Submitted by his Family
Paul Ryan Brady was born on May 17‚ 1964 at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset. He was the son of Frank A. Brady‚ Jr. and Helen Ryan Brady. After graduating from St. Mary’s High School in Manhasset‚ Paul earned a bachelor of art’s degree from St. John’s University in 1987. On Sept. 27‚ 1997 Paul married Lisa L. Humberston‚ daughter of William and Mary Louise Humberston of Pittsburgh‚ Pa. Soon thereafter‚ Paul and Lisa bought their first house in Malverne. Throughout his life‚ Paul remained very active; he climbed Mount Rainer in the state of Washington and finished several 100 mile bicycling events to raise money for various charities. When he wasn’t busy lending a hand at the firehouse‚ or training for an upcoming bicycle ride or climb‚ Paul devoted his time to doing work around his home‚ a hobby which filled him with pride. Paul was a familiar sight walking his two favorite dogs around Malverne.
After joining the Malverne Fire Department‚ Paul quickly became friends with the entire membership. He always had a smile on his face‚ and was usually one of the first men to arrive to calls in the middle of the night. A classic rock buff‚ it was often typical for Paul to arrive at the firehouse wearing a 15 year old t-shirt from a rock concert he had attended. These t-shirts quickly became one of Paul’s trademarks‚ and many Malverne Fire Department members still proudly wear some of Paul’s t-shirts today. Paul took great pleasure in his work at the firehouse‚ and in spending time with the other members. He was always willing to lend a hand to anyone who needed it‚ or to share one of his beloved home-made microbrews with a brother firefighter at a party. No member of the Malverne Fire Department family would dispute the fact that one of the best Memorial Day BBQ’s ever to take place at the firehouse was run by none other than Paul Brady. As with any task‚ Paul put his whole heart and soul into the project‚ hiring a band and meticulously planning the menu so that everyone in attendance would have a great time. It was truly one of the best gatherings the Department ever shared together‚ and Paul enjoyed every minute of it.
On the morning of July 30th‚ 2006‚ Paul reported to the firehouse to do a routine inspection on the truck for which he was the Department mechanic. Paul accidentally fell off of the truck and was treated immediately by his brother firefighters and rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately‚ Paul succumbed to his injuries later that day.
Paul is sorely missed in Malverne and in the firehouse. His happy-go-lucky attitude‚ his big smile‚ his open heart and his great sense of humor will never be replaced; nor will his unwavering commitment to his duty as a firefighter‚ a duty he fulfilled with pride.