Ronald L. Brady, 70, of Bellevue, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in University Hospital in Cleveland due to complications following open heart surgery.
He was born Jan. 15, 1944, in Sandusky where he lived until he moved to Bellevue in 1973. He graduated from Sandusky High School in 1962. He received an Associate of Business Administration degree in 1964, and a Bachelor of Commercial Science degree in 1968 from Tiffin University.
He was a member of the President’s Club at Tiffin University. He was a life member and former secretary of Phi Theta Pi International Commerce Fraternity. In 1989 he received a Certified Financial Planner Degree from the College for Financial Planning in Denver. He held licenses with the Board of Certified Financial Planners, National Association of Securities Dealers, Ohio Department of Insurance, and the Ohio Department of Securities. In 1965, at the age of 21, he became an agent for John Hancock Insurance Company. In his first year with John Hancock he was the youngest agent in the history of John Hancock to become a member of the John Hancock President’s Club. He was awarded a lifetime membership in the John Hancock President’s Club in 1976. He earned eight appointments to the John Hancock President’s Cabinet from 1976 to 1984 and was inducted into the John Hancock Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1999 he retired from John Hancock with 34 years of distinguished service and became an Independent Certified Financial Planner with Berthel Fisher and Company of Marion, Iowa.
Ronald was a member of Immaculate Conception Church. He was a 3rd Degree member of the Bellevue Counsel 752 of Knights of Columbus and a 4th Degree member of the Sandusky Bishop Machebeuf General Assembly 813 of the Knights of Columbus. He served for 15 years on the Immaculate Conception Church Finance Committee, being chairman for the last three years. He was a past member of the Rotary Club of Bellevue, serving on the board of directors and as club secretary treasurer for eight years. He served on the Bellevue Rotary Commons Board of Directors and was secretary for four years. The Rotary Club of Bellevue honored him for his years of service as a Paul Harris Fellow of the Rotary Foundation. He was a member of the Sandusky Yacht Club.
He was an avid horseman, raising and showing Appaloosa horses for many years from his Indian Acres Appaloosa Farm on Portland Road. He was a former member of the Ohio Appaloosa Horse Association and the Great Lakes Appaloosa Horse Association.
He was preceded in death by his father, Homer L. Brady, and his mother, Lucille M. (Stouffer) Brady, and infant daughter, Jennifer Brady.
He is survived by his wife, Janet Fox Brady, of Bellevue; son, Aaron R. Brady, of Cortland, Ohio; daughter, Kelly (William) Brady Uhl, of Dayton, Ohio; brother, Richard Brady, of Kennewick, Wsh.; and four grandsons, William Uhl III, Brady Uhl, Charlie Uhl and Joe Uhl, all of Dayton.
Visiting hours will be 3-7 p.m. Monday, June 2, at Auxter Funeral Home, 1105 Castalia St., Bellevue. His Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, June 3, at Immaculate Conception Church, 231 E. Center St, Bellevue. The Rev. Jonathan Wight will officiate. Burial will be in Saint Paul’s Catholic Cemetery, Norwalk.
Memorials can be made, if desired, to Tiffin University in his honor or to Immaculate Conception School.
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