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WILLIAM F. GRADY (SGT. RET. CPD)
10/25/1949 - 2/17/2013

WILLIAM F. GRADY (SGT. RET. CPD)

of West Warwick, passed away Sunday, February 17, 2013 at the Philip Hulitar Hospice Inpatient Center in Providence, after a lengthy illness.  He was the beloved husband and best friend of the late Christine M. (Warburton) Grady.

 

Born in Providence, Bill was the devoted and loving son of Mary (Campagnone) Grady of Warwick and the late Arthur J. Grady.  He was a graduate of Warwick Veterans High School and attended Bryant University and Roger Williams University, respectively. 

 

After graduating, he joined the Navy and served his country admirably during the Vietnam War.  Upon honorable discharge from his military service, he gained employment with the City of Cranston as a Police Officer, which became his true calling for the next twenty years.  He retired from the Cranston Police Department in 1992 with a highly decorated career behind him and too many friends to count.   He then went on to a second career in the private sector, working as a Loss Prevention Manager with Bob’s Stores.   Finally retiring permanently in 2009 as a regional supervisor, he had shined as brightly there as he had with the CPD, making yet more lifelong friends. 

 

Besides his mother, Bill is survived by his only child, a daughter, Tracy E. Grady of West Warwick, whom he loved more than life.  They were constant companions these last few years, rarely being seen one without the other.    Bill was also a loving brother to James Grady of Cranston, Janet (Grady) Rossignol and her husband Michael of Port Saint Lucie, FL and Kathleen (Grady) Harvey and her husband Charles, of Duxbury, MA.  He also leaves behind several nieces and nephews and nine great nieces and nephews. 

 

Bill was a kind, gentle and courageous man.   He was born with a profound sense of responsibility and served his country and his community with unflinching professionalism and commitment.  He loved his family and friends deeply and loyally, never looking for anything in return except perhaps a smile.  At the end, he went peacefully with his daughter by his side.

 

Funeral Service to which relatives and friends are invited will be held on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in the NARDOLILLO FUNERAL HOME & Crematory, 1278 Park Ave. Cranston, followed by interment with military honors at RI Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Exeter.  VISITING HOURS are WEDNESDAY MORNING from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to: National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund, 901 E Street NW - Suite 100, Washington, D.C. 20004.
www.nleomf.org




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From: Tracy   West Warwick, RI
Relationship:  Daughter

We made it Daddy...rest now :)
Sent:  2/18/2013


From: kerri leary   west warwick
Relationship:  cna / friend

Dear bill, In the time that ive known you, you have truely changed my life. Although you never accepted a thank you, theres no one else in this world that deserves one as much as you . I was your cna, and i truely feel honored that i was the person you, tracy, and mark trusted the most (cna wise) . You have taught me even though you might be scared, you still have to do whats right. (Kerri you know why cops pants were baggy? So you cant see their knees shaking) . You taught me you can never show your family you love them enough. You taught me to live the life you love and love the life you live. (Kerri, i have lived the life i wanted to, and im just waiting for my time) and i would always tell you not to say that. But your right, your proud of the life you lived and proud of the family you have. Bill you are one of a kind, and you will be missed. May you rest in paradise and reunite with your wife. And tracy, may you find the strength to move on and recover from such a loss:( i love you guys. Bill, i love you. <3
Sent:  2/18/2013


From: MARY WARBURTON CHAMPIN   GILBERT
Relationship:  SISTER IN LAW

TO TRACY, MARY AND ALL THE GRADYS YOU HAVE BEEN MY FAMILY SINCE 1975 AND YOU ARE ALWAYS IN MY THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS. BILLY WAS ONE OF THE MOST INCREDIBLE MEN I HAVE EVER MET IN MY LIFE. HE WILL BE MISSED MORE THAN I THINK HE WOULD HAVE EVER THOUGHT. BUT HE IS NOW AT PEACE AND WITH THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE WHERE THEIR LOVE WILL CONTINUE FOR ETERNITY.. WHEREVER A BEAUTIFUL SOUL HAS BEEN THERE IS A TRAIL OF WONDERFUL MEMORIES AND I KNOW I FOR ONE WILL CHERISH EACH ONE... LOVE YOU
Sent:  2/18/2013


From: John Del Prete   Warwick
Relationship:  Co Worker/Friend

Bill, Your finally at peace now, You will always remain my closest friend. My prayers are with you and your family. You will be missed by everyone you touched. You will be in my thoughts, I will never forget our friendship. You were truly a man beyond your years. John
Sent:  2/18/2013


From: Judge Anthony Dennis   Bristol
Relationship:  Good Friend

Grady (as I Knew him) was an exceptional man. He had a quiet grace about his everyday deportment and to be in his company was to be in the company of true integrity. It didn't take long before you greatly admired him. I will miss his friendship and will always consider Grady a really special person and that I was so fortunate to have had him as a friend.
Sent:  2/18/2013


From: J. Dupre   North Port Fl.
Relationship:  Friend

No person is ever truly alone. Those who live no more, Whom we loved, Echo still within our thoughts, Our words, our hearts. You are now with your lovely Christine, may you both now watch over us all. Until we meet again my friends.
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Gordon Allison   Wellington, Fl
Relationship:  Friend

I was very sadden to learn of the passing of a favorite boyhood pal. I have very fond memories of those early years and the adventures we shared. My most sincere regrets to his entire family.
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Richad E Gallo (184)   Smithfiled
Relationship:  Wore The Blue With Him

I will never forget your dry sense of humor that made us laugh at any time,no matter what we were doing. Your with your beloved Christine now,and all is well. Good Bless You Bill Grady. You. Are. At. Peace. Now
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Mark Rowinski   West Kingston
Relationship:  Physical therapist and friend

