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“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....Read More »
1 of 9 | Posted by: Gina Blardo - Bloomfield, CT

“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...Read More »
2 of 9 | Posted by: Kate (McLaughlin) Taylor

“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...Read More »
3 of 9 | Posted by: Kate (McLaughlin) Taylor

“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...Read More »
4 of 9 | Posted by: Bruce Dworman - Bloomfield, CT

“Steve was an outstanding teacher at Brookline's Devotion School and was especially important to my son's second grade year. I admired him...Read More »
5 of 9 | Posted by: Susan Martin - Brookline, MA

“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"...Read More »
6 of 9 | Posted by: Carolyn Bishop - Belmont, MA

“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...Read More »
7 of 9 | Posted by: Marla Taub - Natick, MA - Friend

“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. ”
8 of 9 | Posted by: Tamsin Serjak - North Easton, MA

“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...Read More »
9 of 9 | Posted by: Kenneth Kubachka - Glastonbury, CT

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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.