on July 8, 2014 - 9:03 PM
Jan. 17, 1922 – July 6, 2014
William Thomas Grady, of East Aurora, a retired Buffalo police officer, died Sunday in Hospice Buffalo, Cheektowaga. He was 92.
Born in Cleveland, he attended Kensington High School before he enlisted in the Navy in 1940.
He served in the Pacific during World War II aboard the USS Saratoga and the USS Barataria.
Returning to Buffalo, he earned his diploma at Vets High School, worked as an electrician and at Bell Aerospace.
Mr. Grady began a 30-year career with the Buffalo Police Department in 1952 and was assigned to Precincts 6, 7, 8 and 12.
He and his partner, Jimmy Gates, received a commendation for bravery for capturing a suspect in a chase.
In retirement, he lived for 28 years in the Tampa, Fla., area.
He returned to Western New York last year.
A devout Catholic, he attended Mass daily for many years.
His wife of 65 years, Helen Crotty Grady, died Nov. 29.
Survivors include three daughters, Susan Moore, M. Norine Schlau and Karen Krempholtz; a son, William Jr.; two brothers, Dana and Thomas; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:15 a.m. today in Our Lady of Victory Basilica, Ridge Road and South Park Avenue, Lackawanna.