James Thomas Grady

December 30, 1959 - September 15, 2016
James Thomas Grady


James Thomas Grady, 56, of Wilmington NC passed away at his residence on Thursday, September 15, 2016 after a courageous battle with brain cancer.

He was born on December 30, 1959 to the late Daniel Henry Grady and Luella James Grady.

Tom was a contributing writer for the Star News in Wilmington where he covered sports and wrote weekly columns about animal advocacy and youth sports.

He is survived by his wife, Nan Grady; three stepchildren, Whitney Bell and husband, Steve, Matt Lewis and fiancé, Heidi Bass, and Kristin Lewis; his brothers, D. Gary Grady of Durham, NC and Mark Grady of Carolina Beach, NC; niece, Kayla Grady and nephew, Michael Grady and wife, Megan. Also surviving are his six rescued furry companions.

A Celebration of Life for Tom Grady will be held on Saturday, October 1, 2016 from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. at the Wrightsville Beach Park softball field. The park is located at 1 Bob Sawyer Drive, just off Causeway Boulevard at Wrightsville Beach, N.C.

During this informal gathering you will have the opportunity to share your stories and memories of Tom, who passed away on September 15, 2016. You can join us at your convenience during the event.

Feel free to bring a portable chair or blanket if you desire.

If rain forces the event to be re-scheduled you will find details on www.Grady-Family.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation, 1414 Physicians Drive, Wilmington, NC 28401 or to an animal rescue or advocacy group of your choice.

Please share memories and condolences with the family by clicking on the “Post a Condolence” tab below.

Wilmington Funeral & Cremation, 1535 S.41st Street Wilmington, NC 28403. 910.791.9099.


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  • September 17, 2016
    Ron and Loraine Buker says:
    Tom was a wonderful neighbor and friend. Always a smile and a wave - a fighter to the end. He will be missed. Our deepest sympathy to Nan and their family. Ron and Loraine Buker

  • September 18, 2016
    Julianne Woodcock lit a candle:
    Lit since September 18, 2016 at 9:16:46 PM

  • September 18, 2016
    Ari Garsh says:
    Mr. Grady did so much for the homeless animals in New Hanover and Pender county. Anytime you asked him to help when they needed anything, all you had to do was ask Tom. He made sure it made it into his column. He always had a smile on his face and something positive to say, even about the worst situations of animal abuse. I hope people know how much he really did to save innocent animals and to help them find loving homes. God I am sure will bless this wonderful man.

  • September 19, 2016
    Joe Seme and Sam Waite says:
    Tom Grady was a longtime good friend and great softball teammate, except for the fact that he always wore that old Kansas City Royals hat! It was a happy day for him when the Royals won the World Series last year. His passing is another reminder that only the good die young. If they have softball in heaven, he'll be starting in right field today and leading off in the batting order. He will be missed by all of us whose lives he touched. Rest in peace, old buddy. Joe Seme and Sam Waite

  • September 19, 2016
    PAUL R JEFFERSON says:
    Tom was a perfect example of the weekend warrior athlete, and was a fun teammate in senior league softball and pickup basketball games with his Star-News compatriots and other like-minded individuals. He was always positive, and his love and advocacy for domesticated animals was truly a calling that he advertised, and answered in his daily life. He will be missed.