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James W. Grady

June 24, 1929 December 27, 2018
James W.  Grady
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Obituary for James W. Grady

James W. Grady passed away on December 27, 2018 at the age of 89, surrounded by loved ones.
He was born in Augusta, Maine on June 24, 1929, the son of Harry and Ruth Grady. He graduated from Erskine Academy, where he participated in every sport offered. He married his high school sweetheart and absolute love of his life, Marie Bruso in 1950. They settled in Palermo, where he ran the family dairy farm, managed several blueberry fields, raised four children and arguably some of the best sweet corn in the state.
Around 1962, Jim started selling and repairing snowmobiles. He began with Polaris, and later moved to Motoski and Skidoo. He continued repairing snowmobiles into his early 80’s. Jim could fix almost anything and loved tinkering.
Jim had a great love of the outdoors. He was a Maine Guide and enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family and friends. He was a member of the Sheepscot Fish and Game and Palermo Historical Society. He enjoyed many an adventure up North, attended every Erskine Academy ballgame he could, and was quite a talented roller-skater in his younger years.
Jim was predeceased by his parents, wife, grandson, Jeffrey James Grady, and granddaughter, Allison Grady.
He is survived by his children; Jeff and wife, Lauretta Grady, Eileen Grady, Bill and wife, Diana Grady, and Jason and wife, Kathe Grady. Jim is also survived by his grandchildren; Bobbie Jo and husband, Scott Evans, Shawna Grady, Andrew, Samuel, Loralie, and Levi Grady; great-grandchildren, Cole and James Evans, Jacob, Kay, and Clara Grady; great, great-grandchildren, Ava and Anna Evans, and many other nieces, nephews, and cousins. Jim loved his family first and foremost, and was always there to provide us with love, support, and a good story.
A celebration of his life will be held on January 5, 2019 at 1 p.m. at the Palermo Christian Church. In leu of flowers, those wishing may donate to the “Erskine Academy Boosters Club”. Please send checks to 309 Windsor Road, South China, ME, 04358.
Arrangements are under the care of Riposta Funeral Home Belfast, Me. Memories and condolences may be offered to the family at www.ripostafh.com


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