OBITUARY

Sgt. Rachel Reve McKay

December 24, 1995April 8, 2019
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Sgt. Rachel Reve McKay, 23, of Marblehead, MA passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2019 at the United States Army’s Fort Gordon located in Augusta, GA.

Rachel had recently completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, SC, graduating second in her Company within the 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment.

Upon graduation from Basic Combat Training, Rachel was assigned to Fort Benning near Columbus, GA to attend the United States Army’s Officer Candidate School. Rachel was a proud, fit, respected and tireless soldier, and a sought after “battle buddy” by her fellow officer candidates in the highly selective program. She was dedicated to live by and embody the Army’s core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

Prior to earning her appointment to Officer Candidate School, Rachel was an accomplished scholar and student-athlete. Rachel graduated from William Smith College in May 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

At William Smith, Rachel played NCAA Division III athletics as a forward on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team, and as a member of the Women’s Golf Team. During her senior year at William Smith, Rachel earned the golf team’s Most Valuable Player Award, and holds many individual scoring records in the college’s golf program.

Prior to attending William Smith, Rachel graduated from Marblehead High School and, there too, was an elite and recognized athlete playing ice hockey, golf and softball. Rachel also played on elite national women’s ice hockey teams, once travelling to a national championship in Dallas, TX.

But, looking past her military, collegiate and high school accomplishments, Rachel was best at being a sister, daughter and friend. She was a genuine and caring person with extra doses of empathy and admiration for the underdog, and was deeply rooted with a sense of fairness and selflessness. She will be missed more than words can express by the many people she touched during her far too short time with them.

Her extended family and friends are shattered with her having been taken from them too soon, and there will forever be an emptiness in their hearts for Rachel. But they will persevere and remember the light, happiness and joy that Rachel brought into their lives with her humor, friendship, genuineness and candor.

Rachel leaves hundreds of heartbroken friends and family members. Rachel is survived by her parents, David and Deborah, and her loving sister Halle, and her faithful and cherished dog, Eddie, of Marblehead. Rachel is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Vincent and Esther Grimaldi, of New Hartford, NY; her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Ruth McKay, of Rockport, MA; her Aunt Kimmy Fortier, and her husband, Marc, of Hamilton, MA; her Uncle Stuart McKay, and his wife, Ann, and their daughters Maddie and Samantha, of Marblehead, MA; her Uncle Mark Grimaldi, and his wife Kristine, of Clinton, NY; and many other countless relatives and friends across New England and beyond.

Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, on Wednesday, April 17 from 4-8PM. Funeral services for Rachel will be private. To share a memory or to offer a condolence please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com

  • FAMILY

  • David McKAY, Father
  • Deborah McKAY, Mother
  • Halle McKAY, Sister

Services

  • Visitation Wednesday, April 17, 2019
REMEMBERING

Sgt. Rachel Reve McKay

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Chloe Ethier

April 21, 2019

To the McKay Family,
My heart and condolences go out to you. I can’t imagine the pain you must me going through. I remember the day I met Rachel and I was so intimidated by her strength and confidence. As I got to know her I realized how much of a mush she was, especially when it came to Eddie. Her laugh made me laugh, she was such an inspiration to me and a joy to be around. I hope she has found peace and we will all miss her so much. I’m forever grateful to have met someone as amazing as her.

Joan Howard

April 18, 2019

Rachel had a captivating kind & happy spirit ~ she's unforgettable
I'm fortunate to have met her, if only for a short while in her youth
For those close to her, I can't imagine the pain ~ but hope you find strength from each other & from your memories of Rachel.
May she rest in peace.

Brion OConnor

April 18, 2019

Dear Halle, Debbie and David,
Brynne and Lauri join me in offering our heartfelt condolences. We cannot imagine the pain you must be coping with, but we pray that God provides you with some sense of serenity and peace during these trying times.
Sincerely,
-Brion

Melanie Ransom

April 17, 2019

I had the honor of knowing Rachel as one of her swim instructors and mentors for many, many years. We spent many an hour by the pool in between classes talking about life and pretty much everything under the sun. Watching her grow from a slightly shy child to really coming into her own was such a pleasure. Not only was she a tremendous athlete, she was kind, thoughtful, intelligent and a role model to her peers and all of those around her. My heartfelt condolences go out to her family and all who knew her. You don't meet many people in a lifetime like Rachel and I feel blessed that I did and heartbroken that she is gone.

