GE­ORGE BRADY

The Globe and Mail (Prairie Edition) - - BIRTH AND DEATH NOTICES -

Fe­bru­ary 9, 1928 - Jan­uary 11, 2019

Our beloved pa­tri­arch, Ge­orge, died quickly and pain­lessly at home on Jan­uary 11, 2019.

To say that Ge­orge squeezed out ev­ery drop of life is a grand un­der­state­ment - from sur­viv­ing the hor­rors of the Holo­caust and los­ing his en­tire fam­ily, to restart­ing a new life in Canada. Blessed with 4 chil­dren (or as he would say, 3 kids and a girl) he pur­sued life with great vigour. World renowned for his tenac­ity and gen­eros­ity, for Ge­orge there were no prob­lems, only chal­lenges for which he could al­ways find so­lu­tions. He helped hun­dreds of new Cana­di­ans find jobs, homes, and pur­sue their dreams. He had no time for naysay­ers or lazi­ness. Our fa­ther lived larger than life - from us­ing dy­na­mite to blast rocks at the cot­tage, to ig­nit­ing Czech demo­cratic protests in 2016.

Ge­orge’s early years are well known through the story of Hana’s Suit­case, which fol­lows Ge­orge and his sis­ter Hana’s jour­ney from their Czech home to Terezin and fi­nally to Auschwitz. In Ge­orge’s case - he be­lieved that he sur­vived due to his per­se­ver­ance and a lit­tle bit of luck. He was lib­er­ated from the Death March in Jan­uary of 1945 and re­turned home to find out that he was the sole sur­vivor of his fam­ily.

Ge­orge felt that he should not dwell on the past and chose to make a new life in Canada hon­our­ing the legacy of his par­ents. Three years later, he met a fel­low sur­vivor, Joe Sei­d­ner, and to­gether they founded Brady & Sei­d­ner. As he es­tab­lished the busi­ness, Ge­orge be­gan a busy fam­ily life with his first wife Carol and their 3 boys, Dou­glas, Paul and David. He im­pressed upon his boys the val­ues he had grown up with, in­clud­ing a spir­ited ap­pre­ci­a­tion for cot­tage life and fam­ily time. Guests were fre­quently lulled into a false sense of re­lax­ation with week­end in­vites to a “Rock Fes­ti­val” or “Woodstock”, nei­ther of which had any­thing to do with mu­sic, but rather the lit­eral trans­la­tion. When he was no longer able to swing a chain­saw, his favourite pas­time was to di­rect oth­ers in­clud­ing his kids and grand­kids as they cut trees, used the leaf blower, and moved rocks.

At 54, Ge­orge ex­panded the fam­ily by mar­ry­ing a sec­ond time and to­gether with Teresa had a daugh­ter, Lara Hana. The fam­ily con­tin­ued to grow with badly trained but much loved dogs.

The ar­rival of Fu­miko Ish­ioka into Ge­orge’s life in 2000 her­alded the next chap­ter, shar­ing the story of his sis­ter, and that of his own as a mem­ber of the un­der­ground mag­a­zine at Terezin called Ve­dem. Ge­orge be­lieved that these sto­ries tran­scended faith and be­lief; en­cour­ag­ing kids and adults alike to ex­plore his­tory and learn more about the con­se­quences of ha­tred and in­tol­er­ance. Hav­ing, im­pacted many lives, his story con­tin­ues to touch peo­ple in ev­ery cor­ner of the world.

Ge­orge’s proud­est achieve­ment was his fam­ily and their suc­cess. He of­ten com­mented that his par­ents would have been so proud to see how the Brady clan had ex­panded after suf­fer­ing such hard­ship dur­ing the war. Not one to hold a grudge, this was his vin­di­ca­tion; that he won out in the end. Ge­orge was a mem­ber of the Or­der of On­tario, and re­ceived the Queen’s Di­a­mond Ju­bilee medal, keys to Prague and Nove Mesto (his home town), the high­est Ger­man civil­ian Or­der of Merit: the “Ver­di­en­stkreuz am Bande”, the Masaryk So­ci­ety award, the Czech House of Com­mons award, Post Bel­lum award, hon­our from Palace Univer­sity, and var­i­ous other hon­ours. He was also very proud of achiev­ing 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (in the same race) for the over 80 cat­e­gory at the Devil’s Glen Ski Club Cham­pi­onships. Ge­orge’s legacy is car­ried on by his wife Teresa; chil­dren Dou­glas (Carol), Paul (Joyce), David (Robin), Lara (Mark) and his grand­chil­dren; Adam, Daniel, Cameron, Ever­est, Sierra, Nir­vana, Khoi, Grace, Isa­iah, Eli­jah, Aaron and Theodore. Spe­cial thanks to Teresa for her mir­a­cles in keep­ing Ge­orge healthy, de­spite his best ef­forts to do oth­er­wise and to Marty for those weekly lunches. For­ever with a twin­kle in his eye, Ge­orge will be deeply missed. Ge­orge was the world’s big­gest op­ti­mist - al­ways see­ing the glass more than half full.

At Ben­jamin’s Park Me­mo­rial Chapel, 2401 Stee­les Av­enue West ( three lights west of Duf­ferin) for ser­vice on Wed­nes­day Jan­uary 16, 2019, at 3:00 p.m. Shiva to be ob­served pri­vately. In Ge­orge’s hon­our, and to con­tinue the im­por­tant cause he be­lieved in - please con­sider a do­na­tion to the Tokyo Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tion Cen­tre in lieu of flow­ers. https:// www.canada­helps.org/en/ dn/31868

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