A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, October 27, 2017 for Deacon (Dr.) Eugene Francis Brady at St. George Catholic Church in Baton Rouge. Reverend Edward Brady will be the main celebrant and Reverend James Brady will be the main concelebrant. Rite of Committal and Burial will follow on Monday, November 6, 2017 at Holy Cross Cemetery in Yeadon, Pennsylvania.
Deacon Brady, age 90 and a resident of Baton Rouge, LA passed away peacefully on Sunday, October 22, 2017.
He was retired from Ingalls Shipyard. Deacon Brady was a graduate of the Merchant Marine Academy, Drexel University and the University of Pittsburgh, where he received his Ph.D in Engineering. While residing in the Diocese of Biloxi, Bishop Howze awarded him a medal for Outstanding Catholic Layman. When he retired to Baton Rouge, he began studies to become a Deacon and was ordained by Bishop Robert Muench in 2002. He was assigned to the Nursing Home Ministry, where he served until his second retirement in 2013.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years, Joan Cullen Brady; sons, Father Edward Brady, Diocese of Philadelphia, PA, Father James Brady, Diocese of Lafayette, LA and John Brady and his wife, Debbie of Orlando, FL; daughters, Julia Tullos of Baton Rouge, Joan Love and her husband, Scott of Baton Rouge, Helen Leist and her husband, Mike of Fredericksburg, VA and Kathy Balhoff and her husband, Dan of Baton Rouge; grandchildren, Clifford, Bob and Dave Erickson; Scott, John, Julia, Michael and Mary Love; Jim, Julianne and Joan Leist; Christopher, Jacob, Matthew and Caleb Brady; and Catherine, Joey, Caroline and Paul Balhoff; great-grandchild, Bridgette Erickson; brothers-in-law, Nelson Johnson and Connie McCrea.
He was preceded in death by his parents, James and Helen Dyer Brady; son, Eugene Brady, Jr.; brother, Jack Brady; sisters, Helen Fennen, Mary Jane Johnson and Patricia McCrea; brother-in-law, Joe Fennen and sister-in-law, Midge Brady.
Visitation will be held at St. George Catholic Church (7808 St. George Dr. Baton Rouge, Louisiana) from 11:30 until the time of Mass at 12:30 on Friday, October 27, 2017.
The family would like to extend a special thank you to Hospice of Baton Rouge and Sunrise Senior Living (Siegen) for their compassion during Deacon Brady's time of need.
Pallbearers will be David Erickson, Scott Love, James Leist, Joseph Balhoff, Paul Balhoff and Caleb Brady.
Family and friends are invited to sign and view the online guestbook at www.lafondardoin.com.
LaFond-Ardoin Funeral Home of Opelousas, 2845 South Union Street, Opelousas, LA 70570 (337-942-2638) has been entrusted with the funeral arrangements.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Padre.Ourselves and all members of Division 88 AOH/LAOH ,Philadelphia,Pa.are very sorry for your loss.
Ralph & Roseann CoolenChurchville, PA
Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Robert and Sherri Landry
Sherri LandryOpelousas, LA
Fr. Brady and the Brady family,
I am so sorry for your loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.
John HarperBaton Rouge, LA
We were very privileged to know Gene and Joan these past several years as we crossed paths in Nursing Home ministries. He will surely be missed.
I hope that the following meditation gives his family as much comfort as it did to me when one of my family passed away:
So many people imagine that death cruelly separates us from our loved ones. Even pious people are led to believe this great and sad mistake. When our loved ones die, they do not leave us. They remain. They do not go to some dark and distant place. They simply begin their eternity. We do not see them because we are still in the darkness of the world. But their spiritual eyes, filled with the light of heaven, are always watching us as they wait for the day when we shall share their perfect joy. We are all born for heaven and one by one we end this life of tears to begin our life of love in endless happiness.
I have often reflected upon this beautiful truth and found it the greatest and surest comfort in time of mourning. A firm faith in the real and continual presence of our loved ones has brought the conviction and consolation that death has not destroyed them, nor carried them away. Rather it has given them life! A life with power to know fully and to love perfectly! With this new life and new power our loved ones are always present to us, knowing and loving us more than ever before.
The tears that dampen eyes in time of mourning are tears of homesickness, tears of longing for our loved ones. But it is we who are away from home, not they. Death has been for them a doorway to an eternal home. And only because this heavenly home is invisible to our worldly eyes, we cannot see them so near us. Yet, they are with us, lovingly and tenderly waiting for the day when we, too, will enter the doorway of our eternal home.
No death is a separation. It is a preparation for eternal union with those we love, in the peace and joy of heaven.
Paul GeisslerBaton Rouge, LA
Prayers and love to you all during this difficult time.
May his memory be eternal.
Julie Cullen KaravanLinwood, NJ
Jim, I was so sorry to hear about your dad. Please know that you and your mother and all of your family are in my prayers. May God be at your side and give you strength and peace. Love, Margaret
Margaret GrangerCarencro, LA
Uncle Gene was a great man. People will remember many things, but I remember always feeling loved by him. He gave good hugs, and always made me feel special. I was blessed to have him in my life. His family will have him in their hearts forever.
Madonna McCrea DuffyPhiladelphia, PA