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McGRATH, John Michael "Umelik"
April 16, 1935 - February 6, 2013
Peacefully at home on Wednesday morning, February 6, 2013. John Michael McGrath of Pakenham at the age of 77 years. Juggler, sea captain, sealer, boat builder, logger, surveyor, dog musher, poker player, pilot, bureaucrat, golfer, cook, game officer, village mayor, philanthropist, deaf advocate, chair leaner, genealogist, computer pioneer, reader, writer, humourist, critic, musician, master of ceremonies, National Defence College Graduate, Honourary Colonel and fisherman on all three of Canada's oceans. Beloved husband of Judy (nee Waldner) McGrath. Loving father of Lani Holland (Andrew), Janet Tamalik McGrath (Kevin Douglas), Sean McGrath (Lori) all of Arnprior, Karla McGrath of Kingston and Noah Nashaooraitook of Taloyoak, Nunavut. Predeceased by son, Seumas. Cherished grandfather of Michael- James, Jacquelyn, Kathleen May-Jun, Seumas, Lindsay, Teresa, Oskar, Sydney- Jane, Karissa and 1 great-grandson, Ari. Dear brother of Mary Darras of Quebec City; Janet Kelly (Paul) of St. Philips, Nfld.; Leslie McGrath of Victoria, B.C.; Antonia McGrath of Switzerland; Carol McGrath of Arnprior; Robin McGrath of Goose Bay, Labrador and Kearney McGrath (Barbara) of Kingston. Predeceased by 2 sisters: Elizabeth and Sheila and brother, Seumas. Family and friends are invited to pay their respects at the Pilon Family Funeral Home and Chapel Ltd., 50 John Street North, Arnprior on Saturday February 9, 2013 from 3 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. A service to honour John's life will be held at the Pilon Family Chapel on Saturday at 5 o'clock, reception to follow. In memory of John, a donation to the "Margie Conroy Deaf Project" in Uganda would be greatly appreciated by the McGrath family and may be made through the Pilon Family Funeral Home. For information regarding condolences, tributes, donations and to access the webcast please visit:


Published in The Ottawa Citizen on Feb. 8, 2013
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