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Peter Richard "Pete" Brady
  • November 27, 1952 - November 20, 2020
  • Battle Creek, Michigan

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“We watched the service for Pete Brady today and were in awe of what an amazing man he was. A man of service to others, and someone who connected to...Read More »
1 of 63 | Posted by: Roger and Tracy Sokolowski - MI

“My deepest sympathies go out to the entire Brady family. The service today was a beautiful tribute to Pete and the stories shared by all show just...Read More »
2 of 63 | Posted by: Karen Jesselaitis - SAGINAW, MI

“As I reflect on what to write, I keep coming back to how blessed I have been to know Pete, P.J., and Lorie since I was a kid. The Brady family always...Read More »
3 of 63 | Posted by: Jessi Lewis

“The love for Pete was overwhelming throughout his service. His love for his family (all of it!) was always present.My many adventures with Pete will...Read More »
4 of 63 | Posted by: Jim MARQUOIT - Grand Haven, MI

“Lorie, Sarah, Josh, Leah and Travis, PJ, Abbi, Ava and Aiden- Sending love to all of you today as you honor Pete/yourDad/grandpa. What beautiful...Read More »
5 of 63 | Posted by: Colette Steele - San Diego, CA

“So sorry for your loss, my heart goes out to you and your ”
6 of 63 | Posted by: Ken Moats - Battle creek, MI

“To the Brady Family,Our love and sympathy goes out to all of you as we remember with great fondness the special times spent with Pete and the Brady...Read More »
7 of 63 | Posted by: Bill Graham

“I am so terribly sorry to hear of Pete's passing. Pete was a classmate of mine throughout High School. Whenever he and I would bump into each over...Read More »
8 of 63 | Posted by: Ann Cole Middlebush - MI

“Jack and I met Pete through his sister here in Melbourne Florida when he came down for visits , Fishing ha ha . He always had a smile on his face ...Read More »
9 of 63 | Posted by: Brenda Finnegan - Melbourne, FL

“Pete was a great colleague. I was a new hire at Starr Commonwealth and after the first few months of work, was sent around to meet directors and...Read More »
10 of 63 | Posted by: Jan Corey Arnett - Battle Creek, MI

“So sorry to hear of Pete's passing. We had any days fishing together on lakes and rivers in this area. My sympathy to the family. May you Rest In...Read More »
11 of 63 | Posted by: Al Mumford - Battle Creek, MI

“Lori so sorry for your loss. Sending love and hugs. ”
12 of 63 | Posted by: Julie Wilson - Kalmazoi, MI

“Pete Brady was a real people-person without question! Anyone who knew Pete experienced his kindness and caring, as well as his fun spirit and wit. ...Read More »
13 of 63 | Posted by: Stu and Beth Lewis - Battle Creek, MI

“My very sincere condolences to all of the Brady family. It's still hard to believe that Pete has left us. I have fond memories of playing hockey with...Read More »
14 of 63 | Posted by: Chuck Mullins - Hickory Corners, MI

“Dear Lorie and family,My heart breaks in hearing of the loss of Pete. He was such a good person and lived such a joyful and meaningful life ... a...Read More »
15 of 63 | Posted by: Nancy Chapin - Battle Creek, MI

“Mary and I were SO shocked and saddened to hear of our friend Pete's passing. Been waiting to try to put it into words but the words don't seem to...Read More »
16 of 63 | Posted by: Greg & Mary Samulak - IL - Friend

“Our deepest sympathies, you are in our hearts and prayers.Pete and Sue Lussier ”
17 of 63 | Posted by: Peter Lussier - Classmate

“Dear Lorie, Family and the whole Brady Clan. We have always felt so welcomed into the doings of the family from years of 4th of July reunions to...Read More »
18 of 63 | Posted by: Mike Cooper - Bay City, MI

FOP baseball “Pete was Mr. Personality. Always friendly and made everyone feel special. We went to elementary together and played little league baseball on an FOP...Read More »
19 of 63 | Posted by: Jim Tomlinson - friend

“Our hearts are breaking for the Brady family - prayers are with you during this time, Jed and Sonia ”
20 of 63 | Posted by: Sonia Thiendyke - Olivet, MI

