 days). The twelve man platoon was ambushed as they advanced across an open field from one hedge row to another. The German Operated Machine Gun Nest was reported to have been cleared by a flanking platoon earlier that day. The report was wrong. He was the sole survivor of the attack having sustained a gun-shot wound to the forearm. He was awarded the Silver Star for Bravery for action performed prior to the August 11th attack. He also received the Purple Heart and The Bronze Star as well as many lesser commendations.


  • Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, July 31, 2013

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Joe + Kathy Rossner

August 30, 2013

Dear Monica, Ger, Maureen, Mary + Tom. Joe and I just heard of Lew's passing and are so very sorry for your loss. We have fond and funny memories of visits to your home and the local pub during our fishing years. We cherish those memories! Our thoughts are with you all and we wish you well. Love from Vermont!

August 8, 2013

My family and I are sorry for your loss. May you find comfort from the creator and know death is not his will. james1:13.

August 3, 2013

Dear Monica and family, When you purchased your home at 68 Genesse St. in Geneva in 1950, there there 4 women living in the upstairs apartment. We became fast friends and although our next jobs scattered us around, we get together at least once, sometimes twice a year for lunch and lots of news and reminising. Since I live in Waterloo, I notified them of Lew's death. Phil Tucci Corsi, of Cortland was very pleased that I had notified her. We remember the birth of Maureen,a beautiful baby, so I think the other four are equally goodlooking. One year I hosted lunch at my home and you and Lew joined us. I cannot remember the year, but we had to contact you to express our sympathies. Ann McCullough Cook

August 2, 2013

To our most dear Maureen, and her family:
I know we have not met your dad, but feel as if you are a part of of our own family, here in Syracuse, and that your dad would be an extended member. I am so sad for the loss of your dad, but I know your mom will take strength from you and your sisters and brothers. If there is anything you need while here in NY, please let us know. Our light and love to you......
Sheree, Mike, Jamie, Brian and Sean Burke

August 1, 2013

Dear Aunt Monica, Brady Cousins and Family,

I am so glad I had a chance to see Uncle Lew at Aunt Phyllis's 90th party. It had been some years since I had seen him and Aunt Monica. Years ago they would visit the Flaherty's on Owasco Lake, Auburn, NY and we all had a great time. You were so fortunate to have him for so long. He had a great life.I know you will cherish the memories. You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Love and prayers,
Ginny Flaherty Lisano
(Jack and Irene Flaherty's oldest)

July 31, 2013

Our sympathies are with you at such a difficult time. The obituary was written beautifully and it only emphasized what a wonderful man he was.
Donn and Sharon (Hopf) Frarey
(Penn Yan, NY)

Marlene & Bob Importico

July 30, 2013

We are thinking of you all at this difficult time.
What a beautiful obituary, he was quite the multi-faceted man.
Love to you all.

Tim & Joy Freeland

July 29, 2013

Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers, and we offer our deepest sympathies.