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

21 July

Memorial Service

2:00 pm

Harvest Time Sanctuary Church of God

4502 Old Middleburg Road North
Jacksonville, Florida 32210

REMEMBERING

Michael Robert McGrath

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Denise DiCaterino

July 15, 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

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 and looked onto my chest. 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. Out of your no filter mouth came "His balls are yuge!" as I lay there paralyzed from the neck down mortified and laughing at the same time. You had your boy. 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

Denise Dicaterino

July 4, 2018

Nikki Agnese

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."

Jonathan Beaulieu

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.

Cody Dicaterino

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.

Brandy Emery-Arnold

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.

Kelley Koon

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.