“My love and condolences to all the Brady clan. I treasure all the times we spent together. We had some incredible times. Bet at peace Pete. ”
21 of 63 | Posted by: Scott Albers - Battle Creek, MI

“I will always treasure the times I spent with Pete. The Edge shows, the card games with him, Woody, Al, the Stolz ant Steele brothers and all the...Read More »
22 of 63 | Posted by: Scott Albers - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Lorie and family; I was stunned and deeply saddened by the news of Pete's passing. I considered him a brother from another mother. I offer each...Read More »
23 of 63 | Posted by: Greg Corrigan - Albion, MI

“Lorie,We are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of Pete. I think the first time we met him was when he sang with the Edge (we were self-proclaimed...Read More »
24 of 63 | Posted by: Teresa Durham - Battle Creek, MI

“Dear Lorie and Family,So sorry and shocked to learn of Pete's passing he was a good man and friend. He will be missed by all who knew him, we have...Read More »
25 of 63 | Posted by: Tim White - Battle Creek,, MI

“To Lorie and family, sending condolences and sincere sadness for your loss. May you find some comfort in the coming days in the joy and remembrance...Read More »
26 of 63 | Posted by: Dottie Eldred - Phoenix, AZ

“Pat, Mel, and all the Brady Clan -- Our hearts are with you in this heart breaking time. As always we wish you all the most heartfelt sympathy. ...Read More »
27 of 63 | Posted by: DAVID KYSER - Manor, TX - family

“I am so sorry for your loss. I'm from a large Irish family as well and know what his passing means to you all. He was a great guy and in time his...Read More »
28 of 63 | Posted by: Terrence Hunt - Battle Creek, MI

“Lorie, PJ, and the Brady family,Mom and I send our condolences, love, prayers, and support. We are so sorry for your loss. ”
29 of 63 | Posted by: Carol Laird - Battle. Creek, MI

“Lori I am Pete' s classmate from class of 71I wanted to share a memory from one of our get togethers that we had in these last years., it was at...Read More »
30 of 63 | Posted by: Mary Samulak - Battle Creek, MI

“I am so sorry for your loss. We have all lost a great man. I went to school for 12 years with Pete. I'm so blessed to have spent time with Pete at...Read More »
31 of 63 | Posted by: Sue Hosek (Wilcox) class of 1971 - MI

“I didn't see Pete again after moving from Battle Creek, however, the friendship we had after high school is one I cherished thru the years. He was a...Read More »
32 of 63 | Posted by: Mark Busby - Acquaintance

“Dear Lorie and family am very saddened to hear of Pete's passing and am sending you love and prayers .... am taking of you and all the good times so...Read More »
33 of 63 | Posted by: Marty Hill - Hubbard Lake, MI

“Lorie and family, we are so very sorry to hear the sad news of your husband's passing. May God be with you all at this most difficult time. Your...Read More »
34 of 63 | Posted by: Sally Fritz - Bossier City, LA

“ peace. Blessings to your family ”
35 of 63 | Posted by: Laura Stevens. (Ludwa) - CA

“Lorie, words cannot express how sad we are, for you and the kids. Warm hugs to you at this very very sad time. Love you ! ”
36 of 63 | Posted by: Laurie and mike Greenman

“Thinking of you, Lorie, during this incredible heartbreak. Keeping you in our thoughts and in our prayers. God Bless. Diane and Jim...Read More »
37 of 63 | Posted by: Diane Volstromer - Marshall, MI

“Pat and family. I am so sorry to hear about Pete. My thoughts and prayers for all of you. Family can get away from us so fast. I am sorry we lost...Read More »
38 of 63 | Posted by: Jackie Adams Wisswell - MI

“Lorie and family. Pete will be remembered for his calming manner and quick witt! He always had a smile. Hugs to you and for the family. Love,...Read More »
39 of 63 | Posted by: Sherry Cline - Stroudsburg, PA

“I'm sorry for your loss. Pete played a part in so many of my childhood memories. My mom adored him. He was at our dinner table for countless meals...Read More »
40 of 63 | Posted by: Tish Ferazzi - Fort Myers, FL

“What a lovely obituary. Pete sounds like an amazing family man and friend. I did not personally know Pete but am friends with his older sister Pat....Read More »
41 of 63 | Posted by: Nita Cretsinger - Battle Creek, MI

