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UPTON S. BRADY III ("JERRY") died in Greenwich, CT, on May 6, 2012, surrounded by his family-and by spring flowers from his beloved garden. A resident of Old Greenwich, CT, Jerry was born on April 3, 1937 in Long Beach, CA, the son of Barbara Power Brady and US Navy Captain Upton S. Brady, Jr. He attended the Punahou School in Honolulu, HI, graduated from Choate in Wallingford, CT, and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Yale University in 1959. After serving as a Lieutenant in the US Navy for four years, he enrolled in Harvard University, graduating with an MBA. Jerry worked as an advertising account executive at New York agencies Benton & Bowles, William Esty, Doyle Dane Bernbach, and Ted Bates until the early 90's, when he founded Preferred Pet Products. A Stamford-based distributor of premium, all-natural pet foods, the company sells only to individual pet food stores and to a select number of breeders and veterinarians. Nurturer of flowers, grower of vegetables and planter of trees, Jerry was a passionate gardener, who became a University of Connecticut Certified Master Gardener at the Stamford Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in 2009. He was a member of the North Greenwich Congregational Church, where he served, over the years, as President of the Church Council, Chairman of the Board of Deacons, and a UCC delegate. He was a member of the Board of Deacons at the time of his death. In the past couple of years, he inspired and helped to create the Teaching Garden-an "outdoor classroom"-at the Church. The garden will be dedicated to his memory. Jerry is survived by his wife, Julie Wilson Brady of Old Greenwich, his brother William M. Brady of Palm Harbor, FL, children Christopher Brady (Ellen) of Barrington, RI, Scott Brady (Karen) of Morris, CT, Alexandra Pechkis (Kevin) of Southport, CT, and stepdaughters Amanda Wilson (Barbara) of Needham, MA, and Heather Saunders (Edward) of Newtown, CT. Also by his grandchildren Emma, Duncan, Matthew, Riley, Samantha, Brady, Corey, Ellie, Max, Natalie and Annabel-all of whom he led through his gardens like a Pied Piper in grass-stained blue jeans. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be sent to the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens for the benefit of the Master Garden Program, 151 Brookdale Rd., Stamford, CT, or to the Teaching Garden at North Greenwich Congregational Church, 606 Riversville Road, Greenwich, CT. A private family burial took place on May 10th. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 10.30 am at North Greenwich Congregational Church, 606 Riversville Rd., Greenwich, CT
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Published in StamfordAdvocate on June 6, 2012
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