William F. McGrath Sr., (Bill)
Newark---Passed peacefully surrounded by his family Dec. 31. Born in Rochester, NY, Dec. 19, 1929 to Louis G. and Anna E. McGrath.
Bill was a combat Army Veteran of the Korean War, was a member the VFW and the American Legion and was proud to be a part of Honor Flight. He was a faithful Roman Catholic, a dedicated Cursillista, and a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a dedicated provider who was proud of his family and supported them in their many and diverse endeavors. We are grateful for his fidelity and dedication to us all.
Predeceased by: his daughter, Colleen Theresa; sisters, Alice L. (Ed McNiel, Joe Aliano), Ann M. Lockwood (Donald); brothers, Robert L. and Charles B. (Kay) McGrath. Bill is survived by his 9 surviving children: Margaret “Peggy” (Chuck) Abell, Gregory (Rene), Rev. William F “Mickey” McGrath Jr, Sean (Elizabeth), Daniel (Tracy), Eireann (Michael) Wells, Michael (Heather) McGrath, Devin and Jeremiah.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Mary Kay (White), his sister-in-law, Dolores, brother-in-law, Paul; 21 grandchildren: Bobbie Anne Abson; Noah and Ethan Beers; Jonah, Emma and Colleen McGrath; Breanne and Madison McGrath; Joseph, Helena, John, Michael, Lily, Anna and Maria McGrath; Cassidy and Abigail McGrath; Maegan, Brendan, Jacob and Audrey Wells; and step-granddaughter, Daya Simpson and many nieces and nephews.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini Parish, 124 Evergreen St., Rochester, NY 14605.
Calling hours will be in St. Francis Church in Phelps, NY. Friday, Jan. 8, from 4:00-7:00 PM. Funeral Mass of Christian Burial, St. Francis Church, Phelps, NY, Sat. Jan. 9 at 10:00 AM. Private reception. Face masks will be required.