“My deepest condolences to the entire Brady family. It's with an aching heart I am writing this note.Pete was "one of the good guys" of this world...Read More »
42 of 63 | Posted by: Sean Kelly - Climax, MI - Friend

“Always one of my favorites at the youth soccer fields at Riverside when we were both there as our then much younger children played soccer. Pete...Read More »
43 of 63 | Posted by: Kathleen McGlynn - Battle Creek, MI

“To all of Pete's siblings and family, we offer our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of Pete. We hope all the good memories keep him with you till you...Read More »
44 of 63 | Posted by: Jeannie (Martell) and Bill Decker - MI

“Very sorry to hear of Peets passing I have lots of positive thoughts when I think of this guy. ”
45 of 63 | Posted by: Don Silvetdon - Alpena, MI

“Dear Pete,At Jimmy O'Donnell's funeral you delivered an amazing eulogy. I told you I wanted you to do mine too. I guess we don't get to decide such...Read More »
46 of 63 | Posted by: Jim Oliver - Marshall, MI

“Dear Lori, Pat, Sarah, Josh, and Leah and the entire Brady clan. It is with great sadness that I am writing this. Pete was a wonderful, husband,...Read More »
47 of 63 | Posted by: Susan Wood - Battle Creek, MI

“Mr. Brady was a wonderful inspiration and a amazing mentor for my daughter in elementary at Prairieview. We speak of him often and will miss him...Read More »
48 of 63 | Posted by: Dawn Arnold - Battle Creek, MI

“Condolences to the family of Pete Brady. I knew him as a kid and young man. He was a class act and will be missed. ”
49 of 63 | Posted by: Bill Rees - Battle Creek, MI

“Pete Brady will forever have a special place in my heart and soul. He has been a force in my life, with a spirit of kindness and passion that seemed...Read More »
50 of 63 | Posted by: Randy Davis - Friend

“Pete was a such an excellent surrogate father-figure to grow-up with on the farm. He coined my name 'Wolf Boy' after pillaging thru your larders ...Read More »
51 of 63 | Posted by: Luke Houser - Friend

“The Moon's are so very sorry to hear of this loss. Our Dads were good friends and Dad always enjoyed his fishing trips with Pete and Repeat.May you...Read More »
52 of 63 | Posted by: Beth Moon-Williamson - Albion, MI

“Sweet Lorie, I love you and can't believe Pete is gone! I am so sorry!! He was one of the most welcoming and loving man I've ever known. I have so...Read More »
53 of 63 | Posted by: Trish Blakeslew - Galesbueg, MI

“I am privileged to have worked along side Pete as a school social worker. He practiced with great passion and genuine concern for the most needy of...Read More »
54 of 63 | Posted by: Dean Worden - Battle Creek, MI

“I had the biggest crush on Pete when I was 12 years old. He was my hero as he "rescued" me and a friend one day. We were walking home from St. Phil...Read More »
55 of 63 | Posted by: Patti Bush Owen - Lexington, KY

“I'm so very sorry for your loss. Pete was one heck of a guy to work with at Prairieview School and enjoy as a friend. I will always remember telling...Read More »
56 of 63 | Posted by: Maria Ozzello - Battle Creek, MI

“The Lawrence family’s hearts are heavy for the Brady family’s loss of Pete. May the road rise up to meet you.May the wind always be at...Read More »
57 of 63 | Posted by: Theodore Lawrence - Battle Creek

“To the Wonderful Brady Clan:We will miss Pete but cherish his memories! We will honor him with a drink in our hand and a laugh at the times spent...Read More »
58 of 63 | Posted by: Joe and Rosie Burrill - VA

“My prayers go out to the Brady family. I remember your family with good thoughts. I always enjoyed going to your house or having one of the...Read More »
59 of 63 | Posted by: Cathy Kitchen Dittrich - OH

“Lori and family, Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May your memories help comfort you during this difficult time. Blessings to you all. ...Read More »
60 of 63 | Posted by: Brad and Jill Van Zyl - Hastings, MI

“The shock and sadness at so suddenly losing Peter, a 45-year friend, is beyond imaginable. Pete was an icon. A remarkably kind, intuitive, and...Read More »
61 of 63 | Posted by: Ginger Hentz - Battle Creek, MI

