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Thomas E. Brady Jr.

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Thomas E. Brady, Jr.

AGE: 77 • Wilmington

Thomas E. Brady, Jr., devoted husband, father, and active community member, died of heart failure early Tuesday morning, June 10, 2014 at Christiana Care Wilmington Hospital.

Tom, 77, lived a full life; defined by service to his family and others. Tom enjoyed 44 years of work at DuPont where he utilized his finance skills in marketing and human resources. Tom spent early years working on several well-known consumer products, including Corian and Reach toothbrushes before moving into a role involving the financial aspects of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures.

From 1979 to 1985, Tom served as a Delaware State Representative for the 6th district representing the neighborhoods of Highlands and Forty Acres. While he had several signature achievements such as working to secure funding for the Augustine Cutoff bridge repairs, on the opening of the Graham Center for seniors, and as a key player in the passage of the Financial Center for Development Act which led to the expansion of the credit card banking industry in Delaware; many of Tom's efforts were unacknowledged and more personal, like visiting with seniors and helping the neediest with basic care concerns.

A graduate of Villanova University, Tom lived for all things Wildcat. He held season tickets for the football and basketball teams, annually attended the school's theater performances and frequently attended religious services on campus. Unbeknownst to the school, Tom was an active recruiter for the University touting the school's merits to any promising youngster considering school options. Tom also earned his MBA in finance.

Tom, a member of the St. Mary Magdalen Parish, was active with several local churches over the years, including St. Patrick's, St. Paul's, St. Ann's and St. Peter's Cathedral. Working with other parishioners, Tom and his wife helped save St. Peter's Cathedral School from closure in the late 1970s.

Tom served in various capacities including the boards of several organizations over the years including Catholic Charities, Delaware Technical and Community College, Friends of the Woodlawn Library. He also served on the Highlands PTA and as co-chair of the Ulster Project Delaware.

His wife, Linda preceded Tom in death. Tom is survived by his proudest achievements in life - four children, T.E., Jennifer, Alicia and Kathleen, their spouses, Deb, Charles and Keiji, and two grandchildren, Brady and Micaela, both of whom brought sparkles to his eyes. Tom is also survived by all of his favorite companions and siblings, Phyllis, David, John and Edward; as well as John's wife, Dottie, Edward's wife, Carolyn and a number of favorite nieces and nephews.

Tom was much loved by his family, close friends and co-workers and will be greatly missed by all.

Family and friends are invited to visit at the Doherty Funeral Home, 1900 Delaware Avenue, Wilmington on Saturday, June 14 from 8:30-9:15AM. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at St. Mary Magdalen Church, Concord Pike and Sharpley Road, Wilmington at 10:00AM. Interment will follow in All Saints Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Tom's name to Friends of Woodlawn Library, 2020 W. 9th Street, Wilmington, DE 19805, the theatre department at Villanova University, 800 E. Lancaster Avenue, Villanova, PA 19085 or a .

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Published in The News Journal from June 13 to June 15, 2014
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