James (Jim) Alvin Brady, Jr. (80) of Wilmington, NC passed away peacefully on Saturday May 14th at Trinity Grove senior care facility.
He was born to parents James Alvin Brady, Sr. and Mary Holder Brady on April 4th 1942 in Marietta, Georgia.
He was married to Pat Brady in 1966, after “stealing her” from his best friend on a double blind date telling him, “sorry man, that is the woman I am going to marry”.
He is survived by his loving wife of 56 years, Patricia H Brady of Wilmington , NC, Their two Daughters; Christel McMillan (and husband Chris) of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, Allison Petro (and husband Brandon) of Chico, CA, Grandson; Caden McMillan of Ocean Isle Beach, NC, Grand-dog and namesake; Little Jimmy Petro of Chico, CA one Sister; Beth Richards (and husband William) of Wilmington, NC, two Nieces and one nephew; Leigh Anne Richards of Wilmington, NC, Heather Sanford (and husband Bill) of Chapel Hill, NC, Will Richards (and wife Heather) of Wilmington, NC, and many great Nieces and Nephews.
Jim was Predeceased by his parents James and Mary Brady.
He was a patriot and served in the United States Army and North Carolina Army National Guard.
He attended North Carolina State University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, School of Pharmacy . He was very smart and utilized his valuable and broad skills across multiple industries/occupations; including, Welding instructor at James Sprunt Community College, Insurance plan development and Sales for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, and Sales and marketing for Lithotripsy medical equipment. Before long he had worked his way up to executive level management.
Jim was a member of Cresset Baptist church and taught Sunday school to a class comically named “The last step before heaven”.
As a young man Jim enjoyed flying planes and riding Harley-Davidson motorcycles. He lived his life fully and will be remembered most for his love of hunting, fishing and being outdoors with his buddies from The Moonshine Hunting Club of Willard, NC.
Jim made friends everywhere he went with his quick Wit, infectious smile and open heart. He was a great listener and always gave the best advice. His outgoing personality made him the life of the party and many life-long friends! What he enjoyed most was spending time with his family, friends and grand-dog and we will cherish those memories forever.
Jim expressed that his one life regret will be that he did not live to see his only grandchild become a man!
The family would like to express enormous gratitude for all of the staff at Trinity Grove senior care facility who worked tirelessly and cared so deeply for Jim and his family! A special thank you to Ginger, Ryan, Guadalupe, Janet and Pam for treating him like family.
Jim requested that there be no funeral service. If you would like to honor his memory please consider a donation to Lower Cape Fear Hospice/Life Care in Wilmington, NC.
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