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August 04, 2014
To the Brady Family: It saddens me to hear
of the passing of your beloved James. I was always amazed to see and hear his enduring courage and wit when many others might quite. Thank you for sharing him with all of us.
March 28, 2013
Jesus Christ is the reusrrection and the life.
September 27, 2010
May the God of comfort and tender mercies continue to comfort your family and friends, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."" Please accept my sincere condolences during this time of your loss.
August 30, 2010
To the family: May the comfort from family and friends continue to strengthen you, and may you find comfort in the words found in the Holy Scriptures: "And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away."
March 29, 2010
For James...


Do not weep for me when I no longer dwell among the wonders of the earth; for my larger self is free, and my soul rejoices on the other side of pain...on the other side of darkness.

Do not weep for me, for I am a ray of sunshine that touches your skin, a tropical breeze upon your face, the hush of joy within your heart and the innocence of babes in mothers arms.

I am the hope in a darkened night. And, in your hour of need, I will be there to comfort you. I will share your tears, your joys, your fears, your disappointments and your triumphs.

Do not weep for me, for I am cradled
in the arms of God. I walk with the angels, and hear the music beyond the stars.

Do not weep for me, for I am within you;
I am peace, love, I am a soft wind that caresses the flowers. I am the calm that follows a raging storm. I am an autumns leaf that floats among the garden of God, and I am pure white snow that softly falls upon your hand.

Do not weep for me, for I shall never die, as long as you remember me...
with a smile and a sigh.

© Joe Fazio
~ /Joe Fazio,
Beverly Hills, California
August 29, 2009
Just finished "Why Marines Fight." I loved it (as I have his other novels) and am saddened knowing our friend is gone; though now with his comrades in arms who went earlier. The rest of us will follow in time. We were so lucky to have been able to share some extra time with him these many years since when he might otherwise have been lost. God Bless you James, and Semper Fi.
Bill Linnehan...Former Marine
February 10, 2009
Mr. Brady,
Sir, as a fellow Marine I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for our Country when you served with the 1st Mar Div in Korea. I read the Coldest War a few years and also always enjoyed reading your articles in Parade Magazine. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

Semper Fi Devil Dog!
February 09, 2009
I have enjoyed so many of his articles and books that I feel like I have lost a personal friend. Thanks to Mr. Brady, we know what happened to many Marines, but I guess we'll never know what became of Beecher and Lady Alix. My prayers are with his family of a man who made the world a better place.
February 07, 2009
Our ranks are thinning - I'll miss Lt. Brady not being around to keep our memory alive.

Semper Fi.

William E. Farnum, Fm. SSgt USMC
February 05, 2009
Dear Brady Family:

Thank you for the privilege of being included among the scores of family, friends and famous, gathered to pay tribute to Jim on a bright, brisk Saturday morning at the simple and moving service conducted within the splendid St. Ignatius Loyola -- majestic, imposing spires standing proud astride Park Avenue in welcome.

And thank you too, for the rare honor to experience what would surely have been far better ( and more skillfully) described by Jim himself: a genuine “bold face” moment -- as all those emerging from the sanctuary and celebration of this vibrant, caring, generous Irishman and his life well lived, assembled on the theatrically angled steps, in tight formation.

To stand at attention, as a time honored military tradition was performed with exquisite precision by a Marine honor guard -- a final salute to Jim’s service to his country. The cadre of priests, Jim’s cherished brother, Monsignor Tom, front and center, forming a crescent astride the broad expanse of the avenue, to watch over the ceremony; offering a farewell blessing, as a commemorative flag-of-our-fathers was presented to the family.

Avenue traffic -- normally aggressively loud, bustling -- paused. Suspended in serene silence. Brought to a virtual halt, with equal precision, by New York’s finest – the NYPD’s men in blue. There to bear witness, with us all, to a sartorial spectacle.

The sun reached high noon zenith. Solemn rites ended.

For a moment or two, the only sound: the whip-snap of frigid, January winds stealing through the crowd, then quickly charging up concrete canyons of a great city, whose glitterati, media moguls, fashion icons, literati and multi-faceted events Jim had so artfully chronicled.

The self-same city, which, for 80 grand, glorious (and, yes, glamorous) years Jim called home.

