Josephine Brady, a former resident of Levittown, died Friday, Oct. 17, of cancer in Florida. she was 53.
Brady worked as an executive secretary for many years at Bendix Corporation in New York City. More recently she worked for the former Grumman Corporation. Her last assignment was administrator to Harry Volz, the Grumman corporate director of security. "Josephine's vibrant personality made her a delight to work with, and she always handled her responsibilities with the utmost discretion and competence," Mr. Volz said. She had a position of trust and responsibility that made her privy to the most discreet and sensitive information about the company and the country."
Ms. Brady was recognized by the Secretary of Defense for the work she did for the National Industrial Security Program.
Ms. Brady was very involved in community volunteer work. She was an active member of the Grumman CareCats, a community service volunteer organization and belonged to many animal rescue groups including Last Hope, the League for Animal Protection and the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of LI. Her free time was often spent trapping stray cats and having them spayed and neutered. She could often be found volunteering on weekends at the local animal shelters and pet stores trying to place pets in home.
Dr. Bridget Brooke, medical director of the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and friend of Josephine Brady, said, "Rarely are we graced with people who are as boundless in their efforts to salvage the helpless. Jo's efforts, compassion and, especially her humor, will strengthen all of us in animal protection."
Ms. Brady relocated to Coconut Creek, FL, in October 1996.
She is survived by her nephew, Sean Weber. A memorial service was held Nov. 8 at St. Bede's Episcopal Church in Syosset. Donations may be made to the Josephine Brady Memorial Fund, c/o Last Hope, Inc., P.O. Box 61, Syosset, NY 11791.