WORCESTER-Brian T. McGrath, 76, passed away Monday, December 5 at his home, surrounded by his family.
He leaves his wife of 45 years, Patricia A. (Cameron) McGrath; six sons, Chuck McGrath and his wife, Lauren of Whitinsville, Scott McGrath and his companion, Pam Cantwell of Worcester, John McGrath and his wife, Kristina of Worcester, Stephen McGrath and his wife, Kathleen of Auburn; Andrew McGrath and his wife, Sara of Annandale, VA and Vincent McGrath and his companion, Samantha Jones of Ellenwood, GA; thirteen grandchildren, Brandon, Olivia, Bridget, Julian, Sarah, Benjamin, Lora, Shannon, Cameron, Shaun, Jack, Vincent, Jr., Selena; six great-grandchildren, Adelynne, Gabriel, Raylan, Calvin, Annaliese and Luca; and an “unofficial adopted daughter”, Marlene Johnson of Oxford. A sister, Rita McGrath predeceased him. He was born in the Bronx, NY son of Bernard and Rita (Garrepy) McGrath and graduated from, Mount St. Michael Academy, Assumption College, received his Master’s Degree from Manhattan College and later received his certification as a Senior Human Resources Specialist.
Brian taught at public school in Ardsley, Hastings, and Yonkers all in New York before teaching in Danbury, CT, Sturbridge, MA and at Fanning Trade High School in Worcester for ten years where he also coached basketball, field hockey and softball. Before teaching at Salter College for 7 years he worked as as a Human Resources Executive at RCAP Solutions in Gardner. He was a member of St. John’s Church where he was a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and a member of the parish choir. He was also a member of the music ministry at the Christ Center in Sterling. He had a tremendous love of all New York sports teams, especially the Mets. He was a voracious reader and for the past 17 years built and operated an online Book and Music Business with his wife. Above all Brian cherished his family and the time spent with them. In addition to his beloved family Brian loved all his students and encouraged them to be the best they could be.
The family wishes to express deep gratitude to the UMass radiation and oncology departments, the “Hospital At Home” program, and the VNA nurses and their hospice at home program.
Visiting Hours are Sunday, December 11 from 2 to 5pm at Callahan Fay Caswell Life Celebration, 61 Myrtle St. A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, December 12 at 11am in St. John's Church, 40 Temple St. Burial will follow in St. John's Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Brian’s memory to St. John’s Food Pantry or Neady Cats at www.neadycats.org.