Lewis John Brady

PENN YAN - 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. 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 10 a.m. 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. 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.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to St. Michael's School, 214 Keuka St., Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527 or Keuka Comfort Care Home, PO Box 107, Penn Yan, N.Y. 14527.
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. 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.
He is survived by his wife of 63-years Mary Monica (O'Connor) Brady; six children; Maureen (Seattle, Wash.), Margaret (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Gerald (Milton, Vt.), Leo (Ann) (Lockport, N.Y.), Tom (Waterloo, N.Y.) and Mary (Joe) Meyer (Wayland, N.Y.). He is also survived by grandchildren Christine Armstrong (Seattle, Wash.), Rachel and Joey Meyer (Wayland, N.Y.), Monica and Connor Brady Barnard (West Bloomfield, Mich.), Nicole, Maureen and Meghan Brady (Milton Vt.), Nathan Brady (Lockport, N.Y.), Daniel, Steven and Mary Catherine Brady (Farmington, N.Y.) and great grand-daughter Lavender Rose Brady (West Bloomfield, Mich.).
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.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at www.townsendwoodfuneralchapel.com

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Published in Finger Lakes Times from July 30 to Aug. 2, 2013