“Hoist One For Harry Too”
Harry Joseph Brady, age 90, of McHenry left this world on the 4th of July, 2006. Fitting. He was given his legal birth and name through adoption by Roy and Julia Brady somewhere near La Porte, Indiana. Hard to tell anything else about his beginning. That never bothered Harry.
He grew up on the northwest side of Chicago, scrapping through the Prohibition and Depression years with his grandmother, aunts, and his wits. His early education was a little of this and a little of that — newsboy, busboy, stock boy, and packer boy of newspapers, catalogs, and magazines printed by huge printing presses. This grew into his main career running those presses as union pressman with Chicago Rotoprint Company from 1940 to 1980, producing the first editions of Playboy in 1955.
Harry was a WWII veteran, having served with the U.S. Navy in the Pacific Theatre, honorable discharge in 1946. Brokaw had it right.
Harry read everything from tasty “Lolita’s” to sawdust law books. This no doubt along with his earthy humor accounted for his 1957 election as first justice of the peace (until 1964) of newly incorporated Lakemoor, later elected as Trustee (until the mid 70’s). Along with his jovial beers–scotch too– Harry served as area State Liquor Inspector (58-59), courtesy of a democratic governor and his fidelity to the sparse Democrats of McHenry County. He never left them.
To Harry, his truest and proudest accomplishments were clear; his marriage to his loving with, Othele Rose (Hlavacek) in 1937, his sons Terry (Debbie), and Jim (Donna), granddaughters, Tara (Josh) Vinlove, Dana, and his great granddaughter, Brady Vinlove (6mo.).
He was proud too of his faithful membership of 56 years with St. Mary’s Church, McHenry. Harry was a lifelong smoker, joker, golfer and gabber. He could play and piffle with the greater and the lesser. He hated puffery and pretense; he lived simple and straight. Buy him one, he buys you one. Stiff him one, he never talks to you again. Unless you made it up.
All said and done, Harry loved his wife, his family, his country, and his God. He also loved a good time. So if you hoist one now and then, hoist one for Harry too. Red would.
Visitation will be held Thursday, July 6, 2006 from 5:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. at the George R. Justen & Son Funeral Home, 3519 W. Elm St., McHenry.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 7, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 1401 N. Richmond Road, McHenry.
Interment will in St. Mary’s Cemetery, McHenry.
Memorials in his name can be directed to St. Mary’s Church.
On-line condolences can be sent to the family at www.justenfh.com For information, call the funeral home at 815-385-2400.