Mary Anne Walker

April 16, 2019

My prayers go out to Rachel ,to you her parents and sister , her whole family and all her friends.
My heart is greatly saddened to hear of her sudden passing while serving our country. I did not know Rachel or your family , but as a former teacher and coach and as a parent and grandparent I cannot imagine your heart break -especially while serving our country. Do pursue every avenue to preserve her fine memory and don’t stop until all your questions have been thoroughly answered. Seek justice.

I believe you will definitely follow through -as Rachel was trying to follow through to fulfill her dream.

She will live on in your hearts always .
May she Rest In Peace.

Joan Geary

April 16, 2019

My heartfelt condolences on the passing of Rachel. Rachel was a remarkable and beautiful person.
At MHS, she was one of my students. Rachel left an indelible impression on anyone who was blessed to know her.
She was an accomplished student and athlete. I will never forget her kind and caring nature, her desire to always do the right thing, her sense of humor and her love of her family.
RIP Rachel. I will always remember you as the shining star that you are.
Your buddy, Ms. Joan Geary

Paul Comerford

April 16, 2019

Thank you for you service, Rachel and may your family find comfort in the happy memories they have of you. R.I.P.

Steve Connors

April 16, 2019

Dave and family - My deepest condolences. I was heartbroken at the news of your loss and send you my thoughts and prayers.

Paul DiMare

April 15, 2019

Debbie, David, Halle and family.
We are so sorry for your loss.
We have some very fond memories of Rachel, her kindness, leadership and her compassion, she was someone you didn’t forget once you met her!
We hope that you and your family can find some solace at this time and reflect on all the great memories you have.
No words can describe our sorrow.
Rachel, please Rest In Peace!

Paul, Donna DiMare and family

Johnny Gold

April 15, 2019

I had the honor and pleasure of being Rachel’s varsity high school softball coach. Rachel was a 4 year varsity starter and tri captain of our 2014 state tournament team. A very good player with excellent defensive skills and a 300 plus hitter during her 4 years. Played hard practices hard and never quit. More important she was a terrific young lady that we will always remember and for ever be grateful for knowing. Our 2019 season will be dedicated in her memory and our hearts go out to her entire family.
We will never forget

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Biography

Sgt. Rachel Reve McKay, 23, of Marblehead, MA passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2019 at the United States Army’s Fort Gordon located in Augusta, GA.

Rachel had recently completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, SC, graduating second in her Company within the 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment.

Upon graduation from Basic Combat Training, Rachel was assigned to Fort Benning near Columbus, GA to attend the United States Army’s Officer Candidate School. Rachel was a proud, fit, respected and tireless soldier, and a sought after “battle buddy” by her fellow officer candidates in the highly selective program. She was dedicated to live by and embody the Army’s core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity and personal courage.

Prior to earning her appointment to Officer Candidate School, Rachel was an accomplished scholar and student-athlete. Rachel graduated from William Smith College in May 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

At William Smith, Rachel played NCAA Division III athletics as a forward on the Women’s Ice Hockey Team, and as a member of the Women’s Golf Team. During her senior year at William Smith, Rachel earned the golf team’s Most Valuable Player Award, and holds many individual scoring records in the college’s golf program.

Prior to attending William Smith, Rachel graduated from Marblehead High School and, there too, was an elite and recognized athlete playing ice hockey, golf and softball. Rachel also played on elite national women’s ice hockey teams, once travelling to a national championship in Dallas, TX.

But, looking past her military, collegiate and high school accomplishments, Rachel was best at being a sister, daughter and friend. She was a genuine and caring person with extra doses of empathy and admiration for the underdog, and was deeply rooted with a sense of fairness and selflessness. She will be missed more than words can express by the many people she touched during her far too short time with them.

Her extended family and friends are shattered with her having been taken from them too soon, and there will forever be an emptiness in their hearts for Rachel. But they will persevere and remember the light, happiness and joy that Rachel brought into their lives with her humor, friendship, genuineness and candor.

Rachel leaves hundreds of heartbroken friends and family members. Rachel is survived by her parents, David and Deborah, and her loving sister Halle, and her faithful and cherished dog, Eddie, of Marblehead. Rachel is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Vincent and Esther Grimaldi, of New Hartford, NY; her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Ruth McKay, of Rockport, MA; her Aunt Kimmy Fortier, and her husband, Marc, of Hamilton, MA; her Uncle Stuart McKay, and his wife, Ann, and their daughters Maddie and Samantha, of Marblehead, MA; her Uncle Mark Grimaldi, and his wife Kristine, of Clinton, NY; and many other countless relatives and friends across New England and beyond.

Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, on Wednesday, April 17 from 4-8PM. Funeral services for Rachel will be private. To share a memory or to offer a condolence please visit www.eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com