OBITUARY

Michael Robert McGrath

February 28, 1976June 20, 2018

Michael Robert McGrath, known by friends as “Mike”, passed away suddenly on June 20, 2018, at the age of 42. Mike was born February 28, 1976 and grew up in Millstone, New Jersey. As an adult he moved to Jacksonville, Florida. In 2004, he joined the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office and served 14 years as a Correctional Officer. Mike loved spending time with family, watching Godzilla, chasing Bigfoot and everything Irish.

Mike was preceded in death by his parents, William and Janet McGrath. He is survived by his son Declen; fiancée Jenni and her daughter Abbi, who Michael loved as his own daughter; aunt Meredith; and cousins Nancy, Scottie, Bob, Jaime and Chris. He also leaves behind many beloved friends in Florida and New Jersey.

A memorial service with JSO Honor Guard will be held on July 21, 2018 at 2:00 p.m. at Harvest Time Sanctuary Church, 4502 Old Middleburg Road North, Jacksonville, Florida 32210. Mike’s ashes will be laid to rest in Tennent Cemetery along with his parents plot in Tennent, New Jersey.

Services

  • Memorial Service Saturday, July 21, 2018
REMEMBERING

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Jenni Smith

August 13, 2018

Jenni Smith

August 12, 2018

Your ashes and urn are now in NJ and ‘Bolio’ will be putting them at your parent’s plot. This will be a great final resting place.

I’ve heard and read what many officers had to say about you and it was the same I used to tell you. You had a good heart, you were a hard worker, good officer and you loved with your whole heart, especially your son. Thank you for spending the rest of your life with me. I only wish we could have spent the rest of my life too. Love you forever.

Robert Crowder

August 3, 2018

Mike, bro I vividly remember the last time I talked to u in person. I always run into u but never the same place twice. You sent me and Kora to lunch and tried to get me a job. You were one of the few in that badge thatgave me hope that some of you actually cared. You are the only one I knew on the street. Alot of people didn't know the side I knew, on Friday July 28 when I was given the news I sat down in Walmart and cried for you bro. I was heart broken. I will always have you in my memory. I spent time on the Jenni today talking about you I think I made her smile. Brother you were well loved and are greatly missed. When my day is up I promise dad will be the first, but you will be person I come looking for. Keep an eye on us and I'll be watching for you. Miss ya bro give em hell buddy!!!!!

D D

July 27, 2018

Jenni Smith

July 20, 2018

Miss you 😘

Jenni Smith

July 20, 2018

Denise DiCaterino

July 15, 2018

Jenni Smith

July 6, 2018

I still remember the night we met, December 27, 2005. Our connection was strong and we both agreed we fell in love that night. For nearly 13 years, we have loved each other on some level and we never could stand to be apart for very long. You used to tell me you were like a moth to a flame and I was your flame (and you Mothra). No two people have ever loved as deeply and purely as we did. I know you were going through a lot your last day here on earth and I’m so thankful that we told each other we loved one another multiple times.
These past couple years, I have been so proud of how hard you’ve worked to overcome your issues. You proved how much you loved me and how much I meant to you. I hope you knew you meant the world to me and I loved you so much. I miss your voice, I miss your face, I miss holding hands and everything we had but mostly I just miss you. We were a couple of dorks together which made life fun. I will always have a hole in my heart from losing you but I will also always have the happy memories of our life together. I feel you near me, still loving me. Abbi misses you terribly too. I remind her often how much you loved her and that you knew she loved you. You called her your daughter and I know you meant it. You always said there were only 3 things that mattered to you in life, Me, Abbi and your son, Declen. And we all loved you back fiercely.
This poem perfectly sums up how I’m feeling now without you here.

The moment that you left me,
my heart was split in two
one side was filled with memories
the other side died with you.
I often lay awake at night
when the world is fast asleep
and take a walk down memory lane
with tears upon my cheek.
Remembering you is easy,
I do it everyday
but missing you is a heartache
that never goes away.
I hold you tightly within my heart
and there you will remain
you see life has gone on without you,
but will never be the same.
Author Unknown

Rest In Peace my love. I will always love you!

Denise DiCaterino

July 4, 2018

Denise Dicaterino

July 4, 2018