Those of you who have been following on Facebook and elsewhere, and we are overwhelmed with the love and support we have received, know that our beautiful boy is gone. We are doing as well as can be expected, with expressions of love and support coming from around the globe. (Thank you to whomever posted the note on the Agade listserv.) Even my old undergraduate advisor Gary Rendsburg called this evening. I am too weary to post anything new right now, but here are the announcements that I posted on Facebook yesterday morning and then the full statement from our college, including the reference to our hope of developing a soccer scholarship in memory of Mack.
Thank you again for all the love and affection shown by these wonderful communities of faith, study, sport, and academy.
Words cannot begin to express the deep, wrenching sorrow that our family feels at the sudden and unexpected death of our boy. He contracted what they think is a blood infection on Sunday and by last night had returned to God. He was a special treasure, a true blessing sent from God. Mack was passionate about soccer and his dream was to be the starting keeper for the US National team. He had wonderful friends at school, at church, and on his team The SC Celtics. He has the best sister one could imagine. There are not words that can comfort or theology that can accommodate such loss. Thank you all, however, for your prayers and support of our family in this time. It wasn’t what God said to Job that mattered, it was that he spoke. We wait to hear his voice. Arrangements will be announced at some point.”May light perpetual shine upon him who puts his trust in the Lord.”
John William McKenzie Brady, known affectionately as Mack, the eight-year-old son of Schreyer Honors College Dean Christian M. M. Brady and his wife, Elizabeth, died on Monday, December 31, 2012, at Hershey Medical Center.
Dean Brady shared the news of Mack’s sudden passing with the Honors College staff, Penn State colleagues and friends with the following message on Tuesday morning, New Year’s Day:
Words cannot begin to express the deep, wrenching sorrow that our family feels at the sudden and unexpected death of our boy. He contracted a blood infection on Sunday and by last night had returned to God. He was a special treasure, a true blessing sent from God.
Mack was passionate about soccer and his dream was to be the starting keeper for the US National team. He had wonderful friends at school, at church, and on his team The SC Celtics. He has the best sister one could imagine.
There are not words that can comfort or theology that can accommodate such loss. Thank you all, however, for your prayers and support of our family in this time. It wasn’t what God said to Job that mattered, it was that he spoke. We wait to hear his voice.
“May light perpetual shine upon him who puts his trust in the Lord.”
In addition to his parents, Mack is survived by his sister, maternal and paternal grandparents, a paternal great-grandmother, eight aunts and uncles, and nine cousins.
Mack was a third-grade student at Park Forest Elementary School. In addition to playing soccer, he attended St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in State College.
The Bradys ask that memorial gifts be directed to a scholarship being established in Mack’s honor to benefit a member of Penn State’s men’s soccer team. In announcing the scholarship, Dean Brady said that through such an annual award to a player his son “will, in some sense, ‘be on the field’ that he had hoped to play on someday.”
Memorial gifts may be made online at http://givenow.psu.edu or by sending a check, payable to Penn State with “In memory of Mack Brady” in the memo line, to: Penn State University, One Old Main, University Park, PA 16802.
Funeral arrangements include a viewing at the Koch Funeral Home, 2401 S. Atherton St., in State College on Thursday, January 3, 2013, from 5 to 8 p.m. Funeral services will be held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 208 W. Foster Ave. and Fraser Street, State College, on Friday, January 4, 2013, at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Larry J. Hoffer officiating.From the Schreyer Honors College Site.
29 thoughts on “John William McKenzie Brady – Mack, the best boy ever.”
So sorry for your loss. I cannot even begin to imagine the pain you and your family must be feeling. My prayers are with you.
I’m very sorry to hear your news. Please know you are all in my prayers
And, to my kindergarten boy….might I say….. love to you.
I am so sorry. Just seeing this took the air out of me. I can’t even imagine the pain for you and your family. I and my wife will be praying for you and your family.
It’s heartbreaking to hear about your son. I will be praying for your family.
I am so sorry. My prayers are with your family.
I am Theology professor in Brazil. I express my sincere sentiments. I wish that God will console with his eternal love.
I am a doctoral student in Canada and heard about your situation via Peter Enns’ facebook post. I just wanted to extend my deepest sympathies to you and your family. My wife and I have a three year-old son, and so I cannot even begin to imagine what you must be going through right now. You are in my prayers. 1 Thess. 4:13-18.
Prayers to you and the Family!
I’m so glad I found your blog…I feel like I can know how to better pray for your family. You all have been on my mind since New Year’s day when my friend, Bill Wade, posted your news on Facebook. Your son looked precous and he looks like mine. Maybe that is why I am deeply moved to cry out to God on your family’s behalf. Mostly tears and crying for you but praying for hope to remain deeply rooted in you. I’m so thankful to read that your family trusts in Christ and will worship together again. I will continue to pray for you. And I absolutely feel when I have no words, and weep with you, Jesus is doing the same along with me.
I’m so sorry for your loss. There are just no words when you lose a loved one so young. The path you have been forced to walk is so very hard.
Chris, I just saw your blog post today and I wanted to express my deepest, deepest sympathy. I can only imagine what the pain of losing a child in such abrupt circumstances could be. All our prayers are with you and your family Chris,
Christian, I just learned of your tragic loss. My heart and my prayers are with you and your family. I do know that prayer helps; I believe that all minds are joined, and so I extend peace from my mind to yours.
“All my sorrows end in His embrace.” (A Course in Miracles)
Thank you Allen, Corentin, and Diane, my MS friends. It is so nice to hear from you. This is certainly an incredibly difficult time, but we are so grateful for all the prayers and support. Thank you.
If I can ever do anything to help in any way, let me know.
Dear Dean Brady,
You truly are a great scholar. I have been reading about you and I was quite impressed. I wish to thank you for being kind to me. I am a lonely sixty year old who has a wonderful wife; however, the Lord did not bless us with children. If I am ever with my Nancy in the state of Benjamin Franklin, I would enjoy hearing one of your sermons. You went to Oxford. Your family must be very proud of you. If you were my son, I would be proud too. In my communications with you, I hope I did not seem arrogant. Truly, I was lonely and just wanted a friend with whom I could communicate. Forgive me if I seemed arrogant. I just love knowledge. May God bless your family here and in eternity. My email is CharlesENancyWMiller@verizon.net. If you have time and want to discuss something with an old man who remembers what it was to be young and have dreams, please feel free to write me. I hope the book by Dr. Brunner was of interest to you. I now have a feeling that you knew more about him than I believed.
Thank you for all of your encouragement, questioning, and sharing of your own views and experience. I am truly grateful. There is no arrogance in your words, just challenge and wisdom. Thank you for reading and contributing!