James
T.
McGrory Jr.


JAMES T. McGRORY was born on July 25, 1927 to James T. and Marguerite McGrory. When the Census was taken in 1930 the family, which included younger siblings Doris and Joseph lived at 527 Fairview Street. The elder McGrory managed an American Stores grocery. The 1940 Camden City Directory shows the family at 4713 Lafayette Avenue in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

After serving with the United States Army during World War II James T. McGrory joined the Camden Fire Department in May of 1956. 

The 1959 New jersey bell telephone Directory shows James T. McGrory Jr. at 432 Pfeiffer Street in East Camden. By October of 1969 he had moved to 111 Terrace Avenue. He was still living at that address as late as the fall of 1977.

James T. McGrory served with distinction for over 34 years before retiring on pension August 1, 1990 at the 

rank of Captain. He had served as Captain with Engine Company 11 in Cramer Hill in the early 1970s, and with Engine Company 9 in East Camden later in the decade.

After his retirement, James McGrory worked for the Pennsauken Country Club and at the Inglesby & Son Funeral Home. He was active in Masonic affairs, and was a member of the New Jersey Retired Police & Fire Association.

James T. McGrory was active for many years in the fund raising efforts of the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund. He took part in the research that resulted in the Camden Fire Department 125th Anniversary book. He remained interested in the affairs of the Camden Fire Department, and was an attendee at the firefighter's reunion diner at The Pub in Pennsauken, New Jersey in August of 2009.

In later years James McGrory resided in Pennsauken, New Jersey. James McGrory passed away on November 9, 2009. He was survived by his wife, the former Thelma Anconetani, son James McGrory, and daughter Joan McGrory.


In front of Fire Headquarters, North 5th and Arch Streets, 1958
Firemen Raymond Banford, James McGrory, James Stewart, Chester Gedrich

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 July 18, 1960- An industrial accident with a fatality, at the Cooper River at Baird Avenue. A Front end loader flipped off embankment pinning the operator underwater. 

In the foreground without shirt: Battalion Chief William Deitz, 2nd Battalion, who first arrived at scene and attempted rescue of operator. Members of Rescue Company 1 are Fireman Edward Brendlinger (kneeling on the machine's wheel) and Firemen John Mogck Jr. and James McGrory in the boat. Battalion Chief Deitz would later be killed in the line of duty and Fireman John Mogck would become Chief of Department.


 July 4, 1974- Captain Jim McGrory of Engine Company 11 removes the body of a child killed when an occupied house was fire-bombed at 600 Elm Street. The fore spread to nine adjoing properties and left 50 people homeless.


 July 1, 1980- Captain Jim McGrory of Engine Company 11 and crew packing hose after a one alarm house fire at North 35th Street and Harrison Avenue.


Camden Fire Department Reunion Dinner - August 26, 2009

John DiMaggio, Bob Bartosz, Jim McGrory


Camden Courier-Post - November 11, 2009

McGRORY, James T., Jr. 

On Nov. 9, 2009, age 82, of Pennsauken NJ. Beloved husband of Thelma (nee Anconetani) and dear father of James (Kim) McGrory of Lumberton and Joan McGrory of Cherry Hill. Dear brother of Doris (Blair) Hutton of Pennsauken. Jimmy was a retired Camden Firefighter, member of the Merchantville Lodge No. 119 F. & A.M., Crescent Temple Shrine, Royal Order of Jesters Crescent Court 64, Excelsior Consistory, NJ Retired Police & Fire Assoc., Camden Co. Hero Scholarship, WW II Army Veteran, former employee of Pennsauken Country Club & Inglesby & Sons Funeral Home. Relatives and friends of the family are kindly invited to attend his Visitation Friday 6-9 PM (Firefighters Service 8 PM) & Saturday 9-10:30 AM (Masonic Service 10 AM) at the FUNERAL HOME OF INGLESBY & SONS, 2426 Cove Road. Pennsauken NJ 08109. Funeral Service 10:30 AM. Ent. Harleigh Mausoleum. Donations to the Camden County Hero Scholarship Fund, 191 W. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ 08009 preferred. Info & guestbook @ www.inglesbyfuneralhome.com    

 

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