He was born in New Haven on May 13, 1929, son of the late Joseph and Anna Moran McGrath.
He graduated from Cheshire Academy in 1947 where he was President of his senior class and attended Pennsylvania Military College in Chester, PA.
He worked as an engineer for over 40 years for Southern New England Telephone until he retired. He spent his retirement years residing in Boynton Beach, Florida until returning home to Orange in his later years.
He was an avid NY Yankees and NY Giants fan, and was a member of the Knights of Columbus and West Haven Elks.
He especially enjoyed his summer home at Lake Pocotopaug in East Hampton, CT and was very proud of his Irish heritage.
He is survived by five children and their spouses, Michael (Marla) McGrath of West Haven, Robin (Richard) Massari and Margaret “Meg” (Philip) Ianniello of Orange, Cynthia (Louis) Leyerzapf of West Haven and Marci (Paul) Pitney of Milford; Cherished Boompi to his grandchildren, Leigh Ann (Rob) Hauer, Robert (Kyle) McGrath, Jillian (Craig) Capone, Jaimee (Erik) Soto, Amy, Ryan and Kyle Leyerzapf, and Emily and Max Pitney; his precious Great Grandchildren, Olivia & Marley Hauer, Mattea Capone, and Jeremiah and Ethan McGrath; and his dear and special pet cat, Duffy.
He was predeceased by his brother Joseph U. McGrath.
The family would like to thank his exceptional caregivers, Maya and Mouhamed, Vitas Home Hospice Care and Dr. Leo Cooney of the Adler Center at Yale.
Family and friends are invited to call from 4-8 pm on Monday at the Keenan Funeral Home, 238 Elm Street, West Haven.
His funeral will be at the funeral home Tuesday at 10 am, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 am at St. John Vianney Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Orange Center Cemetery, Orange.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association , CT Chapter, 2075 Silas Deane Highway, Suite 100, Kensington, CT 06067 or to the Connecticut Humane Society, 701 Russell Road, Newington, CT 06111. Those wishing to send condolences online may do so at www.keenanfuneralhome.com