Claude P. Brady, 84, born in French Creek, WV, to George and Bernice Brady, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, January 25 at his home in Arlington, VA.
Claude exceeded all expectations by living a full and wonderful life 32 years after his heart transplant in 1989. Whenever people said, “You’re so lucky!” he replied, “I’m so blessed.”
Among his blessings was his beloved wife Nancy A. Brady, who passed in 1999. Together, they founded the Washington, DC chapter of TRIO (Transplant Recipients International Organization). They were a source of information, comfort and inspiration to many members of the transplant community. In 2020, the Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy Association recognized Claude as the first patient diagnosed with the heart condition, and dedicated September 18 as “Claude Brady Day.”
In addition to his wife and parents, Claude was pre-deceased by his sister Sandra, brother George, niece Cindy, and step-son Allen Whiddon.
He leaves behind his granddaughter Sarah Whiddon; sister-in-law Nancy Brady; nephew Matthew Brady (Dina); three grandnephews; and daughter-in-law Cindy Burgett (Rod).
A memorial service be determined at a later date. He will be buried alongside his wife in Core, West Virginia.