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William McGrath

William P. McGrath

Sunday, November 27th, 1932 - Sunday, December 23rd, 2018
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William P. McGrath, 86, of Fayetteville, passed away Sunday, December 23 at Crouse Hospital.

He was born in Syracuse to Harold and Norma Winifred McGrath and attended Nottingham High School where he lettered in tennis and sang in the A’Cappella Choir. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1955 with a degree in business administration.

He was a member of Phi Gamma Delta fraternity and lettered in tennis. Bill was in the Air Force ROTC and spent four years in active duty in the Air Force, achieving the rank of captain.

Bill worked for General Electric in Syracuse and Richmond, VA, for 35 years. After retiring, he worked for Adjusters International, representing New York State supporting communities following disasters. For many years Bill was a member of the Syracuse Chorale and president of its Board of Directors. He was a 23-year member of the Syracuse University Oratorio Society. He also sang in the Richmond Symphony Choir. He was a member of the Fayetteville-Manlius School Board for several years. He became president of the Forman’s Association, a member of the GE Elfun Society, and ran the GE Old News Boys for Toys. He loved to sail and play tennis.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Catharine Coburn McGrath; a daughter, Kathryn McGrath (John) Marini of Manlius and a son, William Michael (Michelle) McGrath of Camillus; grandchildren, Jessica and Alexandra Marini and Abigail and Jacob McGrath; siblings, Harold McGrath of Cazenovia, James (Sharon) McGrath of Hudson, Fla., Joyce McGrath Perrin of Fayetteville; and several nieces and nephews. His parents and brother, Robert McGrath preceded him in death.

Calling hours will be Thursday, January 3, from 10-11 a.m. at Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel, 7191 E. Genesee St., Fayetteville. A memorial service will follow at 11:00 at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Clearpath for Veterans, 1223 Salt Springs Road, Chittenango, N.Y. 13037.
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  • Visitation

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 10:00am - 11:00am
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Service

    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 | 11:00am
    Thursday, January 3rd, 2019 11:00am
    Eaton-Tubbs Fayetteville Chapel
    7191 E. Genesee Street
    Fayetteville, NY 13066
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Interment

    Fayetteville Cemetery
    Address Not Available


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Private Condolence

cynthia wodrich

Posted at 02:40pm
i am so sorry for your loss,i am thankful cousin patricia keeps this family together,much like my brother vaughn
my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family
love,cynthia wodrich mcgrath

Ed Matlak and Chris Xaver

Posted at 12:03pm
When you grieve, so do we. Sending you all comfort and peace.

Anne & Tony Farella

Posted at 12:56pm
Sending your family our warm thoughts & condolences, we always enjoyed chatting with Bill at your family parties or from across the road when he was stopping to "take care of things" at your house. Take care!

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