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 25, 2016
    Diane Smith says:
    Tom coached my daughter Katie's soccer team several years ago. He was one of the best coaches she ever had, caring, smart, great with kids and very knowledgeable about soccer. I enjoyed reading his columns in the Star News, and occasionally seeing him at the Hammerhead games. We are very sorry for your loss, and will keep your family in our prayers. The Smith family