APRIL 22, 1927 – FEBRUARY 28, 2021
On Sunday, February 28, 2021, James J. Grady (Jim), loving husband and father of seven children passed away at the age of 93. Jim was born on April 22, 1927, in Whitehall, New York to Ted and Ellen Grady and was the older brother of Joan Grady Hurley. Jim enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and was honorably discharged in 1947. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the State University College at Cortland in 1950 and his Master of Science degree in 1956. Jim met the love of his life, Mary Patricia (Pat) Sullivan, and following a romantic courtship, they wed on April 11, 1955. Together, they built a loving family and raised seven children; three daughters and four sons, in their home in Miller Place. In addition to being an incredible husband and father, Jim was a Physical Education teacher, Coach, and Athletic Director for 35 years at Wantagh High School on Long Island, New York. For many of those years he coached football and baseball and on the day of his retirement, Jim was recognized as the winningest Varsity High School baseball coach in the history of New York State. Upon his retirement from teaching at the age of 57, Jim began a second career in the Life Insurance industry as a Financial Planner; this career lasted until his second retirement at the young age of 80. Jim loved to learn and lived life with a passion. After his retirement from teaching, he learned to play the piano, often serenading his family and friends with Irish melodies and beloved songs from Broadway musicals. He was a competitive bridge player, enjoyed games of all sorts, particularly crossword puzzles and Sudoko, and loved the Yankees. Outside of his family and friends, his lifelong passion was coaching baseball and he often mused how the lessons of baseball applied to life. One of his favorite sayings was, “To play the game is good, to win the game is better but, to love the game is best of all.” Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Pat. He is survived by his seven children, Diane Brown (David), Christopher Grady (Terry), Kathryn Casella (Larry), James J. Grady, Jr. (Kathy), Michael Grady (Pam), Patricia Toback (Gregg), and Joseph Grady. He was the beloved Grandpa of Diane and Dave’s children, Michael (Karen), Molly and Megan Brown; Chris and Terry’s children, Christopher Grady (Erica) and Maureen Grady-Leitenberger (Ryan); Kathie and Larry’s children, Ian and Benjamin Casella, Michael and Pam’s children, MacKenzie and Jack Grady; Tricia and Gregg’s son, Grady Toback, and Joe’s daughter, Lauren Grady. He is also survived by his great grandson, Jake Brown. In addition to his immediate family, Jim will be missed by his in-laws, Chris and Jim Sullivan and Barbara Sullivan, as well as his numerous nieces and nephews and his companion, Phoebe Roome. Coach, you will be missed. A graveside service for the family will be held on Friday, March 5, 2021 at Calverton National Cemetery. Arrangements are being made through O.B. Davis Funeral Home in Miller Place. A celebration of Jim’s life will take place later this summer. Friends wishing, may make donations in Jim’s memory to the National Alliance of the Mentally Ill (NAMI) in care of The O.B. Davis Funeral Home, 1001 Route 25A, Miller Place, NY, 11764.