I will miss him dearly. My thoughts and prayers are with your family, Tracey, Mark, and Molly. Bill's spirit and kindness will be with me always! Mark
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: John F. Smith   Cranston
Relationship:  co worker-friend

Bill was an outstanding uniform officer and an even better detective. He had a knack for developing informants and cleared many high profile crimes. He was highly respected by his fellow police detectives throughout the state. He also played on many of the CPD sports teams, basketball, softball, etc. and excelled as usual. He will be missed by his brother and sister police officers. May you rest in peace Bill. Sincerely, Det. Capt. John F. Smith Cranston P.D. Ret.
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: John Bell   Cranston, RI
Relationship:  Friend

Tracy and family my toughts and prayers are with you. He will always be Shady Grady to me.
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Joyce Sousa   florence,k az
Relationship:  friend and co-worker

Sorry for you loss.
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: PATRICIA M. LONARDO   CRANSTON
Relationship:  FRIEND

DEAR TRACY...WHAT CAN WE SAY THAT HAS NOT BEEN SAID ALREADY....MY DEEPEST SYMPATHY THE WORLD LOST ONE OF THE "BEST" HE IS AT PEACE NO MORE PAIN AND WITH HIS BEST FRIEND AND THE LOVE OF HIS LIFE CHRIS. HE WAS AN AMAZING MAN NEVER A BAD WORD TO ANYONE ALWAYS KIND/GENTLE/SMILING/AND ALWAYS A HELPING HAND. MAY GOD BLESS YOU ALWAYS
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Joe and Mary Crowley   Naples, FL
Relationship:  Dearest Friend

We are so sorry for the loss of our closet and dearest friend. We will always remember the great times together and the many adventurs we shared. We are so grateful for being part of your lives and honored to call you my best friend. I will miss you Kid!! Tracy you are in our thoughts and prayers now and always. You have our deepest sympathy. Love You Billy!! Joe-Joe and Mary
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Matt Marotto   Cranston
Relationship:  friend

Tracy I'm so sorry about your dad.... My deepest condolences go out to you and your family
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Dolores DiMeo Carroll   Cranston
Relationship:  friend

Bill and Chris were wonderful,compassionate friends to me and my late husband. I will miss them and will always be praying for them, for they will be united in heaven. Rest in Peace, kind and gentle Bill.
Sent:  2/19/2013


From: Bob Davies   Glocester, RI
Relationship:  former co worker

My sympathies to the family. I worked with Bill at the CPD and he was a great police officer and friend. I'm sorry for your loss.
Sent:  2/20/2013


From: Joseph Cooney   Cranston
Relationship:  Friend/co worker

My condolenses to the family. One of the best detectives i have ever worked with for many years. God Bless.
Sent:  2/20/2013


From: stephanie buono   cranston
Relationship:  friend

Tracy ,kat laurie and family....I am so very sorry for the loss of your dad/ uncle ...I will be praying for peace for you all and most definently Sgt.Grady....All the heros are in heaven together playing a great golf match!!! ;)) xo
Sent:  2/20/2013


From: erin kenny   nashville
Relationship:  friend

I wish I could pay my respects in person to such a good man. These are times that make living far from home hard. I have so many memories of being with the Gradys growing up in RI and that trip we took to FL when they lived there. He was a great softball coach and a wonderful father and husband. I send all my thoughts out to the whole family and my love to Tracy who I spent a lot of years calling my best friend.
Sent:  2/20/2013


From: Connie Iacoucci Wallace  
Relationship:  Old Warburton Family Friends

I didn't know Bill, but I am an old friend of the Warburton family and having known Chris, I know that Bill was a wonderful man. I am so sorry for your loss, my condolences to all of the Grady and Warburton families.
Sent:  2/20/2013


From: Deborah   Atlanta, GA
Relationship:  N/A

May the God of all comfort be with you during this time of sorrow, while you await the fulfillment of the promises found at John 5:28,29 and at Revelation 21:3-5 which reads "With that I heard a loud voice from the throne say: “Look! The tent of God is with mankind, and he will reside with them, and they will be his peoples. And God himself will be with them. 4 And he will wipe out every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.” 5 And the One seated on the throne said: “Look! I am making all things new.” Also, he says: “Write, because these words are faithful and true.” Sincere condolences for your loss.
Sent:  2/21/2013


From: Carol Campagnone Penney   Mansfield, MA
Relationship:  Cousin

Auntie Mary, Jimmy, Kathy, Janet, spouses and families -- I would like to extend my deepest sympathy and condolences on your loss. I just learned of your loss when I returned home today from vacation with my family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Sent:  2/22/2013


From: RON & SALLY HITCHEN   HAINES CITY, FL
Relationship:  FRIENDS, CO-WORKER

TRACY, AND THE ENTIRE GRADY FAMILY. OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS ARE WITH ALL OF YOU. MAY THE LORD HOLD YOU ALL IN HIS HANDS AND WITH YOUR WONDERFUL MEMORIES HELP YOU THROUGH THIS DIFFICULT TIME. JUST KNOW THEY ARE IN HEAVEN HAPPY AND TOGETHER LOOKING DOWN ON THERE BEAUTIFUL ANGEL. HOW PROUD THEY WERE ALWAYS OF YOU. RON & SALLY
Sent:  2/23/2013


From: Sharon-CMECU   Warwick
Relationship:  Friend

Dear Laurie, Jeff, Richard and Family, my deepest sympathy to you and your entire family. What a sweet soul he was and heaven has gained one of the best singers ever. He will be missed singing and humming during his visit at the credit union. My love to all, Sharon
Sent:  2/25/2013