In 1945, while in an Army convalescent hospital in New York, Thomas was able to finally return to painting. One of his still lifes painted while in the Army was later exhibited at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. After leaving the service, Thomas was employed as a commercial artist until his retirement in 1988. He passed away on Jan. 8, 2011, at the age of 92. He was buried in the Grady lot in the Holy Cross Cemetery, Londonderry.
Regretfully, I never had the chance to talk to Thomas Grady about his personal history. Fortunately, the Natick, Mass. Historical Society taped a video interview in 1999 in which he tells the story of his life and military service. It is well worth finding on the Internet at www.natickvets.org.
Rick Holmes is the official town historian of Derry. His office hours at the Municipal Center are Mondays from 8 a.m. to noon and Wednesdays from 4 to 7 p.m. Several of his books on local history are available at Mack’s Apples and Derry’s libraries.