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In Memory


John Healy O'Grady

John Healy O'Grady, 64, beloved son, brother, father and grandfather, passed away suddenly on February 8, 2021, from a heart attack. Predeceased by his parents, Jack and Joann O'Grady, and his grandson, John Cooper O'Grady, John is survived by his sisters, Julie Deems and Ann Grobe and their families, as well as his children and their families: John, his wife Erika, and grandchildren Emma, Josephine, Lucas, and Genevieve; Lauren, her wife Erin, and grandchildren Thomas, Paul, and Elaine.

John grew up in West Irondequoit and attended Michigan State University. He then earned his masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Rochester School of Medicine. While he enjoyed his work and accomplished a great deal in the fields of viral research and vaccine development, John's pride and joy found its true expression through the accomplishments of his children, John, an attorney, and Lauren, an emergency room physician. To all who knew him, John was intellectually curious and held a particular interest in history. He instilled his love for the outdoors in both his children and grandchildren.

Words cannot adequately express how much John will be missed by his colleagues, friends, and family. Memorial contributions in John's name may be made to the National Save the Sea Turtle Foundation at http://savetheseaturtle.org.

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Published in Rochester Democrat And Chronicle from Feb. 11 to Feb. 12, 2021.

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02/12/21 10:06 PM #1    

Steve D'Annunzio

I am so sad to hear of John's passing. We met at Iroquois Middle School and were friends from fifth grade all the way through high school and beyond. John had a keen intellect and great sense of humor. I remember him as fierce competitor in sports, always strong and fair. We shared several classes together and would sometimes do homework - I always marveled at how easily and quickly he could write a good paper as if it were nothing. Academically, he outshone me and I looked up to him for that. After high school, I played around town in several musical groups and John would always come out when he could and support us. We'd sit around afterwards and drink a few beers and his conversation was always relevant and thoughtful. He had a 'take' on things that always seemed wise and logical. We lost track of each other as the years passed, but when I would occasionally think of him, it was always with respect and warmth. We lost a good one. God speed on your next journey my friend.




02/13/21 07:58 AM #2    

Steve Olesiuk

Farewell old friend. Sounds like you had a great life after we lost track of each other in our 20's, and your children continue to do great things. An attorney and an ER physician, you must have been so proud. Rest in peace.

02/14/21 05:31 PM #3    

Mike Lodato

John was one of my best lifelong friends from the time we were ten years old. We lived close to each other into high school and had many life experiences together. One of those most momentous experiences was when he gave me the honor of being best man in his wedding to the fabulous Mary Vancker. Although recently we occasionally communicated over Facebook, whenever he came to town we would get together. I will miss him and will keep the many fun and pleasant memories forever!

02/15/21 01:50 AM #4    

Robert Nicholson

I would like to express my deepest condolences to Johns family. I first met John while at Iroquois school together. I will never forget how kind John and his parents were to take me boating. John and I had good times together when we were young.Upon moving back to Irondequoit, I had hoped to see him again. I have no doubt that one day we will all see John again.     

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