Michael R. "Buddy" McGrady, of Plains, passed away suddenly on Sunday morning.
Michael was born in Plains Township on Aug. 3, 1939, son of the late Michael D. and Isabelle H. (Hope) McGrady.
Michael was a graduate of Sacred Heart High School, Plains, class of 1958. Following high school, he served in the U.S. Navy and the Naval Reserves where he received an Honorable Discharge. He worked for several years at Craft Associates, Parsons, and then enjoyed a 33-year career in sales at Giant Floor and Wall Covering Co. before his retirement.
Mike was very active in his church, Ss. Peter & Paul Parish, Plains, where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, avid choir and Men's Club member. Mike brought smiles and love to the homebound when he administered communion – a ministry he loved dearly.
Mike was devoted to his family and friends. He had the patience of a saint. He was known for his giving, kind, easy-going nature, his love of a good joke and sharing a laugh. He loved visiting with family and friends, gardening, card games, travel and singing. Mike was always humming or whistling a tune. For years he hosted many memorable parties. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his grandchildren, Joey and Anna.
Mike was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Peggy Corcoran.
Michael is survived by his wife, Lillian (Krokos) McGrady, with whom he enjoyed 44 years of marriage; daughter, Michele Bernardo, and her husband, Joseph; son, Kevin McGrady, and girlfriend, Melanie Stephenson; grandchildren, Joseph and Anna; sisters, Mary "Honey" Murphy, Rita Vukovich and husband Walter, and many wonderful brothers and sisters-in-law; numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, cousins and close friends.
The family wishes to express heartfelt gratitude to Dr. Frank Olshemski and staff, Dr. Michalene Torbik, Celtic Home Health Care and Plains Ambulance Association for their loving and compassionate care.
Funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday from Corcoran Funeral Home, Inc., 20 S. Main St., Plains, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in Ss. Peter & Paul Church, 13 Hudson Road, Plains. Interment will follow at St. Mary's Cemetery, Hanover Township, with military honors provided by The U.S. Navy Funeral Detail.
Friends may call 5 to 8 p.m. today at the funeral home.
Michael's wish was that memorial donations be made to Ss. Peter & Paul Food Pantry, 13 Hudson Road, Plains, or the Plains Ambulance Association, 90 Maffett St., Plains, PA 18705.
Online Condolences may be made at www.corcoranfuneralhome.com.
Published in Times Leader on July 30, 2013
Corcoran Funeral Home
20 S Main St Plains, PA 18705