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Brady Remembered as Fearless and Brave

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WASHINGTON DC - Former Press Secretary and longtime Sussex County local James Brady was remembered in Washington Friday morning, bringing back fond memories for those on Delmarva. Friends, colleagues, and many of the washington elite, including Vice President Joe Biden spoke at the memorial, which took place at the Newseum. 

Brady passed away in August at the age of 73, more than three decades after a bullet almost took his life in an assassination attempt on Former President Ronald Reigan.  

Biden said that Brady's personality could fill up a room. 

"Such incredible passion," he said. "A rage born out of love." 

Biden said the most admirable part about Brady was that he turned the tragic and debilitating injury into a cause worth fighting for. 

"The bullet of that would be assassin left him robbed of so many of his faculties," he said. "Like so many other victims of gun violence. But it didn't rob him of his voice." 

For many decades Brady lived in Dewey Beach with his wife Sarah. Former Mayor of Dewey Beach Bob Frederick said he will always cherish his time spent with Brady. 

"I spent a lot of time right here on these decks," he said as he walked WBOC by Brady's old home. "If you can imagine a small town mayor getting advise from a presidential press secretary." 

Frederick used a lot of words to describe Brady, all of which were positive. Among the long list of positive characteristics, he jumped to fearless, kind, brave, and most of all funny. 

"One of my favorite stories is," he said. "And I think the rumor is still alive today. Jim would call from his house. And get a pizza delivered. And of course when they would always end it, they would ask for his name. And he would say Cal Ripkin. And I think to this day, people still think Cal Ripken was here. Which I don't think he ever was."

This sense of humor is something that neighbor Sandra Smith remembers well. 

"Jim was a very gregarious man," she said. 

Smith said that despite his debilitating injury, Brady was never bitter. 

"He never complained," she said. "He was a person who was very positive and optimistic. And you would have never have known anything ever happened to him. And I think he was a lesson to us all." 

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