portrait picture for John George McGrath

Wake: A viewing will be held Friday, February 18th from 10:00am to 11:30am. Services: Services will begin at 11:30am, with Pastor Larry Wooldridge officiating, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Burial: Burial will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main Street, Westport, CT 06880.

John George McGrath


April 26, 1927 - February 11, 2011

W.W. II Veteran, John George McGrath
April 26, 1927 – February 11, 2011

John George McGrath, Norwalk resident since 1975, peacefully passed away at age 83 on February 11, 2011.  John was born in Brooklyn, New York on April 26, 1927 to Mary Griffin and Thomas McGrath, who both emigrated from County Clare, Ireland.

He enlisted in the Navy May 8, 1945 as Seaman Second Class serving at U.S. Naval Training Center, Sampson,  N.Y., and aboard the vessels U.S.S. Eberle Destroyer (DD 430) and U.S.S. Woolsey (DD 437).  He was awarded the Asiatic-Pacific Camp. Medal, Point System and Victory Medals.  He was honorably discharged from Naval Service on July 18, 1946.

John married his sweetheart Mary T. McDonough on August 20, 1955.  They enjoyed fifty-five years of loving marriage including renewing of wedding vows on their 50th wedding anniversary in 2005. In addition to his wife, John is survived by his two daughters and son: Theresa Hollerbach and son-in-law Richard Hollerbach of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Barbara Brueski and son-in-law Michael Brueski of Norwalk, and his son Mark McGrath of Norwalk. Four grandchildren: Tina Franco, Timothy Hollerbach of  Myrtle Beach, Stefan Brueski and Sarah Brueski of Norwalk and one great-grand child Michael Ollis.  In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers: Joseph McGrath and Thomas McGrath and a granddaughter, Stephanie Franco.

Prior to his retirement, he worked as an optical technician for American Cystoscope Makers, Inc. in Stamford for 33 years.  He created some of the world’s finest endoscopy lenses for the medical industry.

John will be missed for his wisdom, tremendous faith, infectious laughter, glorious harmonica playing, incredible singing voice and shameless flirting with female grocery store cashiers, bank tellers, doctor’s office personnel and hospice nurses.  John said his life’s goal was “to have God help me to serve one person each and every day.”  He was, is, and always will be, a shining light to those that knew and loved him as well as total strangers.  A loving husband, father, uncle and grandfather that will forever shine bright in all of our hearts. He will be dearly missed.

A viewing will be held Friday, February 18th from 10:00am to 11:30am. Services will begin at 11:30am, with Pastor Larry Wooldridge officiating, at the Collins Funeral Home, 92 East Avenue, Norwalk, CT 06851. Burial will follow at Willowbrook Cemetery, 395 Main Street, Westport, CT 06880.

  1. I shall always remember that smile and his jokes and his special song to me every year on my birthday. God bless him. And my love to his special family. Sincerely, Betty Prackup and family.

    September 29, 2011
    Betty Prackup -
  • Our deepest condolences for an amazing man and his equally amazing family. May you always find his love in all of your many beautiful memories. With our love, Rob and Erica Rogan

    September 29, 2011
    Rob and Erica Rogan -
  • He was an amazing person. My thoughts are with you during this difficult time. Kim Rabin

    September 29, 2011
    Kim Rabin -
  • I’m sorry to hear about your loss. It seems John lived a wonderful life and had a loving family. You are all in my prayers. I will think of John and his infectious laughter every time the sun shines.

    September 29, 2011
    Laurie Masloski -
  • Barbara, I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. I read the condolences and your dad was clearly a wonderful man. I’m sure he will be deeply missed by all who knew him. All my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    September 29, 2011
    Robin Stelly -
  • My deepest thoughts and prayers for you and the McGrath family.

    September 29, 2011
    Elizabeth Gomez, Risk -
  • Mark and Barbara We were saddened to hear of your loss. Thinking good thoughts for you… nancee & greg

    September 29, 2011
    nancee gell -
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