OBITUARY

John "Jack" McGrath

November 18, 1933May 4, 2018
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John "Jack" McGrath, 84, of Cary, passed away peacefully on Friday, May 4, 2018, in his home with his daughter right by his side.

He was born on November 18, 1933 in New York City, New York to the late John and Margaret McGrath. He was a graduate of Manhattan College. He had a distinguished career as an Electrical Engineer in the Aerospace Industry working on Space Shuttle guidance systems. He was a long-time resident of Bloomfield, New Jersey and retired with his wife, Ann Marie, to Cary, North Carolina. He was a life-time member of the Knights of Columbus and a parishioner of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Cary. But out of all of his activities and achievements, spending time with his grandkids was his greatest pride and joy.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ann Marie; grandson, Brian Brown; and brother, Thomas McGrath.

He is survived by his son, Thomas McGrath and his wife, Diane; daughter, Margaret Brown and her husband, Neil; daughter, Kathy Rodriguez and her husband, Henry; sister, Mary Ratigan; grandkids, Michelle and her fiancée, Stephen, Rachel, and Monica McGrath; Jake and Shannon Brown; Alex and Nick Rodriguez and his fiancée, Lisa; and his "adopted" grandkids, Emma, Jessie, and Ryan Johnston.

A visitation will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018, from 4:00-6:00 PM and a Funeral Mass will be on Monday, May 7, 10 AM, at Apex Funeral Home, 550 W. Williams Street, Apex, NC 27502.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603 in memory of John "Jack" McGrath.

Online condolences may be made at ApexFuneral.com

Arrangements by Apex Funeral Home, Apex

  • FAMILY

  • He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Ann Marie; grandson, Brian Brown; and brother, Thomas McGrath. He is survived by his son, Thomas McGrath and his wife, Diane; daughter, Margaret Brown and her husband, Neil; daughter, Kathy Rodriguez and her husband, Henry; sister, Mary Ratigan; grandkids, Michelle and her fiancée, Stephen, Rachel, and Monica McGrath; Jake and Shannon Brown; Alex and Nick Rodriguez and his fiancée, Lisa; and his "adopted" grandkids, Emma, Jessie, and Ryan Johnston.
  • DONATIONS

  • SPCA of Wake County, 200 Petfinder Lane, Raleigh, NC 27603 in memory of John "Jack" McGrath

Services

  • Visitation Sunday, May 6, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, May 7, 2018
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John "Jack" McGrath

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Karen McGovern

May 11, 2018

Dear Tommy, Kathy, Margaret and Family,

Mom and I send you all our condolences and our prayers and our love.

Your dad and granddad lived an amazing life filled with love and much happiness. The love and the joy jump out from every picture in his beautiful and moving tribute.

I have so many wonderful childhood memories of your family. Your mom and dad are two of the sweetest people I’ve ever known.

God bless your dad and your mom and Brian. God bless you all.

With love and prayers, Karen and Rose McGovern

Elizabeth Cavaliero

May 7, 2018

I attended a Bible study with some of the ladies in Park Village, and we would meet at Jack and Ann's house. My boys were on the year-round schedule so when they were little and tracked out of school, I would have to bring them. In order for us ladies to be able to have our study, Jack would find something on TV that my boys enjoyed watching and sometimes watch it with them, or he would find another way to entertain them. He was such a wonderful, sweet man and I will miss him. Your family will be in my prayers as you go through this difficult time.

fjohn reinke (mc1968)

May 6, 2018

The Manhattan College alumni community shares the grief, and is now praying for our fellow alumni and the family at this time. The Alumni Office has been informed. As well as the Jasper Jottings community that I personally can reach. We are all a little poorer now. "No man is an island, entire of itself ... any manʼs death diminishes me". We are sorry for your loss.

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