Braidy Brown Obituary

Longtime IJA member Braidy Brown passed away suddenly on February 9, 2022. Braidy worked for many years at IBM, starting as a janitor and working his way up to the position of Manager of World Trade! This was a testament to the phenomenal work ethic and determination that Braidy was known for. Braidy had long wanted to learn to juggle, so he decided to attend the IJA Convention in Akron, Ohio in 1987. He walked in wearing a business suit, turned around, went out and bought some shorts and t-shirts, and returned. He learned to juggle during the convention and was hooked. Braidy was the director of the IJA auction for many years and did a wonderful job in that capacity. He was also a life member of the IJA.

Braidy was born John Braidwood Brown on March 28th, 1937 to James G. and Margaret (Smellie) Brown, who both immigrated to the United States from Scotland. His older brother Alec and his parents predeceased Braidy. He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathryn (Okoniewski); daughter Susan Orlovsky, husband David and their children Peter and Nicholas; and brother Stuart.

In addition to his work with the IJA, he was a very active supporter of his local YMCA. Our condolences go out to Braidy’s family and friends, and especially to his many friends in the juggling community. His contributions to the IJA will not soon be forgotten.


David Cain is a professional juggler, juggling historian, and the owner of the world's only juggling museum, the Museum of Juggling History. He is a Guinness world record holder and 15 time IJA gold medalist. In addition to his juggling pursuits, David is a successful composer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and singer as well as the author of twenty-six books. He and his children live in Middletown, OH (USA).

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