Brady Nelson, Escanaba City Council member dies

ESCANABA – Brady Nelson, an Escanaba City Council member and substitute teacher at Hannahville Schools, died over the weekend from lung cancer. He died Saturday at his home surrounded by his family, according to his obituary. He was 59.

“Brady will be sadly missed by council. He left a mark on the city of Escanaba,” commented Mayor Leo Evans this morning. Nelson had informed Evans of his health condition just a few weeks ago, he said.

“Brady was very outspoken and very passionate about serving the people of Escanaba,” added Evans, expressing his condolences to the Nelson family.

Nelson, 59, was mayor pro tem of the current council. He had served on the board since 2007 and was re-elected to another four-year term in November 2011, said Escanaba City Clerk Bob Richards.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with his family,” said Richards today.

Nelson served as a council liaison on four committees including the Loan Administrative Board, Board of Appeals, Public Safety Retirement Board, and the Brownfield Redevelopment Authority.

According to the city charter, council shall appoint someone to fill the vacant seat on the board. Anyone seeking to be elected to fill the remaining two years on the term must file by Aug. 13 to be on the November ballot.

In addition to being a council member and a substitute teacher, Nelson was an active member of the community and a member of the local Kiwanis and the Toastmasters.

He is survived by his mother, four siblings, three sons, and three grandchildren. Read his complete obituary in today’s Daily Press.