Jim Brady Death, Obituary – It is with a heavy heart that I must inform you that our very own Jim Brady passed away late yesterday evening. Jim was a Rotarian through and through and had a deep affection for his club, as well as a drive to serve others and a fascination with vintage automobiles. Jim will be greatly missed by many people.
He joined the United States Navy and served his country during World War II, rising through the ranks to become a Seaman First Class.
For his service, he was awarded the World War II Victory Medal. Earlier in his career, he had worked as a Drop Forger at Northeast Tool & Dye in Springfield. Subsequently, he had held positions at General Electric in Pittsfield, Kraft Food and Distribution in Chicopee, and most recently, he was employed by the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority. He was a member of the Western Mass Yacht Club in South Hadley and a communicant of Sainte Rose de Lima Church in Chicopee.
Both of these locations are in Massachusetts. In his spare time, he enjoyed going for rides on his Honda Silver Wing motorcycle, going boating on the Connecticut River, and both building and playing games that involved horseshoes. Above all else, he treasured the time he could spend with his numerous friends and members of his own family. Maryann K. (Gaylord) Brady, who was his cherished wife and closest friend and who passed away on March 14, 1992, preceded him in death.
She was called home. He is survived by his two devoted sons, Kenneth J. Towsley and his wife, Lori Hathaway Towsley, of Palmer, and Sherman H. Towsley and his partner, Julie Emmerman, of Boulder, Colorado. He is also survived by his 15 cherished grandchildren, James Beaudoin and his wife, Teri, Ernie Beaudoin, Shannon Towsley and her partner, Allen Cote, Kenneth Towsley and his wife, Hillary, Christian Hathaway and her