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Brady, Kathleen (Kay)

BRADY, Kathleen (Kay) (nee Stapley)

Passed away peacefully, after a period of declining health, at St. Joseph’s Health Care in Guelph ON, on October 23, 2019, where she had resided for the last several years.

Kay was the loving wife of William Emmett Brady, who passed away in 1976, and the mother of Larry (Brenda) and Bill (Bonnie) who both reside in Cornwall, and of Rosemary McNamara (Paul) who lives in Guelph.

She is predeceased by her parents William Thomas (Tommy) Stapley and Lorna Pearl (nee Hart) Stapley of Cornwall. Kay is also predeceased by her siblings Patricia, Margaret, Mary, Jim, Michael, Betty and Shannon.

Kay was born in Alexandria ON, on September 26, 1932. The Stapley family eventually moved to Cornwall where Kay attended Cornwall Collegiate. After finishing highschool she worked briefly at the Royal Montreal Golf Club and at Courtaulds in Cornwall. She then started working at the job that she enjoyed the most – Bell Canada in Cornwall. Kay was initially a telephone operator and later became a supervisor.

Kay was a great conversationalist. She enjoyed talking to everyone and could always find something that they might have in common.

It was at “the Bell” where she met the love of her life, “Buddy” Brady of Lancaster ON. They were married on Sept. 1, 1956 at St. Columban’s Church in Cornwall ON. They resided in St. Andrews West and Cornwall.

Heartfelt thanks go out to the nursing and support staff at St. Joseph’s, and also to the staff at Stone Lodge where Kay had previously resided. Doctors Stemerdink and Chan are also remembered for the kind and insightful care that they provided to Kay.

The funeral Mass will take place at St. Columban’s Church in Cornwall on Tuesday November 5, 2019 at 10:00am, with a reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion in Cornwall. Burial will take place after the reception, at St Joseph cemetery in Lancaster ON.

In lieu of flowers, sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph Health Care in Guelph. Please sign Kay’s on-line book of condolence at

A tree will be planted in memory of Kathleen (Kay) Brady in the Wall-Custance Memorial Forest, University of Guelph Arboretum. Dedication service, Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 2:30 pm.

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