Walter F. "Herky" McGrade

Walter F. 'Herky' McGrade
Lowell High School Athletic Hall of Famer

DRACUT -- Walter F. "Herky" McGrade, age 74, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Merrimack Valley Hospice House in Haverhill, after a short illness.

He was the beloved husband of Rosaleen McGrade.

He was born in Lowell on September 12, 1939, a son of Blanche (Demers) McGrade of Dracut and the late Walter McGrade. Herky was a longtime resident of Dracut and was formerly of Lowell. He received his education through Lowell schools, having graduated from Lowell High School where he was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame. He was an avid sports fan and was the captain of the baseball team at the Stoklosa Middle School.

Prior to his retirement, Herky was employed with the city of Lowell as a custodian for 10 years, and also worked at Courier Citizen in Lowell for 20 years. He was a friend of Bill W.

Besides his wife, Rosaleen, and his mother, Blanche, he is survived by two daughters, Sandra Kulis and her husband, David of Lowell, Susan Faticanti and her companion, Mark Sousa of Salem, NH; a son, William McGrade of Derry, NH; two step children, Donny Wallace and Sally of Gloucester, and Dan and Kathy Monsen of Ayer; a sister, Frances Long and her husband, Warren of Dracut; a good friend, David LeBourdais of Lowell; his former wife, Carol Krawkoski of Derry, NH; 11 grandchildren, David Faticanti, David and Andrew Kulis, Megan, Jack, Lucy, Shannon and Ryan McGrade and John and Anna Monsen and Luke Wallace; one great-grandchild, Nadia Faticanti; also many nieces and nephews.

He was the brother of the late Paul McGrade.

McGRADE -- At his request, there will be no calling hours. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his Funeral Mass on Wednesday morning, April 16 at 9:30 o'clock at St. Margaret Church, Lowell. Interment will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to

Arrangements are in the care of the M. R. LAURIN & SON FUNERAL HOME, 295 Pawtucket St., Lowell 978-452-0121,

Funeral Home

M.R. Laurin & Son Funeral Home
295 Pawtucket Street Lowell, MA 01854
(978) 452-0121

Published in Lowell Sun on Apr. 14, 2014