Edward J. McGrath Jr.
1924 ∼ 2019
Edward J. McGrath 94, of Harwich Port, MA formerly a long time resident of New City, NY. Ed is survived by his wife of 69 years, Rueith (McKenney), as well as James and Betsy McGrath of Plymouth, Brad and Cindy McGrath of Walpole, and Sheila McGrath of Quincy. He was predeceased by son Jeffrey McGrath. Originally from Easthampton, Massachusetts, Ed was predeceased by siblings Sister Margaret James McGrath, James McGrath, C. Bradley McGrath, Betty Walsh, and Mary Woods all of Western Massachusetts. Ed is survived by seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
Ed loved the University of Massachusetts. He attended UMass in 1941 on a basketball scholarship, but left to enroll in the Navy after Pearl Harbor. He served all four years of the war on a destroyer, the USS Clark, primarily assigned to convoy runs in the North Atlantic. After the war, Ed returned to UMass where he was captain of the basketball and baseball teams, and an All American soccer goalie. He was a member of the UMass Hall of Fame. After graduation, Ed started a long career in public education as a teacher, counselor, and basketball coach, primarily at Clarkstown High School in New City, NY. Ed's teams won 10 league championships in 20 years, including winning 56 consecutive games. He was a member of the Rockland County Hall of Fame. Ed moved to Cape Cod in 1980 and both taught and worked as a counselor at Cape Cod Tech in Harwich. He loved working in schools and was known for his easy going, kind, and approachable manner.
Visitation will be Monday, February 18 from 2-5 pm at Morris, O'Connor, and Blute Funeral Home, 678 Main Street, Harwich, MA 02645 followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at Holy Trinity Church in Harwich on Tuesday, February 19th at 10 am. Burial will be private.