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John C. McGrath
John C. McGrath, 77, of Highland, entered into eternal peace on August 14, 2016. He was born to John and Margaret McGrath on January 3, 1939 in New York City. He graduated from Manhattan Prep High School, attended Manhattan College and in 1957 he entered the United States Air Force. John completed his education at the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in 1968 and a Master in Business Administration in 1974. After 22 years of service, in 1979 he retired from the United States Air Force at the rank of Captain.
He began working with the Housing Authority of San Bernardino County as the Director of Finance and retired after 32 years as the Executive Director.
He was a professor of accounting and finance at California State University, San Bernardino for over 30 years.
John touched the lives of many with his humor, generosity, and loyalty. He was an active member of the community. He proudly served as President of Civitan Little League and received a lifetime honorable membership. John was widely recognized for his exceptional performance in the military and was a recipient of the Air Force Commendation Medal for his outstanding service and leadership as the key coordinator of emergency relief operations in the wake of Hurricane Camille. He was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Housing Partners I, Inc. of the county of San Bernardino. John was awarded the NAACP Annual Pioneer Award from the mayor and common council of San Bernardino for his commitment to the community. Additionally, he received U.S. Congressional Recognition for his work in community service in Housing.
John is preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Mary McGrath; two brothers, Thomas and Edward; two sisters, Ann and Eileen; seven children, John, Deborah, Michelle, Michael, Erin, Audra, and Patrick; and twenty grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held at Montecito Memorial Park and Mortuary (3520 E. Washington St. Loma Linda, CA, 92354) on August 28th at 1 PM with the reception following. There will be a Catholic mass at 10 AM on Monday, August 29th, at St. Adelaide Church (27457 Base Line, Highland, CA, 92346). Memorial donations may be made to Civitan Little League Ironwood Street, San Bernardino, Ca. 92404.
The family would appreciate any humorous or fond memories of John.
Published in San Bernardino Sun from Aug. 25 to Aug. 27, 2016
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