Good Shepherd’s Monsignor Thomas Brady Passes Away After Bout With Cancer

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Courtesy of Good Shepherd

Monsignor Thomas Brady, the beloved former pastor of Marine Park’s Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church (1943 Brown Street), passed away Monday evening after more than half a century as a man of the cloth.

Brady lost a long battle with an unspecified form of cancer, said Reverend James Devlin, who succeeded Brady in leading the Good Shepherd parish. Brady passed away at approximately 11:00 p.m. Monday. He was 78 years old, and known to be suffering from lung cancer and had been the victim of several strokes.

“He was very beloved. He served. He was always here for people when they needed him,” Devlin said of Brady. “He was the retired pastor when I arrived and I certainly realized how very much loved he was by the people of the parish.”

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Serving at the local church for more than 22 years, Brady was known as a committed member of the community, developing outreach programs and strengthening the ties between the church and the larger Marine Park neighborhood.

“In our interactions he was always very, very nice, very hospitable, and very community-minded,” said Councilman Lew Fidler. “He was always looking out for ways that Good Shepherd’s members could benefit from community involvement, and he always made me feel welcome when I came to Good Shepherd.”

He served as principal of the Good Shepherd School in addition to leading the parish. Brady resigned in June of 2009, suffering from increasing health ailments.

But the final years of Brady’s life did not pass in peace. In addition to wrestling with the effects of chemotherapy and strokes, Brady was put on administrative leave in 2011 after two teenage students from the school alleged the respected pastor had attempted “inappropriate sexual contact.” Members of the community rallied around Brady and expressed their disbelief, and a defiant parish dedicated their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony to the embattled monsignor amid the controversy.

Ultimately, a grand jury reviewed the complaints and determined them insufficient to merit a criminal complaint.

After returning from administrative leave, Brady remained as a pastor emeritus at the church until his death on Monday. He is survived by nephews and nieces.

A wake for Monsignor Thomas Brady will be held at Marine Park Funeral Home at 3024 Quentin Road on Monday, April 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The funeral home can be reached at (718) 339-8900.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Little Sisters of the Poor (Queen of Peace Residence). Donations can be made at 10-30 221st Street, Queens Village, NY 11429-2597, or by calling (718) 464-1800.

Correction (March 29, 2013 at 8:10 p.m.): The above article originally stated that Brady had served as the principal of Good Shepherd School. That was inaccurate. He had served as rector-principal of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst.

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  1. so sorry to hear of Msgr. Brady’s passing. He dedicated his life to God & His church.
    May he rest in peace.

  2. LIARS??? Really. Veteran Brooklyn sex case squad detectives believed them. The DA believed them. Were the boys that cunning to fool everyone? NO. I don’t think so. Unfortunately Brady had a very dear close personal friend in Charles Hynes. The Staten Island DA pretended they wanted an indictment but steered the grand jury away from one. Smells of Hynes all over this one. Why did the Paperelli kid waffle? Guess he likes his position. All is still not well over at the G.S. Church/school. Investigation? What investigation? Not much of one was there? Why? Some heavy hitters doing favors. I don’t mean to cause harm to his family right now but don’t put shit up about the children that they were liars. You don’t know what you are saying.

  3. To heddit…You are grossly misinformed. I heard firsthand from a mother of a Good Shepherd student whose son was bullied by another student in the school within the last school year. The bully was queried by GSS administration and denied instigating the bullying, when in fact he incited others to join him in their reign of terror on this boy. By the way, wait for it, this same punk is 1 of the 2 punks who manifested the fallacious charges of abuse against out Monsignor. The punk’s credibility is now equivalent to a piece of dung in a toilet bowl. Monsignor was falsely accused and his record at Good Shepherd is otherwise unblemished. The obvious reason why our Monsignor was never charged was simple, as the claims by the boys against Him were contrived and perhaps encouraged by his parents looking for a payout windfall? The case against Monsignor had zero credibility and truth from its inception.

  4. Barkingspider: were you there? Monsignor Brady was an amazing man. It’s hard to imagine what prompted these children to make such allegations, since there are no winners in this scenario, but their allegations were untrue. And that’s well known in the community. It’s why charges were dropped. It had nothing to do with Hynes. The charges were false. Let the man rest in peace.

  5. wait, i read it wrong. Sorry Barking spider! I meant to reply to Heddit!!! Accept my apology (i cant’ delete my post!). We agree that Msgr Brady was a lovely, holy man.

  6. I knew Fr Thomas F Brady @ Cathedral Prep when it was in Brooklyn. He never showed any sign of inappropriate conduct. We the students loved him. I personally find it hard to believe. I also go to Good Shepherd. Also remember that Fr Brady is human with faults. Although I can’t believe it happened. I could be wrong. God bless Fr Brady. He is in God’s merciful hands.

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