The Kindest Blue Eyes that always saw the good in everything and everyone closed for the final time on November 16th. Following a brief illness, Frank passed away in his home with his children by his side.
Frank was born in Butte on February 4, 1935 to Thomas J Grady and Agnes (Harrington) Grady and was the youngest of three children. He grew up in Butte, attended local schools and graduated from Butte High in 1953. After graduation Frank joined the Navy Reserves with a group of friends who traveled to San Diego for Boot Camp. Upon returning home, he enlisted in Uncle Sam’s Army and was soon shipped to Korea where he served in the Korean war. Safely back home in Montana, Frank started School at MSU was married and had his first child. He returned to Butte and began working in the Mines. He was working underground in the Anselmo when the 1959 Hebgen Lake Earthquake woke and terrified the residents of Butte. After underground mining he drove truck at the Pit for a number of years before beginning his life’s career as a Masonry/Cement Finisher owning and operating LB (Leaky Bucket) Construction Company. Although it was back breaking labor, his stories made it sound like it was the funnest job a guy could ever have. He always said he had the BEST crew in the world and that is what made work so great. Oh, if those sidewalks could talk!
Frank was reunited with his High School Sweetheart Joyce (Driscoll) Grady. She with her three children, he with his daughter and together they had two children of their own. That is how we became the Grady Bunch.
Frank loved his family. He loved his friends. He loved his friend’s family and his family’s friends. He loved his kids, grandkids, parents, brother, sister, nieces, nephews, cousins, in laws and out laws. Above all he loved his Joyce! Man did he love his Joyce!
He loved horses and was a true horseman. He loved camping, fishing, hunting, 4 wheeling, going for rides and a cold beer on a hot day with good company. He loved garage sales, buying things in case YOU needed them and having literally one or two of everything. He loved flowers. He loved his yard and garden. He loved sitting in the shade of his tree visiting with friends. He loved having fun, telling stories and jokes and leaving you with a smile. He loved people and gatherings and he loved to laugh.
He loved Truzzolino Tamales, antiques, Gunsmoke, The Green Bay Packers and honorably serving his country. He loved his Gramma’s mush and a perfect cup of coffee and sharing a cup with a loved one. He loved going to Walmart. He loved Old cars, new cars, my cars, your cars.
He loved being Irish. He loved Butte. He loved supporting Butte kids and Butte athletics. He loved pasties. He loved sunshine and summer days. He loved helping others. He loved maple bars without the frosting! (Yep without frosting.)
He disliked sweets, bullies, people who don’t use their blinkers and anyone who writes a check in the Express lane!
He was handsome and humble. He was easy. He was calm. He was kind and he was generous. He was selfless. He was genuine. He was respectful. He was quick witted. He was love. He made the best out of everything. He gave without remembering and received without forgetting. He was the cement that held our lives together.
In today’s world where we could use a bit more kindness and a lot more hope, be a Frank Grady! Right a wrong. Overlook a grudge. Don’t keep score. Loan the money. Feed the stranger. Make the call. Help your neighbor. Pray for the lonely. Set aside judgement. Love without reservation. Take the time. Show up. Put your phone down. Be Present.
The world needs more Frank’s and we are going to miss the hell out of ours!
Frank was proceeded in death by his wife Joyce Grady, Son Bobby Pavlovich, Parents Tom and Ag, Brother Tom Grady, Sister and Brother in law Mary Pat and George Puich, Infant sister Jean Marie; Sister in law and Brother in law Carol and Lew Brown, Son in Law Sam Holverson.
His legacy of love will live on forever in the hearts of his loved ones. Frank is survived by his son Frank Grady Jr., daughters Christine (Jim) Adkins, Colleen (Paul) Riley, Marcy Holverson (Steve McArthur) and Julie Pavlovich. Also surviving are Frank’s grandchildren and their families: Marissa (Eric) Steele (Wyatt, Colter and Hudson); Nicole Mulcahy (Rylan); Derek, Dylan and Daniel Grady; Laurelle and Weston Adkins; Jared Frisbee; Levi Queer; Gwen Garret; sister-in-law Ruth Grady and many loving nieces, nephews and cousins of the Grady, Puich, Hanley, Vernos, Shugrue, and Pavlovich families and lifelong special friend Tom Lowney and also friends too numerous to mention.
Thank you to Frontier Hospice for their compassionate care given to Frank. Special gratitude to his girl Katie! (Also Janet, Stephanie, Virginia, Nichole, Belen and Suni.)
During this devastating pandemic time, donations can be made to the Butte Food Bank to lighten the load of a family in need or share your bounty with a friend or neighbor who is too proud to ask. Just show up.
Funeral services will be held December 3rd at 11am at St Ann’s Catholic Church. COVID-19 restrictions apply. Masks Required.
Please visit below to offer a condolence or share a memory of Frank. Axelson Funeral and Cremation Services has been privileged to care for Frank and his family.
Read the thoughts and memories, then feel free to add your own.
Bev and Tods Brothers says
We are so saddened to hear of the passing of your beloved father, Frank. May he rest in peace. What a great, kind and loving human being . Oh! And Packer fan💞
Elsie Mills says
Joyce will be so happy to be with you again.
