Gary Robert Brady, 74, longtime resident of Westfield, passed away on Monday, November 30, 2020.
He was born on December 8, 1945 to Geraldine and Francis Brady. Gary was the oldest of nine children.
Wayne, Michael, James, Mark, Richard, Gerald, Timothy, Kenneth and Karen.
He was predeceased by his brothers, James, Mark, Wayne, Mike, and Tim. He is survived by Rich, Jeep, Karen, and Ken.
Gary also leaves his children, Sandy Berry and her husband, Jay, her children, Jessie, Nicole, and Tessa, and their children, Marc Brady and his wife, Karin, and their children, Hilary, Kiley, Nathaniel, and Sydney, Christopher Brady and his wife, Cora, their children, Matthew, Haleigh, Joseph and Noah.
Gary grew up in Westfield and the Hilltowns, where he attended and graduated from Huntington High School in 1963.
He entered the military in 1964 and served in the United States Army until 1968. He earned the rank of Staff Sergeant and received the National Defense Medal.
After his service in the Army, he returned home to raise his family and attend college and receive his Bachelor of Art degree, and later earn his Master’s in Education.
He loved both Art and teaching. His real passion was teaching children on how to be confident. He won the prestigious Grinspoon Teacher of the Year Award, for his excellence in education.
Gary always volunteered in his community to coach his son’s sports teams and later in life attended many of his grandchildren’s games to cheer them on.
After 30 plus years of teaching, Gary retired with a full heart and a head full of memories.
We all have a favorite memory of Gary. His love of Art and his paintings, trot trot to Boston, breakfast and Friendly’s, Martha’s Vineyard, reading books, his socks and sandals, and a million more.
He touched many lives in his time here, his memory will carry us through this time of Grief.
Family and friends are invited to gather on Tuesday, December 8, at 10 a.m. for Gary's committal service with military honors at the Massachusetts Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery, 1390 Main Street, Agawam. There are no calling hours. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be made to the Westfield Athenaeum, 6 Elm Street, Westfield, MA 01085.
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