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BRADY NAIR, Sheila, RN
NAIR - Sheila, RN (nee Brady) January 2, 2018, in an auto collision six miles from her home of nearly half a century, Jack Run Farm, in New Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She was 74, a registered nurse and the proprietor of The Thread Homestead, a monogramming and embroidery business she had operated for the past 36 years. Born in Buffalo and brought up in Kenmore, the former Sheila Belinda Brady was a daughter of the late Charles A. Brady, author, literary critic and longtime professor of English at Canisius College, and the late M. Eileen Larson Brady, a dairy scientist and bacteriologist. Sheila was a graduate of St. John the Baptist Elementary School and Mount St. Mary Academy, in Kenmore, as well as the Class of 1964 of the former Sisters Hospital School of Nursing. She worked as a registered nurse at Sisters Hospital before moving to Clarion, Pennsylvania, two years after her 1966 marriage to Donald A. Nair, PhD, then the first lay dean of students at Canisius College and later Vice President for student affairs and professor at Clarion University. Sheila and Don soon moved to New Bethlehem's Jack Run Farm, renovating its farmhouse, one of the oldest in Clarion County. She also served as a visiting nurse as well as a nurse volunteer during the New Bethlehem flood of 1996. She founded The Thread Homestead in the early 1980s and the business flourished with customers not only in Pennsylvania football country but also in Western New York - with Sheila's handiwork still seen today on the uniforms of local sports teams, restaurants and medical offices. But her greatest focus was always on her four children - Brendan D. (Jessica Mejias-Nair) Nair, now of Winter Garden, Florida; Bridget Nair (Steve) Gunter, O.D. of Ligonier, Pennsylvania; Belinda Nair (Daniel) Monek of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, and Bronwyn Nair (Daniel) Cain, M.D. of Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Besides her husband and children, Sheila is survived by seven adored grandchildren, Noah B. and Nicole G. Nair; Katia E. and Corinne B. Gunter; Liam D. Monek, and Eleana "Ellie" and Kieran D. Cain. Also surviving are four siblings: Karen Brady (late Jack Quinn) Borland of Amherst; Moira Brady (late John R.) Roberts of Buffalo; Erik L. (Carol Stevens) Brady of Arlington, Virginia, and Kevin C. (Helen) Brady of Buffalo, as well as many nieces and nephews. A sister, Kristin M. (Richard Hillman, PhD) Brady, PhD, died in 1998. Sheila was, to all, a woman of great beauty and compassion who found humor in almost everything - and was never above a bit of mischief. She will be missed beyond belief. A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11 a.m. Saturday in St. Charles Roman Catholic Church in New Bethlehem. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Lupus Foundation of America at lupus.org and asks that Sheila's many friends perform the acts of kindnesses, never random, for which she will always be known.