JoAnn Barkell says
Colleen and family. I’m so sorry about your dad. You can never replace your dad. He was a good one.
Kelley Kingston Cobb and Patsy Murray says
Dee Dee and Family, we are so sad for each and everyone of you all to hear about the passing of a terrific, wonderful, caring, loving, and one of a kind man! He will be missed very much! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all! Love and Big Hugs!
Kelley Kingston and Patsy Murray
Frank Grady and family You just lost the salt of the earth with a lot of memories with concrete in mind and old cars to talk of lost to one of a kind God bless each and everyone of you
Dan Malkovich says
Colleen, Jr. and Family, I’m sorry to hear about Frank. Enjoyed the times at all the games. Had a lot of Great Humor. Nice Gentleman.
Tym Hafer says
Grady family, Frank always brought a smile to all of our faces. “Frankie boy” was a life long friend to Carl, best man at my parents wedding. Friendship is timeless, Frank was a great friend. Tym Hafer
Amy Hopewell says
Grady Family and Friends,
I am so saddened by your loss. I have great memories of Frank with him and my dad Moe being great friends. my prayers and love are with you at this time. Love, Amy Mulcahy Hopewell
Colleen and Family , We are so lucky that we got to know Frank ! He is a shining light to help you navigate this life with his happy spirit and joy . We send you love , strength and healing to move through this transition always relying on his memory ! With Hope and Love , Missy , David , Helen, Maddi , Alex, David and Brooke !
The Magan’s says
The world is a better place because of Frank Grady. It must be a great day in heaven! Requiescat in pace, Frank Grady. xo
Lous (Sperling) Lyon says
Frank was a classmate and friend from 1949 on. God be with and bless his family. RIP Frank
Randy, Kathy & Conner says
Colleen and family, sending all my condolences. It was great to know him pretty much all my life. Growing up he always would welcomed me over to your house, up to Georgetown Lake and up to Echo Lake with your family. I can go on and on about how wonderful your father was to me. The past few years, when I told Binky my son was playing baseball or football in Butte he would always want to go and watch him as Binky would bring him. He will be missed and always remembered.
Carol Heard says
To the Grady family,
I met Frank for the first and only time in 2019, when as a long-lost cousin I showed up to learn a little about our family. Frank spoke about his early days in Butte and about his grandmother Emma Hynes Grady, my grandmother’s sister. He remembered good times visiting a family boarding house up in Walkerville, full of miners and colorful characters of early Butte. While visiting, I also met Frank Junior and daughter Colleen, who welcomed me warmly. I’m so glad to have met my second cousin Frank. He was well loved.
Bill McDonald says
Colleen, I will never forget the dinner at Lydias a few years ago with your Dad. I only met him the one time but the stories he had and the fact he knew my Dad and Uncle were heart warming and made me feel at home again in Butte. He impressed me as an extremely kind and humble man. I’m sure he will be missed by many.
My dad Corky Vail wanted me to pass this message along, he said everybody liked Grady! So sorry for your loss of this good man.
With the most deepest sympathy, Corky Vail and Brenda Cortese
Steven Pesanti says
My hat is off to you Frank Grady! You were a true gentleman. RIP
Peggie Best says
RIP Frank. Our thoughts and condolences to the family and friends. Frank was a personal friend of my parents.
Earl & Peggie Huddleston Best.
Frsd Budd says
What a great story, excellent way to tell Mr. Grady’s life legacy. He treated me well from the first time I met him back when Binks and the fellas were raising hell. Frank was a good man and sadly not many like him are still with us. It was an honor to know him and our prayers go out to his entire family and friends. God Bless.
Albert Arviso III says
To the Grady family,
May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck Of the Irish enfold you.
Saint Patrick is the patron Saint of Ireland.
Again, nature is a large feature in Irish Blessings.
I am honored and blessed to have known your father and grandfather, Frank. He was truly a blessing in my life and
I will miss him. My most heartfelt Condolences.
John Newman says
To the Grady family. Sorry to hear of Franks passing. He will be missed.
Condolences from the Elliston Newman’s.
Denis Markovich says
Colleen and family, I knew your Dad over the years. Always enjoyed talking with him. Always dropping off a cold beers after work they there doing. Him and Jack Mcloud were like Laurel and Hardy. He was a great guy.
Renee Keith says
Colleen and Family, you are all in my prayers. Frank will fly high in angel wings. Sending my blessings
Skip and Diane Snyder says
So sorry to hear of the passing of this wonderful man. What a legacy he built.
I just came upon this! 2020 was chaotic and I’m sorry I missed saying goodbye to Frank. I know my Dad ( Gene Witt) welcomed him along with Joyce and other family members. On my Dads death bed about a week before he died; I asked who his best friend was- he whispered quietly ” Grady”. Thanks Frank for giving my dad so many great memories he had many friends so you must have been special. ❤❤ My condolences to his family. 🎚
Randy Christensen says
Excellent Butte Nan personal friend always willing to go the extra mile to help other’s in need. R.I.P. GRADY. 😄😘😄😍
Randy Christensen says
Excellent Butte Man personal friend always willing to go the extra mile to help other’s in need. R.I.P. GRADY. 😄😘😄😍