MICHAEL J. McGRATH
Bloomfield, NJ-It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved brother, Michael J. McGrath,65, who passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Thursday, September 14.
He was born in Worcester, the son of Patrick F. and Shirley C. (Erickson) McGrath. Michael graduated from St. Peter’s High School in the class of 76’. During his time in school his passion for the stage ignited, captivating audiences with his extraordinary talent in several plays. He also was a regular at the Foothills Theatre, Worcester County Light Opera and a fixture playing the piano and singing at the former Tipperary Pub. He had an unwavering dedication to his craft and continued to nurture it at the Boston Conservatory of Music before venturing to New York City in pursuit of his dreams.
His career flourished on Broadway, and he became well known and beloved by all starring in a dozen Broadway Shows. His accomplishments are too many to mention, but his greatest accomplishments were his Tony award in 2012 for his portrayal as Cookie McGee in “Nice Work if You Can Get It”, as well as his iconic creation of Patsy in “Monty Python's Spamalot”
He leaves his wife, Toni Di Buono McGrath; a daughter, Katie Claire McGrath and her husband, Peter; four siblings, Jay P. McGrath and his wife, Jane of Paxton, Stephen F. McGrath and his wife, Deborah of Oxford, Susan M. Nash and her husband Robert of Worcester, Joan M. McGrath of Worcester; nephews and nieces, Meghan, Patrick, Ashleigh, Kathleen, Wes and Jake.
A Memorial Tribute to Celebrate his Life is being Planned in New York City at a later date.