John "Jack" L. McGrath, Sr.

February 28, 1928October 27, 2012

Virginia Beach – John “Jack” L. McGrath, Sr., 84 went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, October 27, 2012. He was born in Florahome, Florida on February 28, 1928. Mr. McGrath was the son of the late Richard and Nita McGrath of Florahome, Florida and Florence, South Carolina.

Mr. McGrath was a World War II veteran and a proud member of the United States Navy for 21 years. He also served as a civilian for 41 years at the Naval Aviation Depot (NADEP) Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia until his retirement as a Production Superintendent in 1987. Jack was a member of the Production Superintendents Association of Naval Shore Establishments, Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, Apprentice and Alumni Association and the FRA Branch 5, of Norfolk, Virginia.

Jack found great pleasure and tremendous pride by serving as the Chairman of the Board and a Member of the Board of Directors of Chartway Federal Credit Union. He also served on the Board of Directors for the We Promise Foundation and remained active with Chartway Federal Credit Union and the We Promise Foundation until the day of his passing.

He was a faithful member of Kempsville Baptist Church and loved the Lord and his church family. Jack was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather, friend and mentor. His devotion to serving others was his greatest calling and our greatest gift. Jack loved sports and was a faithful fan of the Washington Redskins and William and Mary “Tribe” football.

For the last 10 years, Jack was devoted to the care of the love of his life, Patsy. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, Patsy R. McGrath, his children John L. McGrath, Jr. and his wife Donna of Herndon Virginia, Richard A. McGrath and his wife Sheri of Virginia Beach Virginia, and 4 granddaughters – Kathleen Schneider, Sarah McGrath, Alexandra McGrath and Ashley McGrath, and 2 great-grandsons – Maddox Schneider and Ryder Morris. He is also survived by his brother Richard M. McGrath of Chapel Hill, North Carolina and his sister Anita Harrelson of Sumter, South Carolina. He was predeceased by his beloved parents, daughter Kathleen Elizabeth McGrath, brother James W. McGrath, and mother-in-law Ruby E Dugo.

The family would like to gratefully acknowledge the dedicated and compassionate caregivers who enrich our lives daily with their constant uplifting spirit and unwavering friendship.

The family will receive friends from 6pm to 8pm on Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at Smith & Williams Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel. A service to celebrate Jack’s life will be conducted at 11am on Wednesday, October 31, 2012 at Kempsville Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the We Promise Foundation. You can make your donation by visiting the We Promise Foundation website at and clicking on the button make a donation in Memory of Jack McGrath.


  • Visitation Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 31, 2012

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November 25, 2012

Jack was a great friend and, as a Board member, worked tirelessly for the welfare of Chartway members....and never intervened in administrative matters. May God rest his soul.

Wendell & Maggie Parker

November 11, 2012

Jack, we will miss you very much, neighbor and good friend.Thoughts and prayers are with the family at this sad time. He was one of a kind.

November 1, 2012

Dear Richard and Family-
We are so saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Marji and Phil McCaleb

October 31, 2012

sorry to here about John from D0n & steve Don Greenes grage

October 31, 2012

John and family, I am saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Nancy Bond

Illiya Casey

October 30, 2012

God definitely blessed us with an angel on earth. Jack McGrath had a beautiful soul and his smile graced me every Tuesday and Thursday for the past 1 1/2 years. I will miss his warm hugs that always brightened my day and lifted my spirits. He genuinely cared about people and I will miss him dearly and was blessed to call him "friend".

Jennifer Cecil

October 30, 2012

Jack made such a special impact on my life in such a short amoutn of time. I remember when we first met, he immediatley greeted me warmly with a smile and a hug! I will miss those hugs very much. He was one of the best examples of God's love I've ever seen. I am so grateful to have known this wonderful man and will cherish his memory always.

October 30, 2012

Dear Richard and family, We are saddened to hear of your Dad's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Graham and Ellen White

Joni Poole Sult

October 30, 2012

Your Dad was a sweet and caring man who deeply loved his family. A true gentleman. My condolences to you and your family on the loss of your beloved father.

Michelle Auxt

October 29, 2012

Words cannot describe how much this wonderful man touched this earth and my life. I know in just the few years that I knew Jack, he was one of my "angels on earth". He was always smiling, always worried about others, caring for others and offering uplifting words. I always looked forward to seeing his bright smile every Tuesday and Thursday at work. I miss him terribly! My thoughts and prayers go to his wonderful family! We now have another guardian angel to watch over us. Jack, thank you for blessing my life and so many others. I look forward to seeing you again one day, my dear, dear friend!