Stephen J. Brady

  • Born: April 13, 1951
  • Died: January 17, 2021
  • Location: Easton, Massachusetts

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605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375

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Tribute & Message From The Family


Stephen (Steve) Brady of Easton, MA passed away unexpectedly but peacefully on January 17, 2021. Steve was born in 1951 to Edward Brady and Harriet Paquin and grew up in Bloomfield CT. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1969, then earned a Bachelors Degree in Education from UMass Amherst while working on a farm in the northwestern corner of Connecticut. He later completed his Masters degree in Education Administration from Wheelock College in Boston.

Steve was always the maverick in the family, forging his own path in life. Before settling into a career, he traveled extensively as a professional clown, a puppeteer, and a magi-cian. When a school administrator in Connecticut saw how well he worked with kids on his school bus route, that kick-started his career as a teacher.

His longest teaching position was as K-8 educator in the Brookline Public School sys-tem. His gift as a teacher was a unique ability to inspire students to learn the basics while having fun and encouraging creativity. In typical Steve fashion, he forged his own path outside any formal curriculum. Among his successes was teaching programming to his students decades before the first Hour of Code, with his class becoming beta testers for what would eventually evolve into Lego Mindstorms.

Steve was a great lover of the outdoors and, despite having what his friends described as "Olympic legs and geriatric lungs", he never let that slow him down. He backpacked extensivey, trekked through canyons and glaciers, climbed half of the "fourteeners" in Colorado, and completed countless 100-mile bike rides.

One of his greatest passions was gardening. He cultivated a 2200 square foot vegetable garden in his backyard in Easton (which became famous for its garlic), as well as sepa-rate herb, flower, and rock gardens. He was also an exceptional cook, and always en-sured that there was a Michelin-starred meal with produce from his garden on the table every night.

Steve is survived by his wife Jolan Laibson and son Liam Brady, his brother Michael Brady and wife Nancy, his sister Karen (Brady) Grundt and husband Jeff, his sister-in-law Carol Laibson and husband Steven Goldberg, as well as nieces and nephews Ryan Brady, Meghan Brady, Maura Brady, Alexandra Johnston, Katherine Grundt, Michelle Goldberg, and Evan Goldberg. A private Zoom memorial will be held in the coming weeks, and a celebration of his life at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his name can be made to the Southern Poverty Law Cen-ter or the Sierra Club.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was shocked and saddened to hear the news of Stephen's passing. I knew him from my time at BHS and remember his big smile and kind nature. Extending my deepest condolences to his wife, son and family, that you find peace and comfort in the days ahead. May he rest in peace. In spirt, Gina Blardo/Bloomfield, CT.

Posted by Gina Blardo - Bloomfield, CT - Friend   February 23, 2021

The news of Steven's passing hit me hard. He was such a free loving spirit, whose heartfelt smile could light up a room. There wasn't a young girl in the neighborhood that didn't have a crush on him. Like the pied piper, he usually had several kids following behind him, awaiting a magic trick or story. Growing up two doors away from the Brady clan was the most special of times. I can still hear the sound of the kitchen screen door closing behind any one who entered and Mrs B inevitably cooking something. When he was clearing out their parents home, Steve brought me the framed picture seen here. He knew of my love of the west and thought I would enjoy it and all these years latwr, I still do. Now it is even more precious. My deepest condolences to Jolan, Liam, Michael, Karen and family. I know you must miss him beyond words.

Posted by Kate (McLaughlin) Taylor - Friend   February 13, 2021

The news of Steven's passing hit me hard. He was such a free loving spirit, whose heartfelt smile could light up a room. There wasn't a young girl in the neighborhood that didn't have a crush on him. Like the pied piper, he usually had several kids following behind him, awaiting a magic trick or story. Growing up two doors away from the Brady clan was the most special of times. I can still hear the sound of the kitchen screen door closing behind any one who entered and Mrs B inevitably cooking something. When he was clearing out their parents home, Steve brought me the framed picture seen here. He knew of my love of the west and thought I would enjoy it and all these years latwr, I still do. Now it is even more precious. My deepest condolences to Jolan, Liam, Michael, Karen and family. I know you must miss him beyond words.

Posted by Kate (McLaughlin) Taylor - Friend   February 13, 2021

I was a friend and baseball teammate of Steve throughout high school. Besides being a great athlete, he was an incredibly warm and funny guy. I know he will be missed by family and friends. Rest in peace, Steve.

Posted by Bruce Dworman - Bloomfield, CT - Friend   January 27, 2021

Steve was an outstanding teacher at Brookline's Devotion School and was especially important to my son's second grade year. I admired him tremendously.

Posted by Susan Martin - Brookline, MA - Friend   January 25, 2021

Not so long ago, Steve surprised me with a phone call after reading a letter to the Editor of mine and we had a wonderful long "catch-up" conversation. He sounded as vigorous, creative and contented as ever. This is a stunning loss. What a wonderful person: intelligent, amusing, talented, and he always brightened up a day if you bumped into him at school. My heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family. Steve will never be forgotten by all of us who knew and loved him. The world needs more like him!

Posted by Carolyn Bishop - Belmont, MA   January 25, 2021

Jolan I was so sorry to hear this news. Your husband sounds like an amazing person and someone who touched the lives of so many. My heart goes out to you and your son and Steve's family. In light and love, Marla

Posted by Marla Taub - Natick, MA - Friend   January 24, 2021

Our thoughts and prayers are with you as we all process this sad news. He was a kind soul with a huge heart and an easy smile.

Posted by Tamsin Serjak - North Easton, MA - Friend   January 24, 2021

For me, Stephen (aka Estaban-a favorite nickname of his, given about 15 years ago & spelled correctly) was quite special. I knew him best during some of his formative years (mid-20's), but now realize his formative years never stopped. He was always trying to make things better, somehow. I'm sad because of this news, but can rest thinking of him telling me to turn that frown upside down, and shading me if I didn't.
Thank you Stephen, Ken K

Posted by Kenneth Kubachka - Glastonbury, CT - Friend   January 23, 2021