DUNKIRK — Charles “Ben” Grady Jr. died peacefully on Friday, 24 June 24, 2011 at the Chautauqua County Home in Dunkirk.
Mr. Grady was born 19 July 1921 in Orange N.J. to Charles Grady and Laura LaForce Grady. Family life was divided between time spent in New Jersey and Skytop, Pa.
He graduated from Stevens Institute of Technology and was a member of the Sigma Nu Engineering Fraternity.
During World War II, he served for a short time in the U.S. Navy, and after being discharged due to asthma, he held top secret clearance to work in ordinance design.
Mr.Grady worked for a number of manufacturing firms before becoming senior engineer for the W.L. Maxson Corp. in New York City. Later, he started his own company, The Metrodynamics Corporation, which specialized in solid-state power controls.
During the 1970s Ben designed control circuitry for an electric car for the Rowan Controller Co. During his engineering years, he developed more than 100 patents.
An avid skeet shooter, Ben was invited to try out for the U.S. Olympic team but turned it down due to work and family.
A daily walker for most of his life, he loved the outdoors. Ben grew a delightful and productive vegetable garden. He also enjoyed cooking, classical music, travel, golf, and tennis.
In 1981 Mr.Grady designed and built a solar-powered home in Lake Placid. He belonged to the Lake Placid Club and continued to shoot skeet after retiring to Prescott Ariz., winning awards until age 80.
Predeceased by his first spouse, Ruth Von Hofe, Ben is survived by his wife, Inge Reppermund Grady of Cottonwood Ariz.; brother Peter LaForce Grady of Mt. Pocono, Pa.; four children: C.B. III (Janice) of Denver Colo., Sharon (Michael Marks) of Boulder Colo., Frederick of Arlington Va. and Michael (Carolyn Kieber) of Fredonia; six grandchildren; and in California, a niece Laura (Adam Barnhart); and two nephews: Scott and Sebastian (Laura Haney).
Funeral arrangements will be private.
The family requests that any condolence donations be given to the National Wildlife Federation, www.NWF.org.