Donald Brady Obituary (1933-2021) – Greensboro, NC

Brady, Donald “Don” James

February 18, 1933 – June 18, 2021

Donald “Don” James Brady died peacefully with his family on Friday June 18, 2021 at his home in Greensboro. He was 88 years old.

The funeral service will take place on Friday, July 2nd, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. in the Catholic Church of Our Lady of Grace.

Don was born on February 18, 1933 in Niagara Falls, New York, to Joseph Montgomery Brady and Betty Jane (McGowan) Brady. He graduated from LaSalle High School in 1951 and attended the University of Rochester (U of R) on a football scholarship. In 1955 he graduated with a BS in mechanical engineering. After serving in the US Army, he worked as a mechanical engineer for Ingersoll-Rand in Manhattan. Don married the love of his life, Mary Gay (half-body) Brady, on July 5, 1958.

Mr. Brady and his wife Mary Gay moved to Greensboro in 1962 to start their Brady Trane franchise. With the support of its employees, who loved Mary Gay and Don, the company is celebrating its 59th anniversary. BRADY, Inc. remains headquartered in Greensboro, NC and now employs over 450 people.

Don has held many leadership roles in the ward, served on numerous boards, and started the action-based churches that make up the fabric of Greensboro today. Don has been a strong supporter of many charities and nonprofits including JDRF, Habitat for Humanity, Sanctuary House, the ALS Association, the Boy Scouts of America, and ASHRAE. He was incredibly committed to the pursuit of education and was a strong supporter of local schools and organizations promoting its accessibility. He supported educational initiatives at universities such as U of R, Ohio Wesleyan, A&T, UNCG, and GTCC.

Don’s favorite moments in life were those he could spend with family and friends. The summers in Topsail and the winters in Blowing Rock are some of the fondest memories of his grandchildren, where they often attended “cousin’s camps” run by Mary Gay and Don. “Grandpa Don” really appreciated the new perspectives he had gained by traveling, where he always made new friends. At home, his children and grandchildren often found him reading new books, racing horses or playing golf with friends.

Don leaves behind his wife Mary Gay Brady, five children Ann Leigh & Billy Flynt, Louise & Jim Brady, Mary Kate & Danny Farley, Joe Brady and Amy Brady & Mike Baxter; two nieces, Anne and Meg Brady; fourteen grandchildren; a great-grandson; two great-nieces and two great-nephews; and everyone he thought was his family. In death he was preceded by his parents Joseph and Betty Brady and his brother Rich Brady.

Instead of flowers, please donate to Sanctuary House, JDRF, or Bishop McGuinness.

Online condolences can be sent to

Hanes-Lineberry funeral

515 N Elm St, Greensboro, NC 27401

Published by Greensboro News & Record June 23 to June 27, 2021.

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