Patrick "Paddy" Anthony McGrath

Born: Tue., Jun. 14, 1921
Died: Tue., May 1, 2012


Visitation

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM, Mon., May 07, 2012
Location: Short, Williamson & Diamond


Funeral Mass

10:30 AM Tue., May 08, 2012
Location: St. Joseph's Church


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McGRATH, Patrick A. “Paddy” ,90,  of North Bennington,Vermont, formerly of Belmont, MA,  entered into rest on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 in the Albany Medical Center in Albany, New York, after a brief illness. Born in Shanagarry, Co. Cork, Ireland.  Beloved husband of the late Catherine Kerry (Hennessy).  Dear and devoted father of Michael McGrath and his wife, Wendy of San Jose, CA; Ann (McGrath) DeCiccio and her husband, Albert of North Bennington, VT and Tyngsboro, MA; and Janet McGrath of Marshfield, MA.  Cherished grandfather of Liam Breslin of Tyngsboro and Dennis Breslin and his fiance’, Victoria Hatfield of Hudson, NH and step-grandfather of Abby DeCiccio of Boston and Aaron DeCiccio of Tyngsboro. Predeceased by his father, Michael and his mother, Margaret (Budds); his five brothers, John, Michael, Tom, Eugene of Ireland and James of New Zealand.  Dearly loved by his many nieces and nephews around the world and honored by his extended family and friends.  Funeral from the Short, Williamson & Diamond Funeral Home,  52 Trapelo Road, BELMONT, Tuesday, May 8 at 9:30 a.m.    Funeral Mass in St. Joseph’s Church, 130 Common St. Belmont at 10:30 a.m.  Relatives and friends may call at the funeral home, Monday 5-8 p.m.  Interment St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Watertown.  In lieu of flowers,  contributions in his memory to the American Heart Association, 20 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 or to the American Cancer Society, 30 Speen St. Framingham, MA 01701 would be sincerely appreciated. Paddy was a Flight Lieutenant and radio operator for the Royal Air Force during World War II and through 1954.  Employed by R.W. LeBaron in Waltham, MA until his retirement.  Lifetime member of the British Officers’ Club of New England and a long-time member of the Retired Men’s Club of Belmont.  Enjoyed tennis, swimming and watching Bruins and Red Sox games with his family.  An avid reader, in later years Paddy walked daily to the Belmont Public Library and to the North Bennington, VT, McCullough Free Library.  Loved chatting and getting to know people wherever he went.  “Good luck, God bless and have a happy day, “ Dad.

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robin yearwood
   Posted Fri May 04, 2012
Dearest Paddy...such a special man that I knew for such a short time. In that time through his stories about his life, family and adventures I traveled to places in Ireland, England, and on the Queen Mary. He must have been an amazing husband, father and grandfather in his life. The stories I will miss but not as much as his huge, huge smile and spirit. God bless him in his new adventure.

Gail Haidet McCarthy
   Posted Fri May 04, 2012
Dearest Ann & Family: My heart is with all of you in your time of grief and loss. Such a loving, decent, friendly man he was, with his wit and charm, and those unforgettably warm and smiling Irish eyes. It is both an honor and a pleasure to have known him. May he rest in peace. In love & friendship, always yours ... Gail.

Marilyn & BJ Woodard
   Posted Sat May 05, 2012
Dear McGrath family, BJ and I are saddened for you on the loss of Paddy. We will keep him in our prayers.

Doreen Burke Joyal
   Posted Sat May 05, 2012
Paddy was always "Mr.McGrath" to me for all these years and years. He was
a large part of my childhood and always with his Irish brogue would say,
"hello Doreen" and give me the firmest handshake I have ever had !! Ann,
Michael and Janney....my love and support to all of you. Paddy is now with
Kerry smiling and looking at all three of you, I am sure. There was only one
Paddy McGrath !!! Sending many angels your way. Love Doreen

June Roberts
   Posted Sat May 05, 2012
We are so sad. Mr. McGrath was such a special friend and an exemplary neighbor and wonderful man. We have missed him on Richardson Road and will keep him in our memories and prayers. If you would ever like one of his special trees, which he shared in the neighborhood, I have many "babies" and would be pleased to share them with your family! June Roberts and Rich Semple

Sr. Noreen McGrath
   Posted Sun May 06, 2012
                                           Tribute  to  Uncle  Paddy


       On Saturday 28th April Brid contacted me to say that you had a critical stroke. I prayed whatever God''''s will, will be and that you would not have to suffer too much.    May 1st I got the final news that you had passed away.   May you rest in peace.

