CHICAGO - On Tuesday, July 19, 2011, Tom Grady, Marketing Director for Metal Building Products of The Sherwin-Williams Co., passed away at the age of 45.

Respected and admired by his colleagues, Grady came to Sherwin-Williams during the company’s Pratt and Lambert acquisition in the mid-‘90s. At that time, he was a Powder Representative. Through the years, Grady evolved into liquid and ultimately into the MBP group. He was instrumental in getting the company’s Kynar coatings into the field through testing and the approval process.

Grady loved to share his knowledge with his coworkers and would lobby diligently to be a part of the annual Tech Rep training put together by David Marthaler, AWSTC Facility Manager for Sherwin-Williams. He helped out in a number of product trainings for the company’s field personnel all over North America.

Grady is survived by his wife, Jane (Kalinoski) Grady, and daughters Elizabeth and Kaitlyn.

In lieu of flowers, the family has created a college fund for Grady's two children; one is currently in college, and the other is in high school. Donations can be made to the Educational Fund at M&T Bank, 740 Maple Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221.