James Ambrose ‘Jim’ Brady
Resting in The Arms of Our Lord, Saturday, January 30, 2021. Jim was born August 13, 1930 in the Bronx, NY to Anne and Richard ‘Dick’ Brady, Sr. who preceded him in death. He graduated All Hallows High School in 1946 and attended Iona College until graduation in 1950. Jim then joined the Air Force and met Rosalyn “Rose” Marie Brady (nee Rechtien) both in 1951. Immediately following the Air Force (1955), Jim joined the MO Air National Guard and served as a navigator during the Berlin Crisis (1955-1961).
Jim and Rose married at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Shrewsbury, MO on May 23, 1953. They were married for 64 years before Rose preceded him in death on Dec. 6, 2017. Both Jim and Rose were active in St. Michael’s parish; Jim established the Computer Lab at St. Michael’s church (1997-2001) and received the St. Michael’s Man of the Year Award just recently (2017) for his decades of service. Jim was also highly active in his community; he served as Alderman (1976-1981), Police Commissioner (1988-2012), held various roles as Scoutmaster and Softball Coach and was on the board of the Kenrick Parke Condominium Association as President (1995-2003) and Finance Chair (2004-2012). He was named Shrewsbury’s Top Citizen in 2001 for his years of community service. Jim’s professional experience in global cost accounting led him to serve McDonnell Douglas Aircraft (now Boeing) in various roles and in various countries over a span of 33 years (1955-1988). For the next six years, Jim held several consultancy roles before full retirement (1994). Throughout, Jim was a devoted Cardinals baseball fan when not on the golf course and could frequently be seen sporting the iconic red jacket and hat.
Jim and his wife Rosalyn are survived by James Jr., Sharon (Les) Goeman, Susan, Peter (Donna), Glenn (Sharon), and Kelly (Mike) Shillito. Jim is also the dear grandfather of eleven, great-grandfather to three, and the dear brother of the late Richard ‘Dick’ Brady, Jr., dear uncle, cousin and friend.
Services: Visitation and funeral Mass will be held on Saturday, February 6, 2021 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 7622 Sutherland Ave. Visitation is at 9 a.m. with the Mass to follow at 10 a.m. Interment is private where Jim will be reunited with his wife at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery on February 8, 2021. In lieu of flowers, contributions to the American Lung Association for COPD research is greatly appreciated.