Philip Thomas McGrath Jr.

November 3, 1945November 2, 2018

11/3/1945 - 11/2/2018, the son of Philip T. Sr. and Marjorie (Killeen) McGrath, (both deceased). Father of Philip C. (Holly Z.), Brian (fiancée Melissa McGuire), Lori Workinger (Matt) and Jen Allen (Kevin). Much loved oldest brother of Corrine (Queenie) Fitzpatrick (Tim), Holly Urbanc (Bruce, deceased), Christopher (Linda), Timothy, Molly Stewart (Scott), Megan Cohen (Martin), Gregory (Patti), and Michael. Phil was a grandfather, beloved uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend of many. Phil was a US Navy veteran serving in Viet Nam and a retired Police Officer. Philip died peacefully Nov. 2, 2018 due to the ravages of Alzheimer's. In lieu of flowers please send donations in Phil's name to USO PO Box 96860 Washington, DC 20077-7677. Phil's family is deeply grateful to the nurses and staff of the Arcadia Unit of Manor Care N. Olmsted OH. for their loving care. Family will receive friends Monday November 19th 9:30-10:15 AM followed by a Funeral Mass at 10:30 AM at St. Ann Church of Communion of Saints Parish, 2175 Coventry Road, Cleveland Hts., OH. Internment Western Reserve National Cemetery Rittman Ohio. On line condolences at


  • Visitation Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Funeral Mass Monday, November 19, 2018
  • Interment Monday, November 19, 2018

Philip Thomas McGrath Jr.

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Greg McGrath

November 16, 2018

We are grateful our brother Phil is at peace, yet even though we knew the day would come he leaves us grieving for our loss but rejoicing at last for his sleep.

I remember him teaching me driving tricks and important things too -like stay out of the fast lane if you only drive the speed limit, be a courteous driver, how to get out of a skid (this was before driver's ed).

I remember waiting for his reel to reel tapes sent from far away places like Alaska and Viet Nam and how he would say something to everyone aunties, kids parents etc.

I remember the monstrosity of boat in our backyard that he dreamed of restoring when he came home from the USN

I think about the respect other conveyed about him, and the helpfulness to his elders - always. We wish him Godspeed.