I’ll wager that as strong and cold as those citified avenue winds were, they surely could not compare with, measure up to, the bone-numbing power of winds of resistance once faced by an oh, so youthful lieutenant Jim, bravely leading his comrades, as they gallantly charged into the scariest of places, scaling ragged Korean hills through “The Coldest War.”

But I’m convinced, in Jim’s honor, they gave it their best shot.

I offer this personal reflection, with abiding respect and admiration for a man, who, I was indeed fortunate -- in the passing Parade of creative collaboration -- to call mentor, and friend.

Lorraine (Halpert) Baker
New York, NY
(Macy*s 1977-1988; Sony Music Entertainment 1989-2003)
February 03, 2009
A former friend of mine (Joe Ryan) of "Easy co. 2-7" since deceased,told me how he would imitate James voice and fall out "Dog" company for chow when there wasn't any available.I sent James a set of 1st lieutenants bars upon reading "The Coldest War" wherein he complained about the Marine Corps having not supplied them upon his promotion. He responded with a very gracious letter. Our deepest sympathy at your and our loss. Dan Sharkey,fmr sgt USMC
February 03, 2009
To Brady family!
My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. May your memories bring you comfort. James will be greatly missed by so many.
February 02, 2009
Dear Family & Friends,
Another bright star is shining in the evening sky.
February 02, 2009
I read his contributions every Sunday for decades. I will deeply miss him.

Michael Mastagni
February 02, 2009
To the Brady Family:
My thoughts and prayers are with you. James consoled me after my father's passing by sharing what they both experienced in Korea. He was an extraordinary gentleman.

Semper Fi!
February 02, 2009
My Sunday mornings will not be the same without his concise, yet always interesting interviews. My condolences to his family.
February 02, 2009
Thanks so much for your hard work in the past years. May you be at peace from here on in your eternal life.
February 02, 2009
February 01, 2009
February 01, 2009
A pen is idle. He will be missed by america.
February 01, 2009
May the road rise to greet you
May the wind be always at your back
Until we meet again , May God ho;d you in the palm of his hand. God be with you Mr Brady. You will be missed
February 01, 2009
Mr. Brady will be a hard act to follow. He will be missed. I grew up with that column and Parade was what I always grabbed first from the Sunday paper. My condolences to his family and friends who loved him.
January 30, 2009
So sorry for your loss, I will miss him in the Parade. I always read his 'In Step With...' May God comfort this family thru this difficult time!!
A Fan
January 30, 2009
Thank you for being a part of my Sunday mornings. The Parade is the first thing that I read. You had a knack for making people feel comfortable and open up to you. you will be missed.
January 30, 2009
My condolences to the Brady family. On Sunday its the first article I read on the Parade Magazine. May your memories of Mr.Brady keep you close to each other.
January 30, 2009
To the Brady Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time.
Pamela, Richard, Emily and Cordelia Rose and the Reycraft family.
January 30, 2009

LtGen(USMC-Ret) and Mrs.
Stephen G. Olmstead
January 30, 2009
I enjoyed reading his columns on Sunday mornings, he will be greatly missed. Family, I am so sorry for your loss. May the peace of God guard your hearts and mental powers by means of Christ Jesus.(Philip. 4:6-7)
January 30, 2009
Extreme sympathy to Mr. Brady's family.

My parents loved Parade and got all of their children hooked...because of James Brady's section.

We still buy the Sunday paper because of the Parade section.

I am so so sorry for your loss. Death is hard. Prayers for the difficult days ahead.
January 29, 2009
Please accept my condolences for your loss. As many have indicated, I enjoyed reading Mr. Brady's articles in Parade. We know as we read at Ecclesiastes 3:1 "For everything there is an appointed time, even a time for every affair under the heavens." We seem to think our icons will be with us forever, and they are as part of our wonderful memories. You are in the thoughts and prayers of many.
January 29, 2009
More often than not, we take it for granted that certain people will always be there...
You will be missed James Brady!

Another Loyal Reader,
January 29, 2009
I always save the Parade Section for last (as they say "Save the BEST for last") and love to read Mr. Brady's columns about the stars. He always seemed like a friendly man who put them at ease and found out "interesting" things about each one. I'll miss him every Sunday.
January 29, 2009
I enjoyed reading Mr.Brady's articles in Parade.
January 29, 2009
You will be sadly missed. May you rest in peace.
January 29, 2009
I have been a loyal reader since you started your column in Parade Magazine. I will miss you deeply.

