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Norman Brady, 95, World War II pilot, volunteer administrator at hospital in Kenya

Jan. 15, 1923 – June 25, 2018

Norman Brady and his wife Jean got to know the Fathers at the Consolata Mission Center near their home in Amherst and, in 1988, they needed a nurse for Wamba Catholic Mission Hospital, which they operated in the mountains of central Kenya.

Mrs. Brady, who had been a registered nurse at Sisters Hospital, volunteered to work in the hospital clinic. Mr. Brady, who had just retired, decided to join her. They sold all their possessions and left for Africa.

“My father went there with no plans,” said his son, Mark. “But when he got there, the director of the hospital put him to work and he eventually became chief administrative officer.”

Mr. Brady died Monday in Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital, Amherst. He was 95.

His appointment at Wamba originally was for two years, his son said, then was extended for a third year.

After the Bradys returned to Amherst, they supported and volunteered for St. Luke’s Mission of Mercy, the Buffalo Rainbow Coalition, Harvest House, Consolata Missions and the St. John Newman Mission.

Born in Providence, R.I., Mr. Brady served in the Army Air Forces in World War II. During cadet training at the University of Buffalo, he met Jean Wopperer and they were married in 1946.

But first he was deployed to Europe and flew 23 missions as a B-24 bomber pilot with the 826th Squadron of the 484th Bombardment Group.

He returned to Buffalo and went to work for American Airlines, hoping to become a pilot on passenger flights. However, his son said, with many military pilots returning to the civilian workforce, “he realized piloting was not going to be in his future.”

Mr. Brady joined the company founded by his father-in-law, Frontier Industrial Insulation Contractors. In the 1950s, he and Edward Ketterer, his longtime friend and brother-in-law, established a subsidiary business, Industrial Insulation Sales, which now serves commercial clients domestically and around the world.

After 35 years as manager of the company, he retired in 1988. One of his sons, Larry, currently is president and another son, Dennis, is vice president.

Survivors also include three other sons, Michael, Timothy and David; two daughters, Anne Ziarnowski and Maureen Mosack; 19 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, June 30, in St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 200 St. Gregory Court at Maple Road, Amherst.

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