William F. McGrath, 92, highly decorated World War II veteran

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William F. McGrath
William F. McGrath

William F. McGrath, 92, of Williamsburg, passed away on Thursday, April 14, 2016.

Bill served his country in World War II as a member of the U.S. Army’s 75th Infantry. His service and dedication in the combat engagements of the Battle of the Blue, Ardennes and Rhineland allowed him to be awarded with the American Service Medal, World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and a Combat Infantry Badge.

Following his service, he was able to obtain a bachelor’s degree in economics from Columbia University in New York City, later leading to several positions at American Can Co., James River Corp. and the Northern Paper Corp., primarily as a business executive. He was a member of St. Olaf Catholic Church in Williamsburg, and enjoyed golf and fishing, while always putting his family first.

He leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 62 years, Mary Jane McGrath; sons, Michael R. McGrath (Peggy) of Connecticut, James W. McGrath (Donna) of New York and Edward J. McGrath (Sharon) of Virginia; daughter, Mary Ellen Bednar (Thomas) of Vermont; and 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Bill was a loving and caring husband, father and grandfather who will be greatly missed.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 18, at St. Olaf Roman Catholic Church, 104 Norge Lane, Williamsburg.

Contributions in his honor may be made to Dr. Mark E. Ellis Endowment Fund for Cancer Care Advancement, Denbigh Professional Park, 608 Denbigh Blvd., Suite 700, Newport News, VA 23608.

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