October 2, 1937 ~ June 11, 2022

Born in: Whitestone, NY
Resided in: Coram, NY

Former NYC Fire Marshall.
Beloved Husband of Joan.
Loving Father of Suzanne (Michael) Brady-Kelly, Laura (John) Brady-Krause & Wendy Brady-Reagan.
Adored Grandfather of Michael (kim), Valerie (Ted), Melanie & Mark.
Devoted Great Grandfather of Jack.
Brother of Mary Murphy.


Visitation: June 18, 2022 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

Second Visitation: June 18, 2022 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Branch Funeral Home of Miller Place
551 Route 25A

View current weather.

Memories Timeline

View the Timeline


  1. candleLisa and Steven are thinking of their dear friend Joan. You and Gene are like family to us, and it hurts us during times like this, that we are so far apart. We will never forget the fun our families experienced living across from one another. Having fireman Gene across the street, was like having a rock star. He was bigger than life, and could do so many things! The boy from Queens “done good”, saved lives, and will be forever in our hearts. Corinne and Larry are saving a place at the table for him up in heaven.

    • Thank you Lisa. Yes, we were like family all thru these many years.
      I know that your Mom and Dad greeted Gene, probably your Dad on trumpet and your Mom with a big hug. God Bless the three of them, together again.

      • candleGene was like my second Dad growing up in East Meadow. So many laughs with my parents. He thought me all about building things and gave me some of his tools which I still have. He gave me 100 bucks for my crashed up 1967 Mustang and got it running and raced it at the Freeport Raceway and won! Then gave it a final send-off in the Demolition Derby! Rest In Peace Gene Brady! You’re partying with my Mom and Dad! May You Rest In Eternal Peace. You will be sorely missed by all that knew you.

  2. All the love you and Gene created is still there. All the memories are still there. Gene will live on in hearts of everyone he has touched and nurtured while he was here. Our hearts will be with you Saturday as you celebrate his life.

    Evelyn and Marshall Ferguson

    • Thank you, we shared so many good times and visits together, our trips together, he loved you both so very much.❤️

  3. Gene will forever be in our hearts. We adored listening to Gene’s storytelling and spending time with him and his endless treasures and collectables. We love you so much Joanie!

  4. candle 
    Dear Grandpa,

    I’ve always known I’d have the honor to speak of you when the time came, however I’ve decided to write you thisletter instead. I’d like to begin by telling you how grateful I am to have had the privilege of knowing you for 35 years. From the first year of my life until the age of 10, I was lucky enough to live under the same roof as you. I’m not sure if I ever said it, but you were a vital father figure for me throughout that decade. I have so many fond memories of us putzing around the house doing chores together, not really knowing then that they’d have a tremendous impact on my life down the road. One of my favorite memories is sitting with you downstairs in the Holbrook house on your La-Z-Boy while you’d quiz me on all the MLB and NHL teams. You would give me the initials of the city and team name and I’d have to guess who it was. Repeating this night after night with the Rangers or Yankees game on in the background helped mold me into the sports fanatic I am today! Thank you for that. I’ll also never forget the iconic “fort” you built in our backyard. I have so many amazing memories playing with my friends in that masterpiece! What child has a structure like that, dominating a significant portion of the yard? I did! Let’s not forget the time you and I spent the night on top in a tent. From what I remember there wasn’t much sleep to be had that evening! Lastly, exploring every square inch of Connetquot State Park. There are things I remember from those walks that I’ll cherish forever.
    Moving forward to later on in life, I can’t tell you how thankful I am that you supported me in everything I did. More specifically showing up to every single one of my baseball games! I always felt so proud knowing you were somewhere in the stands, outfield, foul line, etc. watching every pitch. You’d even keep stats for me. Most kids will never know that kind of love and dedication. It will be my honor to pass that along to my son.
    Throughout college, meeting my eventual wife, and then moving to Florida, you’ve been by my side. I know at first you didn’t like the idea of me moving away, it definitely stung a bit not seeing you basically every week like we were both used to. However, you knew it was in my best interest and supported me every step of the way. I even still have the map in which you drew out and highlighted the best route for my journey down. Even though it was 2013 and GPS was well established by then, the fact that you did that for us is just another fine example of the type of person you were.
    Finally, I want to thank you for hanging in there until our son Jackson was born. I wish he had the chance to meet his great grandpa, but knowing that you at least saw his pictures and heard about the first week of his life means the world to me. I have to believe the fact that you passed on his anticipated due date means something in the grand scheme of things. If he grows up with your character, work ethic, and intelligence, he will be sure to have a long successful life! I can’t wait to tell him all about the hero firefighter his great grandpa was. I’m excited to show him your old helmet, badges, and plaques, and tell him all the stories you told me about them. Why do you think I asked you for them? 
    I’m very proud to have had the honor of being your grandson. Selfishly we will dearly miss you, but I know you’re in a better place chasing a couple Crown Royal shots with an ice-cold Budweiser.
    I love you very much. 
    Your grandson,


    • Michael,
      Your words in memory and tribute to Granpa are beautiful. You are the son he never had.
      He loved you so much, and Kim, and was so blessed in that he stayed long enough to see pictures
      of your son Jack, his first great-grandchild during the first days after Jack’s birth.
      He was so proud of you, Michael.

Sign the Guestbook, Light a Candle

Sign the Guestbook