Honorable R. Kevin McGrory
Honorable R. Kevin McGrory, 67, of Trenton, passed away suddenly on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at home.
Born in Camden, NJ, he was a lifelong Trenton resident.
He attended Georgetown and Villanova University, and graduated in 1972 from Rutgers Newark School of Law.
Judge McGrory began his legal career as law clerk to the Assignment Judge of the counties of Mercer, Somerset and Hunterdon, New Jersey.
After completing his clerkship, Judge McGrory became an Assistant Prosecutor with the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office. He served as an Assistant Prosecutor for seven years starting as a trial attorney. After two years, he was promoted to head the Narcotics Strike Force. His next assignment was Chief of the Career Criminal Unit. In his final two years as an Assistant Prosecutor, Judge McGrory was Chief of the Homicide Unit.
In 1979, Judge McGrory was nominated and confirmed as a Judge of the Trenton Municipal Court. A year later, he was named Chief Judge. In 1987, he was nominated by the Chief Justice to the position of Presiding Judge in Mercer County. Five years later, he was asked by the Chief Justice to become a five-County Regional Presiding Judge.
In 1992, Judge McGrory was designated by the Chief Justice as Chief Municipal Judge, a position he held for nine years. Judge McGrory retired in 2001. He was asked to return to the Bench in 2005, serving another 18 months. After a two-year retirement, he returned to the practice of law with his wife and partner, Mary Lou Delahanty.
During his career, Judge McGrory has authored several books on Evidence Law. He has lectured both statewide and nationally on Evidence Law and Fourth Amendment issues. He was a Senior Instructor at Garden State Continuing Legal Education. During his judicial career, he served on more than ten Supreme Court Committees, including Municipal Court Practices, Evidence, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Extra Judicial Activities, Judicial Education, Advisory Committees and Judicial Conduct.
Son of the late R. Gerald and Helen Marie Barnes McGrory, and pre-deceased by his infant son, R. Ryan McGrory, he is survived by his wife, Mary Lou, two daughters, Regan and Erin McGrory; one sister, Kate M. Cardelia and husband Dr. James U. Cardelia; one brother in law, Robert J. Delahanty and wife Diane; nieces and nephews, Dr. J. Marc Cardelia, and wife Dr. Cara Novick; Peter Cardelia and wife Daniele; Clarie Sheth and husband Neil; Robert J. Delahanty Jr.; Shawn D. Takas and husband Gus; and several great nieces and great nephews. He is also survived by Heather Middleton Ramirez and husband Joel, who shared a special relationship with Judge McGrory, and he referred to Heather as his “third daughter”.
Judge McGrory greatly enjoyed working on his vintage home, and spending time with his three dogs.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Wednesday 11:00 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church 137 W. Upper Ferry Rd., W. Trenton.
Burial will follow at Newtown Cemetery in Newtown, Pa.
The family will receive visitors on Tuesday evening from 5- 8 at the M. William Murphy Funeral Home 935 Parkway Ave. in Ewing, and Wednesday morning at the church from 10:00 a.m. until time of mass.
Posted on 21 Jul 2014 by MFH