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Richard W. Brady

September 22, 1939 January 3, 2020
Richard W. Brady
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Richard W. Brady
Augusta-Richard W. Brady, 80, was welcomed into the Lord’s loving arms on Friday, January 3, 2020, at his home with his loving family by his side.
He was born in Utica on September 22, 1939, the son of the late Donald H. and Carmelia Vivyan Brady. Dick graduated from Oriskany Falls High School in 1951. He excelled on the school’s baseball team as the star left-handed pitcher, a proud moment in time, Dick carried throughout his life. After high school, he joined U.S. Air Force, serving from 1956-1960 and being honorably discharged in 1960. An avid musician, he was a drummer in a band called “The Rhythmics,” a band that was known around the Utica area. On May 18, 1963, at the Knoxboro Methodist Church, Dick married his soulmate, Nancy Gratton. He was employed for three years at Oneida Limited’s Knife Plant, before joining the New York State Police in 1965. Dick was a proud and dedicated Trooper, primarily stationed on the New York Thruway. He retired from the New York State Police in 1985, and that same year, was elected Town Justice of the Town of Augusta. He served as Town Justice for 24 years, retiring in 2009. After his State Police retirement, he opened Brady’s Body Shop, doing auto body work. Dick had a passion for Hot Rod Cars. He had built his own customized 1954 Ford Victoria, his pride and joy. For all of Dick’s life accomplishments, his community knew him as an honorable, humble, and trustworthy friend. Most of all he will be deeply missed by his family, that knew him as a devoted and loving husband of 56 years and a loving and caring father and grandfather.
Dick is survived by his loving wife Nancy; his daughters, Kellie (Sean) Copperwheat of Munnsville, and Sandra (Paul) Ford of Augusta; six grandchildren: Courtney Buchanan, her fiancé, Dom Bialek-McNamara, and Andrew Buchanan, all of Augusta, Brady and Emma Copperwheat of Munnsville, Amber and Michael Ford of Augusta; two great grandchildren, Darin and Lucia Buchanan of Augusta. Dick is also survived his sister-in-law, Carol Brady of New Hartford; many nieces, nephews, cousins, and many great friends.
He was predeceased his beloved mother and father; his beloved brother, Donald H. Brady, Jr.; and his favorite aunt and uncle, Del and Lucile Vivyan.
Graveside funeral services with Military and New State Police Honors, will be held in the spring at Augusta Cemetery with the Rev. Jay Williams officiating. In keeping with Dick’s wishes there are no pubic calling hours. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to the care of the Paul Funeral Home of Madison. To offer a condolence or share a memory, please visit:
Donations in Dick’s memory can be made to Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc. of New Hartford or the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Event Information

Spring Graveside Service with Military Honors.

Cemetery Details


Augusta Cemetery Final Resting Place

North Road
Oriskany Falls, NY 13425

North Road Oriskany Falls 13425 NY
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc

4277 Middle Settlement Road
New Hartford, NY 13413

Alzheimer's Foundation of America

322 8Th Avenue, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10001

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