John “Jack” McGrath, 72, died peacefully at home Tuesday, following a courageous battle with cancer. Jack passed with his loving wife of 48 years by his side.
Jack was born on July 19, 1948, in Scranton to the late James P. and Hope Tattersall McGrath. He graduated from St. Patrick’s High School. Upon graduation, he enlisted in the United States Army and served two tours in the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Purple Heart.
After his military service, Jack attended Lackawanna Junior College and then spent his career working for Bank of America until his retirement.
Jack was a lifelong member of St. Patrick’s Church, Scranton. He was an avid hunter and fisherman and enjoyed his favorite pastimes with his brothers, son, and nephews.
He was a kind and caring man who loved his family and his country. He was a cherished husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend. He had an infectious laugh and smile that would make anyone he met feel loved. He was a constant defender of the underdog. All that were lucky enough to know him well will always remember his infamous snack drawer and constant reminder that he loved them.
He is survived by his beloved wife and best friend, the former Ann Garvey; his son, Ryan and wife Kyra, King of Prussia; his grandchildren, Fletcher and Trevor McGrath; his siblings Joan Dennebaum and husband Paul, Scranton; James McGrath and wife Linda, Scranton; Michael McGrath and wife Susan, Moscow; Mary McGrath Perrone, Dunmore; Joseph McGrath and wife Debra, Tunkhannock; Margaret Schultz and husband John, Dunmore; Judith Jones and husband Thomas, Scranton; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother Mark T. McGrath.
His family would like to thank the countless healthcare staff including Debbie, Theresa, and Karen, at Traditional Hospice and doctors and VA Medical Center Staff, in particular Dr. Joseph Philbin, for their compassion and care given to Jack and his family throughout his illness.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions and safety concerns, the funeral, with full military honors, will be private at the convenience of the family in Cathedral Cemetery.
A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. In lieu of donations, Jack wished that everyone would just be kind to one another.