“To have, to love and then to part is the greatest sorrow of one’s heart; But all is well that is done by thee.”
Brady Irving was born on November 8, 1938 to Brady and Stella Irving, in Boston, Massachusetts. He had one older sister, Alberta (Detroit, Michigan). As he grew up, Brady played high school football, baseball, and ran track.
Brady graduated in 1956 and joined the Marines – the start of many adventures. For boot camp and initial training, Brady was sent to Padre Island, South Carolina, followed by a move to Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He was then sent to Albany, Georgia, where he met his wife Evelyn.
He and Evelyn were married in April of 1961. The couple went on to have four children: three daughters and one son, all born between 1959 and 1962. He was fortunate in that his family could often travel with him, as the Marine Corps sent him to many far-off places.
After his time in Albany, Brady moved to Iwakuni, Japan, where he was stationed for one years. This was followed by a move to Quantico, Virginia, to the Marine Corps School, where he studied for four years. Next, he was sent to the Marine Corps barracks in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, for three years. Following his time there, Brady was sent to the headquarters of the Marine Corps in Washington, D.C. for four years.
Once he was home from Vietnam, Brady was sent to Camp Hansen in Okinawa, Japan for a year. And finally, Brady moved back to Quantico, Virginia, where he retired from the Marine Corps. He received many medals and honors for all that he went through: a Good Conduct Medal with 5 stars; a Presential Unit Citation; a Combat Action Ribbon; a Vietnam Service medal with one star; a Vietnam Campaign medal with 1960; a National Defense Service medal and one for serving in Vietnam.
Although he retired from the Marine Corps, Brady wasn’t through working. He moved to Torrington, Connecticut, and got a job with the U.S. Post Office, where he worked for 18 years. Because the Post Office is a federal entity, Brady was then awarded for his 20 years of military service, together with his time at the Post Office…making a total of 38 years of service.
During his retirement, Brady became a Mason, eventually became a Master Mason. He joined because of all the opportunities it opened up for helping other people. And he did indeed end up bringing assistance to a great many.
Sadly, Brady lost his wife in 2007. Two of his daughters, son, and son-in-law live in Texas and his other daughter (deceased) lived in Georgia. Altogether, he has three grandchildren, four great-grandchildren, one nephew, one niece, one great-niece, and one great grand-nephew.
“Be not sorrowful when I die, I have fought a hard battle. The prize of rest is mine, earned through pain and strife. Be not sad, for the prize of peace is finally mine.”