Michael F. Brady
Michael Fields Brady, prominent Anchorage, Alaska, businessman, passed away on Oct. 5, 2016, from complications following surgery. He was born on May 24, 1952, in Anchorage, Territory of Alaska, to Ken and Dorothy Brady and was the eldest of seven children. His parents instilled a strong work ethic in Mike which prepared him well for life's challenges and adventures. He felt fortunate to be raised in Alaska and the outdoor lifestyle it provided. During his youth, Mike particularly enjoyed family weekends plying the waters of Resurrection Bay on "Ma's Mink II," "Adventurer" and "Brady Bunch." At a very young age Mike began his career working in the family business, Ken Brady Construction Company. His father was a strong believer in child labor and even while in elementary school Mike would spend summer days and occasional weekends on job sites. During the late '50s and early '60s, the company built numerous elementary schools in Anchorage and Mike would later tell friends that as a child he worked on Northwood Elementary during the summer and then attended the school in the fall. Mike graduated from West Anchorage High School in 1970, and attended Oregon State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1978. While in college, he worked as a laborer during the summers and after graduation he returned to Anchorage and took charge of the company's finances. In 1982, Mike, along with his brother, Tim, assumed control of the business. Over the next 30-plus years the brothers successfully completed numerous building projects throughout the state including: the Nesbitt Courthouse, Z.J. Loussac Library, Colony High School, Goldenview Middle School, The Dome, Kohls, Kendall Toyota and Wal-Marts in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Kodiak and Ketchikan. Mike was raised to understand the importance of supporting his industry and community and did so by serving as a management trustee for the Alaska Laborer-Employers Trust from 1995 to 2016; and as a board member of the Anchorage Economic Development Corporation from 1992 to 2006 and as chairman in 1996-1997. He was also a past director of the Associated General Contractors of Alaska and a vice president of AGC Safety Inc. He was also a strong supporter of youth sports, sponsoring numerous football, baseball, basketball and hockey teams through the years. His passion for boats and spending time on the water as a child extended to adulthood with many weekends spent in Prince William Sound with Lissa and friends aboard the "49'er" and later the "Aqua Vitae." In recent years, Mike and Lissa spent as much time as they could at their winter home in Tucson, Ariz., and especially enjoyed holidays there with family. Mike was preceded in death by his father, Kenneth L. Brady; and sister, Kathleen Brady. Mike leaves his fiancee, Lissa Budrow; her children, Genessa (Jon), Nicholas and Alexia (Daniel); as well as Lissa's two grandchildren. He also leaves his mother, Dorothy Brady; brothers, Pat (Tina), Tim (Betty), Casey (Deborah) and Kevin (Keri); sister, Kelly (Dave); and many nieces and nephews. A Tribute and Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, at 4 p.m. at the Hotel Captain Cook, 939 West 5th Avenue in Anchorage. The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, friends consider a contribution in Michael Brady's name to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Alaska: 2300 West 36th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99517.
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