BRANTINGHAM, N.Y. —
John Patrick McGrath, 42,
made it home with help of Lewis County Hospice and the
Croghan Ambulance. He died Friday, June 8, at his family
homestead on the B Arthur Road, Lowville, with his family
and friends at his side. John had been battling cancer.
Born July 12, 1969, in Watertown, the son of Patrick M. and
Ann M. Dauksza McGrath, he graduated from Lowville Academy
Central School where he played on the Section III
Championship football team and was a Frontier League
He married Julie Doney Brown on April 23, 2008, in Myrtle
Beach, South Carolina, with Linda Gerrald officiating.
John worked in the family business, McGrath’s Electric,
John was a communicant of St. Peter’s Catholic Church
where he attended elementary school.
He was a member of the Lowville Lodge #1605 B.P.O.E. and
Brantingham Golf Course, where he recently golfed in the
Lowville Fire Department’s tournament.
He was a diehard New York Yankees fan, loved Syracuse
basketball, Notre Dame football, Buffalo Bills, enjoyed
NASCAR and his favorite driver Mark Martin.
John bowled in several leagues at Lewis Lanes and was an
avid golfer and hunter.
Surviving are his wife, Julie, Brantingham; a daughter,
Morgan McGrath, Lowville; a step son, Tyler C. Brown,
Syracuse; a step daughter, Tiffany M. Brown, Lowville; his
father and his wife, Patrick and Jean McGrath, Lowville; his
mother and her husband, Ann and Wayne Haggerty, Conover, N.C.;
his grandmother, Dorothy M. Gardner, Martinsburg; three
brothers and his sister and their spouses, Mike and Cheri
McGrath, Martinsburg, Thomas and Kristy McGrath, Lowville,
Valerie McGrath Proulx and Steve Proulx, Croghan, and Brian
McGrath and Mark Gardner, New York City; his step brother
and step sister and their spouses, Thomas and Kim Rhubart of
Martinsburg; Laura and Jim Kiefer of Croghan; his first
wife, Victoria Tabolt, Lowville; aunts, uncles, nieces,
nephews, and cousins.
A son, Tyler John “TJ” McGrath, died July 22, 2002.
A funeral Mass will be said 10 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at
St. Peter’s Catholic Church, Lowville, with Rev.
Christopher Carrara, pastor, officiating. John will be laid
to rest next to his son at Lowville Rural Cemetery.
Family and friends may call 1 to 4 and 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday,
June 12, at Sundquist Funeral Home.
John’s Family suggest memorials be made to: Friends of
Lewis County Hospice, P.O. Box 266, Lowville, NY 13367 or
2012 Relay for Life for Lewis County, N.Y.
Condolences may be made on the online guest book at
Information provided by
Sundquist Funeral Home of Lowville and Newzjunky, Watertown,