James Revell Brady, Jr., otherwise known as “Pop,” “Papa Jim,” “Big Jim,” and “Coach Jim,” died on February 25, 2022, at home, surrounded by his large and loving family.
Jim was born on February 24, 1951 in Annapolis, MD to James Revell Brady, Sr., and Doris Deale Brady. Jim spent his early years in Annapolis enjoying outdoor activities including sports and hunting while trying to keep his younger brother, Arthur Deale Brady, out of trouble. With his parents, brother, and younger sister, Hope Yvonne Battista Bonaccorsy, Jim spent his high school years in England where he developed into an internationally ranked competitive wrestler and enjoyed expanding his knowledge of the world. A gifted writer and lifelong Terp fan, Jim received his Bachelor’s in Journalism from the University of Maryland, College Park, after graduating from Central High School in London.
Jim’s greatest joy in life was his family. They will treasure the life lessons he bestowed on them as well as the joy and entertainment he brought to family gatherings, trips, and vacations. Jim is survived by his loving wife, Carole Eastman Brady. He is also survived by his father James (Mari), brother Art (Regina), sister Hope (Ricci), five children, and thirteen grandchildren. Children – James William Brady (Dorothy), Simon Sanghyun Park (Laney), Karolyn Rachel Brady (Sean), Patrick Earle Brady (Courtney), and Molly Brady Quesenberry (John). Grandchildren – Elijah E. Park, Clare E. Park, James F. Brady, Emma G. Moran, Anne C. Brady, Haydn P. Moran, Jane E. Moran, John L. Quesenberry, Charlie R. Quesenberry, Aubrey E. Brady, Sloan M. Quesenberry, Chandler E. Brady, and Ward E. Brady. Jim was predeceased by his mother, Doris Deale Brady.
Outside of family, Jim devoted much of his time to providing opportunities for youth through athletics. He coached his children’s and grandchildren’s sports teams, the Flying Falcons, to great success. He served as Athletic Director and President for the Bowie Boys & Girls Club. Jim proudly supported and mentored colleagues over his 37-year career at the Department of Defense, Civilian Personnel Management Service. He loved to tend his garden in his yard, carve walking sticks for his grandchildren, and cook meals for his family and friends.
Services to celebrate Jim’s life will be held on Thursday, March 3rd at 1:00 p.m. at Christian Community Presbyterian Church (3120 Belair Dr, Bowie, MD 20715). A reception for friends and family will be held afterwards at the Crofton Country Club (1691 Crofton Pkwy #2089, Crofton, MD 21114). Donations in remembrance of Jim can be given to the Bowie Boys & Girls Club (https://www.bbgc.com) or Hospice of the Chesapeake (https://www.hospicechesapeake.org/giving/donate-now/).