Michael J. O'Grady
Cooney Funeral Homes - Park Ridge
625 North Busse Highway
Park Ridge, IL
O'Grady, Michael J.

Michael J. O'Grady, 91, of Chicago, passed away from heart failure on April 9. Beloved husband of the late Catherine (Hyland) O'Grady. Loving father of Michael (Jennifer) O'Grady, James (Lisa) O'Grady, Noreen O'Grady and Kathy (Michael) Hennessey. Native of Carroweena, Killasser, Swinford, County Mayo, Ireland. Mike was fun-loving, gregarious and the life of every party. He had a strong work ethic, often working two or three jobs. He was employed 45 years as a stationary engineer with the Chicago Board of Education, with his final assignment at Schurz High School. Mike also was a skilled butcher who worked at High-Low Foods, Happy Foods and Thompson's. He was proud of his service in the Army, during which he fought courageously in some of the deadliest battles of the Korean War. He loved playing the slots in Las Vegas and Midwestern casinos, sometimes while enjoying a Cosmopolitan cocktail. A powerfully built man and dedicated weightlifter into his 80s, Mike volunteered to do general construction to build the Irish American Heritage Center in its early years. Devoted brother of Sara O'Grady and proud grandfather of Katie, Abbey, Eamonn, Delaney and Shannon O'Grady and Liam Hennessey. He was predeceased by his parents Mary (Conlon) and Francis O'Grady; wife Catherine; infant daughter Gael Marie O'Grady; sisters Winnie McGowan, Bridget "Tessie" Burke and Margaret "Peggy" O'Donnell, and brothers Patrick "Pake," Tom and the Rev. James O'Grady. Visitation will be held on Wednesday, April 21 from 3:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. at Cooney Funeral Home at 625 Busse Hwy., Park Ridge. Funeral Mass is Thursday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at St. Juliana Church, 7201 N Oketo Ave., Chicago. A livestream of the Mass can be viewed at https://youtu.be/BV4oGOPPmCc. Interment All Saints Cemetery. Memorial donations appreciated for the Lucky Fin Project, 1320 North Vermont Ave., Royal Oak, MI 48067, or Semper Fi & America's Fund, https://semperfifund.org/donate/. For information please call 847-685-1002 or visit www.cooneyfuneralhome.com

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Cooney Funeral Homes - Park Ridge
625 North Busse Highway, Park Ridge, IL
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St. Juliana Church
7201 N Oketo Ave., Chicago, IL
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I’m so sorry to hear about the passing of Mike. He was one of those rare people that when you met him there was an instant connection and you’d considered him a friend for life. My wife and I would see him often at Rivers Casino where he enjoyed the slots and a cocktail of two. He seemed to be in a perpetually good mood greeting us with a big smile and a powerful handshake. His age didn’t seem to slow him down and he was a gentleman whenever my wife was around, treating her like a daughter. He will be loved and missed by all who had the honor and pleasure of knowing him...may he Rest In Peace.
Frank Goff
April 25, 2021
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