OBITUARY

William H McGrath

June 27, 1962November 18, 2021

William Harold McGrath passed away on November 18th, 2021 in Hollywood, Florida at the age of 59. He is survived by his sister, Deborah Cutler, brother and sister in law, Richard and Cynthia McGrath, and step mother Karen McGrath.

Bill grew up in Framingham Massachusetts and graduated from Framingham North High School. He was very active in sports where his talents took him to a state championship in bowling at a young age as well as a brief career in minor league baseball before his injuries sidelined him from the sport.

Bill later enlisted in the army and served several years including active duty overseas in Germany before leaving the military with an honorable discharge. Bill returned to the family farm in Pennsylvania spending many happy years with his brother Rick and sister in law Cindy.

Searching for more from life, Bill entered and graduated from Penn State University with a teaching degree. He used the degree to educate in a maximum security juvenile prison back in Boston, Massachusetts. When asked why he would work in such a dangerous situation, he would always reply, “I only need to save one kid at a time to know I’m doing a great job.” Due to Bill’s efforts many went on to receive their GED from high school.

Bill eventually made it to his true calling in Ft Lauderdale, Florida teaching at Somerset Academy Charter School. He would spend 19 years educating, story telling, and basking in the glory of teaching hundreds, if not thousands of young adults how to live their Best Life. He taught them to live with honesty, integrity, and the self confidence to achieve the greatness they deserve.

Bill will be sadly missed.

In lieu of flowers, a scholarship fund has been established in William’s name at Somerset Academy Charter School. If you would like to make a donation please send to Somerset Academy Charter School, 20803 Johnson St., Pembroke Pines, Florida 33029. (Memo post “William Mcgrath Scholarship Fund”.)

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Ophelia McKinney

November 25, 2021

You were one of my best friends Bill! We talked for many hours, multiple times a week, regardless of if im in Fort Lauderdale or Michigan. So this is so hard on me knowing from now on there is no more great long talks with you. I miss you so much and loved him smart and positive you were in all our random conversations. I was coming from north MI to see you in a few weeks and just talked with you for hours this Monday night into the start of Thursday... I can't believe that will be out last great conversation. XoXo Bill and I cant wait to see you on the other side.

P.S. Here is a pic of you and me matching dollar for dollar in one of our donations for a MI DNR persons accident when he was kept asleep. It is one of my favorite pics of all the years I have know you.

Kimy BENDACHA

November 25, 2021

“IT’S MY PLEASURE” was his favorite line and I must say my Dear Teacher Bill , it was my honor to get to know the wonderful person you were.
Talking to you always made me feel good about my self, you definitely were a good listener especially with my Heavy French accent. We laughed about it but mostly you the one who made me laugh and everyone around you
I admire you in any way ! Because you were the most genuine , humble , funny and brilliant person I’ve ever met .
We will truly miss you Bill!

Eric Jorgensen

November 25, 2021

We called him Teacher Bill down here in Hollywood. He was truly a great friend and he touched the lives of many. I have great memories of long conversations about sports /history/government. I am guilty of teasing him when my Giants beat the Patriots in the Super Bowl. Most importantly he loved his students so much and expressed tremendous pride in their accomplishments. Bill will be sorely missed by many.

April Beckenhauer Pino

November 25, 2021

Bill was a wonderful man. He loved teaching and was wonderful at his craft. He loved his students and believed that they could all make a difference. He would sing to them for their birthdays in front of class and danced with the seniors in front of the whole school for a competition.
I knew Bill as his coworker and friend. We taught together for 12 years at Somerset. He was an amazing AP teacher and coordinator. He really helped us grow. My favorite memories of Bill is having lunch with him every afternoon in the teachers' lounge. He had the best quick witted one liners that always made us laugh so hard.
May Bill rest in peace. He has made an impact on so many teachers and students during his life. He will be missed so much.

Brian Farrell

November 24, 2021

It was 'always a pleasure', as Bill was fond of saying, to have a beer with him. He was knowledgeable in so many areas and never weaponized that knowledge, perferring instead to share and listen. It's no wonder 'Teacher Bill' was so well respected by both his students and his friends. Rest in Peace, my friend.

Deborah Cutler

November 23, 2021

This summer was the best. Bill drove to PA to see Rick and Cindy. Then he drove to see his only sister Deb in MA. We went shopping for a real Boston Red Sox hat at Dicks Sporting Goods. Then we went out to eat, like old times, we talked about all the stores that are gone, and how things have changed in Framingham. We talked about when we were kids playing baseball, kickball, hide an seek, and swimming in our pool. We always had the whole neighborhood at our house. The best part was waking up, in the morning and having coffee with my baby brother. Then up and out in his car. I miss you Bill xoxo

Deborah Cutler

November 23, 2021

Deborah Cutler

November 23, 2021

Deborah Cutler

November 23, 2021

Deborah Cutler

November 23, 2021

FROM THE FAMILY