Michael Robert McGrath
February 28, 1976 – June 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.
- Memorial Service Saturday, July 21, 2018
Michael Robert McGrath
August 13, 2018
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.
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!!!!!
July 27, 2018
July 20, 2018
Miss you 😘
July 20, 2018
July 15, 2018
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.
Rest In Peace my love. I will always love you!
July 4, 2018
July 4, 2018
July 4, 2018
After many concerts, Jameson shots, our love of metal & punk, horror movies, Jay & Silent Bob jokes, Godzilla, and zombies; I knew I loved you the 1st time you came over to me on that sailor peg leg of yours. You were as diehard as they come, but there was an apparent sweet side. After a few weeks and dozens of flowers, you stood in my kitchen wearing an all black suit, black shirt, with a bright green tie, got on one knee, sweaty, nervous, and proposed. Of course, I said yes. Next thing you know we were in the delivery room to have Declen Angus. You had your boy, you had a family. But somewhere you chose to go down a road Declen and I were not on. Regardless, I never stopped loving you, I never gave up hope on us even through the obstacles in our way, that one day you would come home. Now you have, to watch over Declen. He will be raised as if you were here, I may need more tats, but he will know you loved him, and he will watch Godzilla movies, and listen to metal, sadly without you present. No one will ever know why you chose to leave us all, so many people loved you and miss you. This does not feel real and our son does not understand. Truly, Mike McGrath you were something else with so many layers, you cannot be put into words. In 1 thousand miles, in 1 thousand more, I love you McGrath. leve ved sverdet do av sverdet
July 1, 2018
I knew the first time you and your sailor peg of a leg came up to me, I loved you. That was it. You were truly as diehard as they come, but you had that sweet side and I knew it. Still, I rejected you. You weren't having that though. No one tells Mike McGrath no. After dozens of flowers, concerts, horror movies, zombies, Jay & Silent Bob jokes, and trips to the Smokey Mountains, you made an honest woman out of me. As I walked in the house, you were standing in the kitchen wearing an all black suit, black shirt, with a bright green tie. I will never forget it or how nervous & sweaty you were. You got on one knee, and asked me to marry you. Of course I said yes, I loved you. And then..... we were pregnant! For weeks waiting on the obgyn appointment you continuously made sure we stayed pregnant. 20 pregnancy tests, a rough pregnancy, and 8 months later, we had Declen Angus McGrath-Dicaterino on December 3rd. There he was, your son, part of us, as I lie paralyzed from the neck down thanks to the epidural. Cody Dicaterino had a brother too. We had our family. Not far off, this brought you to a crossroads and you chose another road other than us. There were obstacles in our life that would not go away preventing us from being the family we should've been. Through everything, as painful as this is to write, I never stopped loving you, I never gave up on us & waited. With regret, I now know that day will never come, ever. Declen loves you, misses you & doesn't understand this. My word to you is that I will raise him and guide him as if you were here with us, although I may need more tats to do it, I will. There is a part of you left behind as a reminder to me everyday of us that I will never forget....in 1 thousand miles and 1 thousand more...Love, your Snookie and Declen
June 28, 2018
I have so much I want to say but have no idea how to put it all into words. Mike....you and I have known each other since we were kids. We had a very interesting relationship to say the least. Our lives have continuously crossed paths even when we were headed in different directions. 6 months ago we crossed paths once again. We have spent every single day since talking with one another...laughing, crying and teasing as only we know how. You leaving this world has torn me open. I hope you understand how much you were, and are, loved. I hope you can see how much you are missed. I am utterly grateful to have spent this time together even though we lived so far apart. Mike, I sincerely hope you are at peace now in Valhalla. Watch over Declen and keep an out for me too, will ya. Tell Odin I said hi. I will see you again...till then..."Love ya, Babe."
June 26, 2018
I’ve been Mike's friend longer than I can remember. We had first communion together. We both loved Boston sports and wrestling. Even though years and miles separated us. We always were those 8 year old boys throwing rocks and talking wrastlin. I will miss you old friend. Till we meet again.
June 25, 2018
I had no idea when I first met you the impact you would have on us. You came into our lives and left a mark that will be everlasting. I have to thank you for giving my mom and I the best gift anyone could ever receive. Through all your successes you have achieved in life the greatest one continues to smiles back at us everyday, Declen. This is not goodbye, because you are still here with him. Every time he laughs, I see a bit of your goofy side in him. I know you are here watching over him, ready to guide him into the man you always wanted to be. I promise you that Declen will have everything in this world and I know you will be there laughing with us through it all.
June 24, 2018
I met Mike 9 years ago when I moved to Jacksonville. Mike helped me in my career to become an officer. He always wanted me to succeed. I will miss his goofiness, his crazy ideas, and of course remember him for all his tattoos. Even though we weren't close at his time of passing, I will always remember the good times we had.
June 23, 2018
Mike was a close friend to my husband and myself. Circumstances of decisions he made in his life separated us the last several years, but we never stopped caring for our friend. We are saddened to learn of his passing. Please find peace my friend and rest in our hearts forever.