David O’Grady sponsored obituary
Born in 1914 to immigrant parents, Dave O’Grady lived an adventurous life. Throughout his lifetime things were constantly changing – from delivering spring water with his dad using a horse and buckboard to men landing on the moon. He saw governments rise and fall, a global depression, World War II, the Cold War, the fall of the Berlin Wall and all the attendant ebbs and flows of our own political process. He liked nothing more than a good discussion about current events.
After marrying his high school sweetheart, Freida, in 1937, he worked the shipyards until becoming a firefighter for the City of Oakland in 1942. His career was interrupted
by a trip oversees to England, France and the Philippines – courtesy the US Army and World War II. He returned to Oakland to complete a 30 year career in the Fire
He was a Master Mason affiliated first with Acorn Lodge in Oakland and later with Orinda Lodge.
During the 1960s he was re-introduced to the Model T Ford. It was to be a great source of enjoyment and led to many enduring friendships. He was a member of the
Mother Lode Model T Ford Club and was active in their many events
As he wished, there will be no services. His ashes will be inurned at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, CA. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to
the Firefighters Burn Institute or the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Northern California or the charity of your choice.
Preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, David is survived by his daughter Kathleen; nieces Marsha Hook, Sandra Kennelly and Pamela Anderson; grand nephew Rob Hook, MD, grand nieces Kim Crone and Heidi Luster; great nephews Ian and Ryman Crone, and great niece Charlee Luster.
David W. O’Grady
1914 ~ 2006
“May God hold you safely in the palm of His hand” as you
begin this next adventure Dad!
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