Linda J. (McGrath) Beaton

May 17, 1958December 27, 2018
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BEATON, Linda J. (McGrath), a life-long resident of Norwood, passed away on December 27, 2018, surrounded by her family.

She was the beloved wife of Frederick R. Beaton of Norwood. Loving mother of Michelle Bodwell and her husband, Jesse of Manchester, NH and Melissa Beaton of Norwood. Cherished grandmother of Ethan Bodwell. Dear sister of Carol Holmes and her husband, Bruce of Walpole and Nancy Flynn and her husband, Christopher of Mansfield. Also, caring Mother-In-Law, Ruth Beaton and Sisters-In-Law, Ruth A. Nanos and her husband John of Palm Springs, CA, Shelly Coehlo and her husband Robert of Plymouth, Karen Mordas and her husband Stephen of Bridgewater and late Laura Vickers and Jeanne Paredes. Linda is also survived by nieces, nephews and many cousins. She will be missed by all who loved her, including lifelong friends from the neighborhood.

Born in Boston, Linda was the daughter of the late William G. and Virginia A. (Sprague) McGrath. Linda worked at FM Global for the past 40-plus years where she was well admired by her colleagues. In her spare time, Linda enjoyed gardening, scrapbooking, spending time at the beach, and hosting various holiday parties throughout the year. Her home decorating skills were playfully compared to those of Martha Stewart. She especially cherished spending time with her beloved grandson Ethan. Linda will be forever remembered for her vibrant smile and her vivacious zest for life as well as her endearing love for her family.

Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, January 5, 2019 from 1 – 4 p.m. with a service immediately following in the Gillooly Funeral Home at 126 Walpole Street, Norwood.


  • Visitation at Gillooly Funeral Home Saturday, January 5, 2019
  • Prayer Service in Gillooly Funeral Home Saturday, January 5, 2019

Linda J. (McGrath) Beaton

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Lorraine Bunnell

January 2, 2019

To all of Linda's Family & those who knew, loved & shared your lives with Linda, I am so very very sorry for your loss. We used to work in the same building years ago. I haven't seen Linda in quite sometime but think of her often.
We used to chat at work and she always had me laughing. She had a great smile and was a truly kind & loving person.
My Sincerest Condolences

Maureen Labrie

January 2, 2019

There are no words to really express how much she meant to me, my friend of many years! (B.C. before children as we would say). Many great memories we shared. You are always in my heart.

Tricia/Tommy Melling

January 1, 2019

Our Dearest Linda,
The New Year begins without a "Loving" wife, mother, grandmother and best friend. We will cherish every year, month, day, minute, second our of lives spent together. We will forever hold you in our hearts and memories for every year, month, day, minute, second for the rest of our lives. We love you and will miss you "Forever". Tricia and Tommy

Elin Soderholm

December 31, 2018

I worked with Linda many years ago in FM Global's training department. I will always remember Linda's upbeat personality, her smile and her laughter. It was my good fortune to know her. My condolences to her family.

Ellie Fahrenholt

December 31, 2018

My thoughts and prayers are with Linda's family and friends. I will always love and miss you my dear friend. Forever in my heart.

Susan Curran

December 30, 2018

The fun and laughter we all shared, the night before our lives changed forever, will remain one of my happiest memories. The "girls" Christmas party was a tradition I loved. That after over 50 years we have all remained friends is a gift unto itself. The neighborhood won't be the same. Love you Lindy-Lu.

Jill Polvinen

December 29, 2018

Linda, we couldn't have wished for a more wonderful person to be a part of our family for all these years. I will always think of you smiling and laughing and how you lit up when you talked about Ethan. We are all so blessed to have had you in our lives and you will be so very missed. Hope to see you again on the other side. Love you xox

Debby Glynn

December 28, 2018

I loved our New York trips. We will miss you forever.