May you leave a rich legacy for generations to recall. The magazine will never be the same....
January 29, 2009
Godspeed, Mr. Brady. There will never be another like you.

January 29, 2009
The industry has lost a great one. I will miss you every Sunday. May you rest in peace.
January 29, 2009
Thank you and now rest in peace.
January 29, 2009
Semper Fi, Jim. Thanks for answering my note about your book about Korea.(1st) A descent guy!
FM: USMC ret.
January 29, 2009
So sad a loss.... but so good that he spent so long with us may his memories help you in this time of sorrow
January 29, 2009
Sorry for this great loss. The Parade will not be the same without Mr. Brady.I looked forward to his writing every sunday.God's blessings to the family.
January 29, 2009
Semper Fi my Marine brother. To a warrior of the forgotten war from a warrior of the Vietnam war. Rest in peace with your brothers. Thank you for your insight and wisdom while on this earth.
January 29, 2009
We wish for you that happy memories of good times are able to offer you some comfort as you celebrate his life.
January 29, 2009
My prayers are with each and everyone of the Family.

God Bless,
January 29, 2009
I will always remember Mr. Brady's sincere respect mentioned many times for his commanding officer in Korea, former US Congressman Senator John Chafee from Rhode Island in his book "The Coldest War".
January 29, 2009
The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself … any man’s death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.
January 29, 2009
You will be missed. I always looked forward to seeing the interviews every Sunday. To your family, I am sorry for your loss. Stay strong.
January 29, 2009
To my dearest family, some things I'd like to say...
but first of all, to let you know, that I arrived okay.
I'm writing this from heaven. Here I dwell with God above.
Here, there's no more tears of sadness; here is just eternal love.

Please do not be unhappy just because I'm out of sight.
Remember that I'm with you every morning, noon and night.
That day I had to leave you when my life on earth was through,
God picked me up and hugged me and He said, "I welcome you."

It's good to have you back again; you were missed while you were gone.
As for your dearest family, they'll be here later on.
I need you here badly; you're part of my plan.
There's so much that we have to do, to help our mortal man.

God gave me a list of things, that he wished for me to do.
And foremost on the list, was to watch and care for you.
And when you lie in bed at night, the day's chores put to flight.
God and I are closest to the middle of the night.

When you think of my life on earth, and all those loving years
because you are only human, they are bound to bring you tears.
But do not be afraid to cry; it does relieve the pain.
Remember there would be no flowers, unless there was some rain.

I wish that I could tell you all that God has planned.
But if I were to tell you, you wouldn't understand.
But one thing is for certain, though my life on earth is o'er.
I'm closer to you now, than I ever was before.

There are many rocky roads ahead of you and many hills to climb;
but together we can do it by taking one day at a time.
It was always my philosophy and I'd like it for you too...
that as you give unto the world, the world will give to you.

If you can help somebody who's in sorrow and pain,
then you can say to God at night......"My day was not in vain."
And now I am contented....that my life has been worthwhile,
knowing as I passed along the way, I made somebody smile.

So if you meet somebody who is sad and feeling low,
just lend a hand to pick him up, as on your way you go.
When you're walking down the street, and you've got me on your mind;
I'm walking in your footsteps only half a step behind.

And when it's time for you to go.... from that body to be free,
remember you're not're coming here to me.

Ruth Ann Mahaffey (author)
©Copyright 1998-2009

January 29, 2009
Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of merices, and the god of all comfort;
Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God.

II Corinthians 1:3,4
January 29, 2009
January 28, 2009
Oh, I'm so sorry. That's too bad. Such a bright mind still cooking along and keeping us appraised of each other in this big place. You'll be missed. Sorry for the loss of your beloved James, loved one and friend. Thank you for sharing him with us.
January 28, 2009
Please accept my deepest sympathies.
January 28, 2009
January 28, 2009
Oh, this is sad. I always enjoyed Mr. Brady's columns. My deepest sympathies to his family and friends...
January 28, 2009
January 28, 2009
January 28, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
January 28, 2009
As the days and weeks pass, and as you return to life's routine, may you continue to feel comforted by the love and support of family and friends.
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