I would like to thank you for being my wonderful godfather - who never forgot a birthday, even last December, you sent an email. You always took a special interest in my life and even more so when I came to Africa.

One of my first memories of you was when you came home on leave from the RAF, and brought us a Tortoise. We were only children in Ballybane and we were peeping out the window at this ''''strange shell-liked animal'''' creeping around the yard.  You inspired us with your travel adventures, your wisdom, our family history and your gentle, caring smile.

In 2004, Kay and I visited you at 29, Richardson Road, and what a time you gave us, driving us all over, even tho we were a bit frightened at times!! You even took us to Kerry''''s grave and showed us where you too would be buried, and today you will be happily reunited; as well as joining your parents, Michael and Margaret McGrath and your 5 brothers: John, Michael, Tom, Hugie and James.

As Jesus said: '''' There are many rooms in my Father''''s house''''  There will be a great family reunion in Heaven.

Dear Uncle Paddy, may you rest in peace.

                                     Your loving niece and godchild.
                     Sr.  Noreen  McGrath  in  Cameroon


Dr. E. McGrath
   Posted Sun May 06, 2012

Dear Ann,

We were saddened to hear of Paddy's death-it must have come as  a great shock -although,I suppose at 90 and being on blood thinners ,not unexpected.We remember him dearly both during our trip over and he here--what a marvellous interest and attitude he had in people and life.He was a really lovely person and Tom,Emily ,Lucy James and I have special memories.It must have been great company and reassurance for him to spend his last years with you , Al and family and this ,I'm sure will help you in the coming times ahead.

I found this poem recently composed by an elderly man in a nursing home.

For each of us whether we are rich or poor,
well or afflicted,
young or old,
the Spiritual Life is likened to be cast into a rowing boat in heavy seas.
Fortunately, we have been granted a priceless gift,
two oars with which to steer a direct course to the harbour,
one is named work and the other prayer.

Paddy had great Faith and wasn't afraid of work---I 'm sure this helped him all his life
Please extend our sympathies to Janet ,Michael and all your family.
Kay ,Brid ,Mick and Ollie will join you shortly to celebrate the great life your Dad had and comfort you at this lonely time.

With love and prayers,

Tom,Ev and family.xx


 

 

 


Marilyn Chisholm
   Posted Sun May 06, 2012
Ann,
You and Al should take great comfort in knowing you made your father happy and comfortable with you in Vermont. No doubt he got the best of care. He was not alone in your home, and he is not alone now. God Bless him.

Sue Morris
   Posted Sun May 06, 2012
Paddy was the best next-door neighbor we could have wished for. He was my first friend when we moved to Belmont 16 years ago. I had two young sons and Paddy and I would chat in the yard and watch them play. Over the years, we spent many hours sitting on the stone wall along my driveway talking about gardening (he always said I had a green thumb; I always told him it must have been something in the soil), the history of Richardson Rd., family, etc. He always kept an eye on the house when we were away, and if we had workers doing any kind of home improvement, he''''d introduce himself to them, I think to let them know, too, that he was keeping an eye on them! He was a wonderful man and we have missed him a lot since he moved up to VT. He was like a member of our family. Rest in peace, Paddy. Our condolences to Paddy''''s family. He will be missed by many.

Stephen O''Keefe
   Posted Mon May 07, 2012
Dear Ann and Family

Very sorry for your loss. Paddy was a great friend to my father who's
company he enjoyed greatly.