“Diana & family, all of you are in my prayers. May Pete rest in Peace. I am so sorry for your loss. ”
62 of 63 | Posted by: Patti Magers - Erie, PA - Friend

“Lorie, I am so sorry to hear this news. Thinking of you and your family. Love Tammy ”
63 of 63 | Posted by: Tamera Conley - Charlotte, MI

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Peter Richard "Pete" Brady, 67, of Battle Creek passed away peacefully while riding his bike on the trails at Fort Custer Recreational Park on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Pete was born November 27, 1952 in Battle Creek, Michigan, the son of Peter H. and Violet Marjorie (Adams) Brady. He grew up in Battle Creek and was a 1971 graduate of St. Philip Catholic Central. Pete attended Kellogg Community College and obtained his Bachelor's Degree from Western Michigan University. He then earned his Master's Degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Pete's career began at Starr Commonwealth where he was a Youth Specialist and eventually an Administrator for the Maple Village campus. In 1994, he continued his career as a social worker for Calhoun Intermediate School District. Later, he was employed at Lakeview Middle School, as well as Prairieview Elementary and finally retired after 30 years of caring for the children of Battle Creek.

He married Lorie Ann Emerson on September 21, 1991 at Starr Commonwealth's Chapel in the Woods. Pete was formerly married to Patricia Collopy Mullin. Surviving are his wife, Lorie; children, Josh Brady of Detroit, Sarah (Steve Osterhout) Brady of Kalamazoo, Leah (Travis) Sleight of Augusta, Peter Seamus Emerson Brady of Chicago, IL; three grandchildren, Abbigayle Brown, Ava Grace Sleight, Aidan Violet Sleight; siblings, Patricia (George) Beronja of Battle Creek, John (Sue) Brady of Saginaw, Diana (Haven) Hemmings of Winfield, TN, Kathleen (Tony) Black of Melbourne, FL, James (Thresa) Brady of Battle Creek, Mel (Ron) Beimers of Battle Creek, , Tom (Janet) Brady of Cocoa, FL, Joanne Strickland of Houston, TX; and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and their families. Pete was preceded in death by his parents; father- in-law, LaWayne Emerson; nephews, Colten Brady Beronja and Ricky Hemmings.

Pete found peace being outdoors. He believed in the connectedness of the natural world and made sure to be a part of that. He recently transformed a "flower pot" into a boat, restoring a 1960's Boston Whaler that he bought for $100 into his dream fishing boat. Pete hunted (but rarely shot), fished, hiked, traveled, and loved music. Pete was the original lead singer in the band "The Edge". More than anything, he loved his family, inspiring others, and helping children, especially those in need.

Pete was selfless, unconditionally loving, larger than life, and the light of our lives. He loved unequivocally and with his whole heart. He was charismatic, witty, funny, and loved to make others happy. He sang with a gleaming smile and Irish eyes that could light up the whole room. He was a master of words and used his music as the universal language of love. Pete was a connector of ALL people. He loved nothing more than bonding with his beloved family and friends and making sure that everyone was okay. He lived a wonderful life of integrity and did everything he could for those lucky enough to know him.

May we honor his spirit and allow his family, friends, and the world to heal, as Pete believed that anything was possible through the power of love.

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, visitation will be limited to 25 people at a time. Visitation will be held at Farley Estes Dowdle Funeral Home on Sunday, November 29th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. & 5:00-7:00 p.m. Due to the COVID-19 virus, a service will be held for Pete's family at 10:30 a.m. Monday, November 30, 2020 at the funeral home. To celebrate his life safely and in true Brady spirit, we invite family members and friends to watch with us, so we can be together as a whole family, which will be livestreamed and may be viewed at or you may also view it on the Farley Estes & Dowdle Funeral Home Facebook page. Inurnment will be held at Bosworth Cemetery in Walton Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to South Michigan Food Bank, 5451 Wayne Rd, Battle Creek, MI 49037. Personal messages for the family may be placed here at

The family has created a couple videos for you to enjoy.

Peter Brady at the Bob Armstrong Concert may be viewed at

Memorial Slideshow may be viewed at