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Earl H. Brady

A longtime resident of Torrance passed away peacefully Friday, April 27, 2012 at the age of 82 after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. Earl was born and raised in Indianapolis, Indiana. After serving in the Korean War from 1951 to 1953, Earl vowed never again to be cold and moved to sunny California. Earl always had a passion for flying, earning his pilot's license at the age of 18. His dream of being a commercial airline pilot was squelched when he didn't meet the height requirements. The aerospace industry was in full swing at that time and Earl signed on as a machinist at Northrup Aircraft, a career which lasted 34 years. There he met his future bride, Eileen. Earl bought a house in Torrance and they were married in the front room on August 31, 1957. Earl and Eileen had two children, Joellen and Cliff. Family was important to Earl and he valued the time they spent together. Family outings ranged from Sunday bike rides at the beach to Sunday gatherings with a bucket of the "Colonels Chicken" to an adventurous road trip to the East Coast to visit family and sight-see the monuments along the way. One of Earls greatest joys was the birth of his grandson, Jeff. Even though Earl was working and raising a family he still managed to build his own plane, the Cougar, in the garage of their home. He flew the Cougar from 1970 to 2005 logging flight time almost every day. His flights ranged from what he called "around the patch" to visiting local airports to kick tires or enjoy a slice of pie with buddies. Earl was also an avid runner, running without fail three times a week, logging enough miles to circle the globe two and a half times. Earl also enjoyed scuba diving, snow skiing, cycling, and maintaining his home. Earl lived life to the fullest and was a very happy man which was always reflected in his smile. Earl is survived by his wife, Eileen Brady; daughter, Joellen (Greg) Stiles; son, Cliff Brady; grandson, Jeff Stiles; brother-in-law, Bob (Sharon) Hendricks; niece, Ginny (Carey) Hamel; nephew, Rob (Debbie) Hendricks; brother-in-law, Doug Weber; nephew, Lee (Denise) Weber, niece, Lyn (Bill) Boodman and many dear friends. A memorial service will be held June 2, 11:00 A.M. at SeaCoast Church, 100 N. Pacific Coast Highway, Redondo Beach, CA 90277, 310-379-8431. In lieu of flowers the family would like donations to be made to EAA Chapter 403 where the Cougar has "landed" and is being used as a teaching aid for future aviators. Mail donations to: Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 403. In Loving Memory of Earl Brady. 2500 College Parkway #403 Carson City, NV, 89706 or donate online: http://www.eaa403.org. Please sign the guest book at www.dailybreeze.com/obits.
Published in Daily Breeze on May 9, 2012
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