CHARDON - Harry Lester "Les" Brady, 93, formerly of Howland, passed away peacefully Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, at the Heather Hill Care Communities after an extended illness.
He was born Dec. 3, 1919, in West Union, W.Va., the son of the late Dennis and Dorotha Costilow Brady.
Les retired as a conductor from the B&O Railroad after 40 years. He also owned Brady and Minton Construction in the 1950s. He was a graduate of Howland High School in 1937 and served as a sergeant in the U.S. Army during World War II.
He was a volunteer at the Trumbull County Red Cross and United Way, having received the IB "Jim" Taylor Award for community service. He was a 32nd-degree member of the Masons and was a past master of Carroll F. Clapp Lodge 655 F&AM, past president of the Trumbull Shrine and member of Morning Light Chapter 80 OES.
He would travel to remote lakes and areas in Canada and the U.S. to hunt and fish and enjoyed going to his hunting camp in Tionesta, Pa. Les loved to travel, mostly with the Central Christian Church Choir. He was a member of Central Christian Church, Warren. He was also a skilled cabinet maker and built many projects for the church, Trumbull County Red Cross Chapter House and Children's Rehabilitation Center.
Cherished memories are left behind with daughters Susan (David) Faulkner of Carbondale, Colo., and Tamara (Alec) Pendleton of Cleveland; sons Glenn (Fayth) Brady of Huffman, Texas, and Philip (Rhonda) Brady of Orange, Texas; granddaughters Leslie Neal, Jamie (Joe) Kopacz, Samantha Pendleton, Allie (Demian) Bigelow and Rachel Brady; grandsons Cameron (Michelle) Green, Sean (Brandi) Brady, Jeremy Brady and Joshua Brady; great-grandchildren Junell Neal, Tee Jay Neal, Abby Green, Molly Green, Ashley Mack, Zach Mack, Isabelle Kopacz, Lia Kopacz, Bronwyn Scharsu, Zachary Bigelow, Owen Brady, Heavenly Brady, Logan Brady and Cheyenne Brady; and a brother, Hugh V. Brady of Manistique, Mich.
He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 71 years, Glenna (Jackson) Brady Aug. 13, 2010; brothers Charles Brady, John Brady, Reed Brady and H. Dexter Brady; and a sister, Alice Marlin.
Visitation will be 4:30 until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and one hour prior to the services Wednesday at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, Warren. Carroll F. Clapp Lodge 655 F&AM will hold Masonic services Tuesday following the visitation. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the McFarland & Son Funeral Home, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, with the Rev. Steven Brown from Central Christian Church officiating. Committal services and internment will follow in Crown Hill Burial Park, where military honors by the American Legion Post 540 will be presented.
Material contributions may be made in his honor to the Central Christian Church, 2051 E. Market St., Warren, OH 44483.
Arrangements are entrusted to McFarland & Son Funeral Services, 271 N. Park Ave., Warren, OH 44481, 330-393-9621. Visit McFarlandCares.com to view this obituary, send condolences or to order flowers.