Douglas James Brady peacefully passed away on Saturday, July 3rd, 2021, in Plant City, Florida. He was born on July 29th, 1941, in Stamford, Connecticut. As a child, his family relocated to Florida where he spent the rest of his life. He was a member of St. Clement Catholic Church. He attended John Carroll Catholic High School in Fort Pierce, Florida, where he was a member of the football team. He enlisted in the Air Force upon graduation and served his country proudly. He was a Human Resources Director for most of his professional career and took great pride in his ability to interview, hire, train and develop people. He was also charitable and quietly helped those in need, especially children. While he was raising his own young family, he spent countless hours raising money for the Boy's and Girl's Club of Daytona Beach. He was able to arrange boxing exhibitions in Daytona Beach with both Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier, who donated their time and helped save and fund the Boy's and Girls Club for years. Doug had many hobbies and interests, from sports (Bucs, Rays and Lightning), to music, movies,
television and reading. He was kind and considerate of others and had a great sense of humor. He was always a gentleman and was a man of integrity and conviction.
Above all, Doug loved his family. He told anyone who would listen how proud he was of his wife, children, and grandchildren. His wife and children were at his side during his final days and the love that existed between them was evident to all.
Doug met his wife Lori (Angel) while stationed in Canada during his time in the Air Force. They fell in love and moved back to Florida to settle and start a family. They were married for over 58 years and their love and commitment was the foundation for the entire family. Doug adored Lori and always shared that he "would be nothing without her." He considered himself the luckiest man alive and was so thankful for his
wife and children. He bragged incessantly about them and had a special relationship with each one. Shelly, Dan, Doug, and Gary were a great source of pride to him and he took great pleasure in their accomplishments. His grandchildren, Annie, Jack, Jared, Will, Luca and Quinn also meant everything to him, and he would always tell them how much they were loved and adored. There were so many things that made Doug unique and each one brings a smile or a laugh to his family and friends. Opening presents at the Brady household was a tradition for over 50 years and Doug would
have a trash bag on hand as each present was opened to avoid any unnecessary clutter. He was a man of routine and rarely stayed up past Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy each night. He didn't mind letting his children borrow the car, however, he was sure to remind them not to break it, or, worse yet, "lose the keys". He would sing along to his favorite songs (My Way or Eye of the Tiger), show off his dance moves and recite his favorite movie lines (You talkin' to me?). He loved the beach and enjoyed sitting quietly on
the shore. Every year, without fail, he would personally call his family members on their birthday and sing "Happy Birthday to You". All who met him would comment on his kindness, humility, and respect. He came from very simple and humble beginnings and made a life that he could have never imagined. He was a man of faith and put great belief in church and prayer. He will be truly missed by all who knew The family would like to thank all of the wonderful doctors, nurses and staff members at South Florida
Baptist Hospital in Plant City who went above and beyond to help Doug and make his family feel as welcome as possible over the final weeks of Doug's life. They were compassionate and professional, and the Brady Family is extremely grateful.
Douglas is survived by his wife of 58 years, Loretto Brady, his daughter Shelly Schaffer (Peter), sons Dan Brady, Douglas Brady (Kim) and Gary Brady (Colleen). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Annie, Jack, Jared, Will, Luca and Quinn and brothers-in-law Frank Angel and Larry Angel, also many Angel and Murphy nieces and nephews, especially Bonnie Kavanagh and family. Douglas was predeceased by his parents James and Frances Brady. A memorial service and Mass will be held on Tuesday, August 3rd at 11:00AM at St. Clement Catholic Church, 1104 N. Alexander St, Plant City, Florida. A reception will be held immediately following the service at the St Clement Fellowship Hall. Donations in Douglas Brady's honor can be made to the West Plant City Boys & Girls Club , 901 South Waller Street, Plant City FL 33563-6401. https://www.bgctampa.org/
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