Mr James McGrady (Saloon Steward, 1st Class) was born around 1885 in Lisnamore, Crossgar in Co Down, Ireland into a Roman Catholic family.
He was the son of James McGrady (b. circa 1866), a railway worker, and his wife Anne, née Hagan (b. 1867). His father reportedly died before he was born and his mother was later remarried to Thomas Alphonsus Savage (b. 1867), a farmer from Killyleagh, Co Down.
James appears to have been raised for a portion of his early life by his widowed maternal grandmother, Margaret Hagan (b. 1816 in Co Down) and they appear together on the 1901 census living at 9 Lisnamore, Crossgar. He was described at the time as an agricultural labourer and aged 16. He apparently went to sea around that age also.
When he signed-on to the Titanic, on 6 April 1912, James gave his local address as the Platform Tavern, (Southampton). His previous ship had been the Oceanic and as a first class steward he received monthly wages of £3, 15s.
James McGrady died in the sinking. His body was later recovered, around 25 May 1912, by the steamship Algerine. The body was transferred to the Florizel and returned to Halifax, Nova Scotia on 11 June 1912, and it was buried along with other Titanic victims at Fairview Lawn Cemetery.
McGrady's was the last body to be recovered, it was listed as #330 but, in fact, only 328 bodies were recovered.