Patrick F. "Bud" McGrath, Jr., 94
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WORCESTER - Patrick F. "Bud" McGrath, Jr., 94, of Worcester, died Saturday, May 10, 2014 at UMASS Memorial Hospital-Memorial Campus.
He leaves his beloved wife of 67 years, Shirley C. (Erickson) McGrath; three sons, Stephen F. McGrath and his wife Deborah of Oxford, Jay P. McGrath and his wife Jane of Paxton and Michael J. McGrath and his wife Toni of Bloomfield, NJ; two daughters, Susan M. Nash and her husband Robert of Worcester and Joan M. McGrath of Worcester. He also leaves four grandchildren, Meghan, Patrick, Ashleigh and Kathleen McGrath; two great-grandsons, Wes and Jake; a brother, John H. McGrath of Lowell; and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by two brothers, Joseph A. and William F. McGrath and two sisters, Kathleen P. McGrath and Mary E. Truedson.
He was born in Worcester, son of Patrick F. and Kathleen B. (Gilrein) McGrath and graduated from Commerce High School. Mr. McGrath was a U.S. Army World War II combat veteran-1st Div. 639th Anti-Aircraft Battery. He served in central Europe and was a proud veteran of the Battle of the Bulge, the Remagen Bridge, earning four battle stars. Bud retired as Sales Manager from Millbury Ford and Mercury in Auburn, formerly in Millbury. In his earlier years, he worked at Denholm & McKay Department Store and played semi-pro baseball for Lakeview Athletics. Bud was a longtime member of St. Peter's Church, Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge Central Mass Chapter 22, Greendale Men's Club, and the Main South American Legion Post 341. He enjoyed gardening, golfing, watching the Red Sox and spending time at his home at the Cape. But most of all, Bud was a family man who loved spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
The funeral will be held on Wednesday, May 14 from CALLAHAN, FAY & CASWELL FUNERAL HOME, 61 Myrtle Street, Worcester with a Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Peter's Church, 931 Main Street, Worcester. Burial will follow at St. John's Cemetery. Visiting hours will be held on Tuesday, May 13 from 5-8 PM at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Macular Degeneration Foundation, P.O. Box 515, Northampton, MA 01061-0515.
Published in Worcester Telegram & Gazette from May 11 to May 13, 2014