Matthew Grady, 32


Obit Matthew GradyBoston/Northborough – Matthew Christopher Grady, 32, of Boston and Northborough, passed unexpectedly while at work Sunday, Aug, 25th. He was born May 29, 1981 in Natick, the son of Michael Grady of Boston and Janet Grady (Tomashunas) of Norwell.

A bright light in our lives has been dimmed. Matthew was a smart, kind, compassionate, and generous young man with a gentle spirit. Matt was always ready to reach out to help those in distress, going above and beyond for others. He was an exceptionally loving son and loyal brother.

Matthew was raised in Northborough, where he graduated from Algonquin Regional High School in 1999 and then received his Bachelor's degree, Cum Laude, from Clark University in Worcester. He went on to earn a Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University Law School in Cleveland, Ohio in 2012. He was studying to take the Bar Exam next February.

Matthew had many interests. He was a muscle car enthusiast and an avid lover of animals, especially his cat of 15 years, Itty Bitty. Matt loved to garden, ski, and was an exceptional home cook who loved to prepare and share both gourmet meals and simple, traditional classics. He was a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and enjoyed studying constitutional law. Matthew was a member of the American Bar Association and Team Chevelle. Matthew had a wonderful sense of humor, an artistic edge, and a spirit for adventure.

He treasured time spent with his family and was looking forward to a family vacation to Ireland in September. He enjoyed the serenity of the countryside and disliked crowded cities. Cape Cod and Vermont were two of his favorite places.

Matthew is in the warm embrace of his grandparents, Gilda and Julius Tomashunas, and John and Dorothy Grady, and his uncles, Robert Tomashunas, Jeffrey Rusk, Paul Boulay, and David Cook.

In addition to his parents, Mike and Jan, he leaves his sister, Jenna E. Grady of New York City; his brother, Peter M. Grady and Peter's long-term partner Celia Chao of Sunnyvale, Ca.; his aunts and uncles, Kathryn “Kay” Tomashunas of Northborough, Michael Tomashunas of Worcester, Anne Boulay of Sutton, Margaret Cook of Windham, Maine, and Susan Grady of Campbell, Ca.; and his cousins, Erica Rhodes, Jeffrey Boulay, and Nina Rusk.

Family and friends will honor and remember Matthew's life by gathering for calling hours Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at Heald & Chiampa Funeral Directors ~ The Sumner House, 5 Church Road, On the Common, Shrewsbury Center, followed by his funeral service at noon. Burial will follow in the New Howard Street Cemetery, Northborough.

In lieu of flowers, those who wish may honor Matthew's memory by contributing to One Mind for Research, a foundation for brain research at One Mind for Research, 120 Lakeside Ave., Suite 130, Seattle, WA 98122 (

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