John W. McGrath, 75

John W. McGrath, 75

Accountant; avid sportsman; former Chatham resident FORT MYERS, Fla. - John William McGrath, 75, a longtime resident of Chatham, died Jan. 22, 2000 in Florida. He was the husband of Barbara F. McGrath for 52 years. Born in Boston, Mr. McGrath was raised in Sharon, Mass., and served as a corporal in the Marine Corps during World War II. After graduating fourth in his class at the Business College, he moved to Chatham and owned a successful tax accounting practice for more than 30 years as well as serving the town as the veterans agent and assistant to the selectmen. An avid sportsman, he played ice hockey and won trophies in powerboat racing and golf. His golf awards included Eastwood Ho! Country Club, Landings Men's Golf Association championship, Fiddlesticks Country Club, Hawaiian Airlines Open, and one of his proudest awards, winning the 1980 Tony Lema Memorial Golf Tournament. Surviving besides his wife are a son, John W. McGrath Jr. of Chatham; four daughters, Stephanie McGrath of Colorado, Paula Newell of Vermont, Tracy Lenz of Florida and Nadine Terrio of Chatham; and 10 grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 77 Highland Ave., Chatham. Memorial donations may be made to the Crohns & Colitis Foundation, CCFA, 386 Park Ave., South, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10016; or to the Lyme Disease Foundation, LDF, One Financial Plaza, 18th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103.

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