John William McKenzie “Mack” Brady ✠ 16 January 2004 — 31 December 2012

Silly Boy

Our son John William McKenzie “Mack” Brady died unexpectedly from a blood infection (sepsis) on December 31, 2012, just 16 days short of his 9th birthday. For those nearly-nine years that we were given with him, he was vivacious, hysterical, full of energy, and a joy. He was truly a blessing to us and a gift from God.

He was passionate about his friends, family, and soccer. From the age of 5 he had decided he wanted to be a goalkeeper. His dream was to play for Penn State and to be the US Men’s National team goalkeeper. To remember and celebrate his life we established the Mack Brady Memorial Men’s Soccer Fund at Penn State to benefit the goalkeeping program. In this way we can support young men like Mack and he will, in some small way, play on the field he dreamed of defending as a Penn State Keeper.

For more you may want to read my posts or my wife’s posts about our son, lamenting our loss, and celebrating his life. You can find out more about the fund established in his memory at

Thank you to everyone for their continued love and support.