It is with deepest regret we inform you of the passing of Commissioner Thomas Bernard O’Grady. Commissioner O’Grady was a distinguished figure known for his contributions to law enforcement and community service. He passed away on April 16, 2024, surrounded by his family.

Commissioner O’Grady had a remarkable career in law enforcement, which began when he joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Cornerbrook, Newfoundland at the age of 18. He served in various roles within small-town policing in Ontario before gradually working his way up to becoming the Commissioner of the Ontario Provincial Police from 1988-1998.

Commissioner O’Grady had a positive and ongoing relationship with the OPP Association and always ensured the OPPA was involved in the policing environment of the OPP. His commitment to fairness and justice was evident in his friendly and impartial approach to law enforcement, guided by the principle of “What would a reasonable person do in a similar situation?”

Throughout his career, Commissioner O’Grady’s values of inclusivity and positivity earned him many accolades, including the Order of Canada, the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, the Confederation of Canada Medal, and the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal. He was also an instructor at the Ontario Police College and served as the president of the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police. He graduated from the FBI National Academy.

Commissioner O’Grady’s passing leaves a void in our hearts and the law enforcement community. However, his legacy of integrity, service, and inclusivity will continue to inspire for generations to come.

There will be a Funeral Mass at St. Anne’s Church in Peterborough, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, 2024, with a Reception to follow at the church hall. A private family interment will take place at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Roman Catholic Cemetery in Hastings, ON.

In memory of Commissioner O’Grady, if you wish, please donate to: Online condolences may be made online at: