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May 30, 1958 April 10, 2018
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Obituary for BRIAN "MAC" BRADY

Long-time Marquette resident Brian (Mac) Brady entered eternal life on April 10, 2018 after a six-month battle with Giant Cell Arteritis.

Brian was born in Manistique, Michigan in 1958. He graduated from Manistique High School in 1976 and attended what was then called Suomi College in Hancock. He would later earn his undergraduate degree in conservation and a graduate degree in public administration from Northern Michigan University.

Brian held positions with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality from 1987-2010. He served a number of years as the Air Quality Supervisor for the DEQ’s Upper Peninsula Office. In the final summer of his life, he worked as a commercial fisherman in Alaska.

When not at work, Brian enjoyed carpentry, hunting, fishing and telling stories. He was very good at all four. Brian was also an excellent chef and served on the board of the Marquette Food Co-Op for many years.

Brian was best known for his love of the outdoors. His skill and patience as a sportsman were rewarded season after season including a massive 14-point buck and a nice 11-pointer (see photo) taken on public land without bait in Marquette County. He was equally effective when it came to catching trophy-size fish. He frequently caught and released large fish of all species including a 48-inch northern pike caught in the U.P.

Brian was also generous in sharing his deep knowledge about hunting and fishing. He often volunteered as a fishing guide for “Becoming an Outdoors Woman” events held throughout the U.P. He loved taking kids fishing as well.

Two of Brian’s favorite authors were Aldo Leopold and Henry David Thoreau. The following, is one of Brian’s favorite quotes from Leopold’s classic, A Sand County Almanac. “To what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map.” Thoreau famously wrote, “I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not when I came to die, discover that I had not lived.” Brian Dean Brady lived most of his life outdoors and very close to nature. By Thoreau’s measuring stick, he most certainly “lived.”

Brian is survived by his father Hugh Brady of Manistique, his older brother Larry Brady of Manistique, his younger brother Dwight (Sharon) Brady of Marquette and his son Jordan (Sue) Wuorinen and their four children Evelyn, Elise, Lena and Sadie all from the Grand Rapids area. He is also survived by three nieces and four nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother Audrey (Burgin) Brady in 2013.

A memorial service and celebration of Brian’s life will be held 11 am on Saturday, April 28th at the Redeemer Presbyterian Church, 310 Main Street in Manistique, Michigan.

You can share your thoughts and share Brian’s obituary with others by going to the Canale- Tonella Funeral Home’s website at You can also send flowers or make a donation to the Arthritis Foundation or the Vasculitis Foundation in Brian’s name through the Canale Tonella Funeral Home as well.


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11:00 AM 4/28/2018 11:00:00 AM
Redeemer Presbyterian Church

310 Main Street
Manistique, MI 49854

Redeemer Presbyterian Church
310 Main Street Manistique 49854 MI
United States

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