Brian S. Clay, 43, of New Bedford died on July 27 while doing what he loved most—going out for a run and heading home. He leaves family in Falmouth.
He leaves his wife, Laura Clay; as well as his children, Sabrina Clay, Ellie Clay, and Will Clay. He also leaves his sister, Meghan Hamilton and her husband, Nate Hamilton; 10 nieces and nephews; 18 aunts and uncles; and 29 cousins; and other family.
Born in Stoughton, he was the son of Stephen T. Clay and Mary Beth Clay of Falmouth.
He grew up in North Attleboro and graduated from North Attleboro High School in 1994. Known for his adventurous spirit, he lived and worked in a variety of locations, including Key West, New Hampshire, and Cape Cod, before settling in New Bedford with his wife. He spent much of his career in the restaurant business, while also spending six years with the Clay Realty Group of Keller Williams on Cape Cod in North Falmouth.
In June 2017, he survived an aortic dissection, thanks to the care he received from Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Boston MedFlight, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston.
After making a full recovery, he resumed his love of running. On the day of his one-year “aortaversary,” he retraced the route of his medflight journey with an 18-mile run from Brockton to Boston. As part of that run, he raised over $10,000 for Wings for Falmouth Families, a charity that supports families facing major medical emergencies. In June 2019, he completed his first Olympic-distance triathlon and was in training for his first half-Ironman when he died.
Visitation will be Thursday, August 1, from 4 to 8 PM at the Saunders-Dwyer Home for Funerals, 495 Park Street in New Bedford.
A Celebration of Life will be held on Friday, August 2, at 11 AM at the funeral home, followed by interment and a reception.