Patrick M. Grady, a lieutenant in the Buffalo Fire Department, died Tuesday (Jan. 25, 2000) under Hospice care in the East Aurora home of his sister Karen Krempholtz after a long illness. He was 49.
A resident of East Aurora, Grady was born in Buffalo and attended Buffalo schools. He was a 1968 graduate of Kensington High School and attended the University at Buffalo.
He served in the Army during the Vietnam War and was injured while stationed in Germany.
A firefighter for 22 years, he joined the department in June 1977 and was assigned to Engine 36 after graduating from training academy. He was promoted to lieutenant in February 1987.
In 1988, Grady was assigned to Engine 16's 3rd Platoon. Later that year, he was transferred to Engine 37's 4th Platoon, where he worked until his death.
Grady was an avid hunter and outdoorsman and for more than 35 years had a passion for weight lifting. He volunteered as assistant coach for the East Aurora Cowboys youth football team.
He was a member of Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in East Aurora and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a past member of Post 362, American Legion, and Lodge 370, Loyal Order of Moose. He also took great pride in his Irish heritage.
In addition to his sister Karen, survivors include two sons, Bart Michael and Jack Mitchell, both of East Aurora; his parents, William Sr. and Helen of Tampa, Fla.; three other sisters, Susan Moore of Kailua, Hawaii, Norine Schlau of Hamburg and Jacqueline of East Aurora; and three brothers, William Jr. of East Aurora, Dennis and Timothy.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in Immaculate Conception Church, 520 Oakwood Ave., East Aurora. Burial will be in Hillcrest Cemetery, Hamburg.