Donald “Zippy” Brady, 87, of Millsboro, Del., formerly of Claymont, Del., passed away peacefully at his home, surrounded by his loving family, on Friday, Sept. 28, 2018. He was born in Wilmington, Del., on Sept. 26, 1931, son of the late Charles Edward Brady Sr. and Elizabeth Jane (McNamara) Brady.
Brady graduated from Claymont High School in 1951 and then served his country in the U.S Marine Corps from 1951 to 1953 during the Korean War. He worked as a welder with the DuPont Company before his retirement in 1985, with 28 years of service.
Brady was a lifetime member of the American Legion Post 28 in Millsboro; a member of AMVETS Post 2 in Millsboro and the Cape Henlopen Elks Lodge 2540 in Lewes, Del.; and enjoyed meeting with his friends and his previous coworkers once a month in the Claymont area in their self-named group, ROMEO. Brady had been coming to the Long Neck area since the late 1950s and enjoyed his retirement living near the water, where he loved to boat and fish.
In addition to his parents, Brady was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Edward Brady Jr., and two sisters, Frances Smith and Catherine “Dolly” Sorrels. He is survived by his loving wife of 27 years, Florence P. (Drake) Brady; a sister, Anna Reiter of Wilmington, Del.; four children, Alexandra and her husband, George, of Brookhaven, Pa., Kimberly Maher and her husband, Larry, of Millsboro, Keith Clements and his wife, Maureen, of Georgetown, Del., and Nikki Morrison and her husband, Rob, of Wilmington, Del.; 11 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family thanked all the staff of VITAS for all the loving care and support they provided.
A committal service with military honors will be held at 10 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 5, 2018, at the Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Millsboro, Del. His celebration of life will follow at 11 a.m. at the American Legion Post 28, 31768 Legion Road, Millsboro, Del. In lieu of flowers, the family suggested memorial contributions to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital at www.stjude.org and American Legion Post 28; 31768 Legion Rd.; Millsboro, DE 19966. Condolences may be sent online at www.melsonfuneralservices.com.