Geoffrey Hall
   Posted Mon May 07, 2012
Dear Anne and Family
Please accept my deepest sympathy on Paddy''s passing. I have known him for many years through the B.O.C. and he was a treasured friend and companion.
He was a gentleman of outstanding integrity and an example to us all. He will be sadly missed but fondly remembered.Perhaps the knowledge that he was so highly regarded and respected will be of some comfort to you at this sad time.
With all good wishes. Geoff Hall. B.O.C.

Rose and Steve Kanowski
   Posted Tue May 08, 2012
Dear Ann, Janet and Michael,

Steve and I are very sorry to learn about our dear Uncle Paddy passing away last week. We are just glad that he did not suffer too long and went quickly. A shock I know for you all but a blessing for him. Please take comfort in his most memorable and interesting life, that he had a great wife and family and long happy healthy life, topping it all off with a trip back to Ireland at 90 years old.

We all loved Paddy very much, he was a great Uncle, and we were very proud of him. We would have liked to have spent more time with him unfortunately we have the tryanny of distance down here in Australia. It just makes the time we did spend with him and the memories so special. In particular, Steve''''''''''''''''s weekend with him in Boston a few years ago (where I am sure they solved all the world''''''''''''''''s problems) and especially that he and Janet came to our wedding.

We were thrilled at Easter last to receive a hand written card from him. Bright as ever and very interested in life. It was a very happy letter and in it he expresses his joy at the forthcoming marriage of his grandson and his gratitude to his family for looking after him so well.

Finally, I acknowledge that Paddy is the last McGrath of his immediate family and indeed the last first cousin of all the Budds and McGrath families - (McGraths, Cuddigans, Stantons, and Mulcahys). It is now up to our generation to contnue their great legacy.

We will look forward to the day when we will visit Boston and St Patrick''''''''''''''''s Cemetery, Watertown, and pay our respects to both Paddy and Kerry.

In the meantime Brid, Kay, Mick and Ollie will represent us all very well. I am so happy that they have made the trip - I know that Paddy and our father would be so happy about that.

We send you and your families our heartfelt condolences. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

"Ar dheis De anam"

Love from a fond niece Rose and her family, Steve, Alannah and Aoife (Brisbane, Australia). XXxx


Ray, Deirdre, Robert, Sam, Katie and Zoe McGrath
   Posted Tue May 08, 2012
Dear Michael, Ann and Janet,


Deirdre, Robert, Sam, Katie, Zoe and I were all very sad to learn of Uncle Paddy's passing from this life.

We have many happy memories of visiting Paddy and Kerry at their lovely home in Richardson Ave in 1992. They showed us such generous hospitality and ensured that we saw all the best that Boston had to offer.
When Paddy visited Ireland in recent times, it was always a great pleasure to meet him. He had a remarkable interest in everyone he met and always loved to join in conversation.
Only a few weeks ago an old classmate of Uncle Paddy's from Midleton CBS Secondary School asked me how he was keeping and fondly remembered their time at school together.

Isn't it great that we all got together last year , and what a day it was in Garryvoe Hotel! Michael, I have a video of the moment that Paddy first spotted you, the surprise guest !
Ann, Uncle Paddy told us all how happy he was to be with you and Al in Vermont and how proud he was of his grandsons Denis and Liam.
Janet, we fondly remember your visits to Shanagarry with Paddy.

Paddy is such a great loss to you all but it is a consolation that his final illness was not prolonged.

May he rest in peace with your lovely gentle mom Kerry and with his parents Margaret and Michael and with all his brothers; John, Michael, Tom, Eugie and James.

God bless him,

Love and our sympathies to you all,

Ray and Deirdre


Brian and Ona Lotty
   Posted Thu May 10, 2012
Dear Ann, Michael, Janet and family,

Brian and I were very saddened to hear of Uncle Paddy's passing. We always enjoyed his company greatly and loved to listen to his many tales of travel. He had a keen mind and an incredible memory for places and people.
I have many great memories of uncle Paddy but particularly my first visit to the States in 1985 when I was a student. He and Kerry welcomed Rose and I to Richardson Rd with open arms.
He is sadly missed. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all at this time.

With deepest and heartfelt condolences,

Brian and Ona, Ballycotton

"Ní fheicfear a leithéid arís "

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