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Sheila Brady Nair, 74, registered nurse, daughter of well-known Buffalo scholar

July 27, 1943 – Jan. 2, 2018

Sheila Brady Nair, a registered nurse, died Jan. 2 from injuries suffered in a head-on collision with a truck six miles from her longtime home in New Bethlehem, Pa. She was 74.

Born in Buffalo, one of six children, the former Sheila Belinda Brady was the daughter of Charles A. Brady, author, literary critic and longtime professor of English at Canisius College, and M. Eileen Larson Brady, a dairy scientist and bacteriologist.

She was the sister of former Buffalo News columnist Karen Brady.

She grew up in Kenmore, attended St. John the Baptist Elementary School and was a 1961 graduate of Mount St. Mary Academy. After earning her nursing degree in the Sisters Hospital School of Nursing in 1964, she was a registered nurse at Sisters Hospital.

In 1966, she married Donald A. Nair, then the first lay dean of students at Canisius College. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1968 when he took a post at Clarion State College, now Clarion University of Pennsylvania.

She and her husband lived for many years at Jack Run Farm near New Bethlehem and renovated the farmhouse, one of the oldest houses in Clarion County.

In the early 1980s, she founded The Thread Homestead, a monogramming and embroidery business with customers in Pennsylvania and Western New York.

Her handiwork is seen in medical offices and restaurants and on football uniforms.

She also served as a visiting nurse and a nurse volunteer during the New Bethlehem flood of 1996.

In addition to her husband, survivors include a son, Brendan D.; three daughters, Bridget Nair Gunter, Belinda Nair Monek and Dr. Bronwyn Nair Cain; two sisters, Karen Brady Borland and Moira Brady Roberts; two brothers, Erik L. Brady and Kevin C. Brady; and seven grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial was offered last Saturday in St. Charles Catholic Church, New Bethlehem.

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