Edward J. McGrath

October 15th, 2013

Edward J. McGrath, “Ed” to his family and friends, of Wilmington, formerly of Somerville, died peacefully surrounded by his family on October 14, 2013, he was 85 years old. 

Ed was born on January 2, 1928, in Somerville, MA, he was the cherished son of the late Martin and Delia (Boyle) McGrath who immigrated from Galway, Ireland.  Ed was raised and educated in Somerville and was a graduate of Somerville High School.  Ed was proud to come from Somerville and never forgot his roots.

Ed enlisted in the United States Navy on June 30, 1946, during World War II, he served aboard the USS Macon which was stationed out of Bainbridge, Maryland.  Ed was awarded the World War II Victory Medal and was honorably discharged in May of 1948, returning to his family in Somerville.

Following his return from active duty, Ed went on to further his education and earned an Associates Degree in business and accounting.  Ed started his career as an accountant at Acoustical Contracting Company and retired from Purity Supreme following many years as a dedicated and faithful employee.

Ed married the “love of his life” Dorothy M. Wedge on October 25, 1953, in Somerville, Ed and Dot celebrated nearly 60 years of marriage and they were a true example of a “couple” through thick and thin.  Ed and Dot raised two wonderful children Cheryl and Brian whom they were extremely proud of.  They moved to Wilmington in September of 1958 and Ed quickly became involved in the V.F.W. and the Fr. Croke Council Knights of Columbus in Wilmington, where he could often be found bartending for a function or volunteering for a good cause.  In later years when Ed became “Grampa” to Shannon, Ryan, Andrew, William, and Matthew his world became a lot brighter; Ed cherished every moment spent with those kids, he attended their school events, and followed their sporting events he was always their biggest fan.  Ed’s love for his family was always unconditional, they always brought much joy and happiness to his life.

Ed was a man of great faith; he was actively involved at St. Thomas of Villanova Church where he also served as a Eucharistic Minister for many years.  Ed’s faith sustained him throughout his illness and gave him the strength to keep going.

In his spare time, Ed loved to garden, work on his lawn, and take long walks; Ed always had a pleasant disposition and a smile for everyone.  Ed was also an AVID Boston sports fan and enjoyed taking in a game with his family and friends.

Ed will be fondly remembered as a hard worker and for his devotion to his family and friends, he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Ed was the beloved husband of Dorothy M. (Wedge) McGrath, devoted father of Cheryl Fahey & her husband Jack and Brian McGrath & his wife Carole all of Wilmington, loving “Grampa” of Shannon Fahey & her fiancé Justin Merrifield of Boston, Ryan Fahey, Andrew, William, and Matthew McGrath all of Wilmington.  Cherished son of the late Martin & Delia (Boyle) McGrath of Galway, Ireland, dear brother of Richard McGrath & his late wife Ruth of Plymouth, the late Nora McGrath, and the late Eleanor & Lawrence Bohan.  Ed was a wonderful brother-in-law of Paul & the late Maureen Wedge of Charlestown, Richard & Louise Wedge of Billerica, Robert & the late Joan Wedge of Melrose, Marion & the late Henry Kelley of San Diego, CA, Carol & the late Michael Tiberii of Everett, the late George & Mary Wedge, the late Walter “Bubba” Wedge, and the late Barbara & Jack Hayward.  Ed was also the dear friend of the late Phillip Flammia and is survived by many nieces & nephews.

Family & friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, October 19th at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Funeral Mass in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington.  Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, October 18th from 4-8 p.m.  Memorial donations in Ed’s name may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 480 Pleasant St., Watertown, MA  02472.


12 Entries in Guest Book for “Edward J. McGrath”

  1. Michelle Kelley Pierson says:

    Dearest Auntie Dot, Cheryl, Brian and families,

    I was very sad to hear of Uncle Eddie’s passing yesterday. We know he is at peace and with his Lord, but it doesn’t make if much easier. I wish you all peace of mind and heart as you go through this difficult adjustment. I will be with you in prayer and spirit this Saturday as you lay our dear Ed to rest.

    With love, Michelle, Michael, Jordan and Haley

  2. Donna Murray says:

    Aunt Dotta, Cheryl, Brian and Family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Uncle Eddie was loved by all that knew him and will be missed. He called Sharon and I the silly sisters and he certainly was right about that! Take Care all of you and remember all the good times, that’s all we can do at times like this.

    Donna and Paul

  3. Jeanne Cariglio Abraham says:

    Dear Brian and Family, So sorry to hear about your dad, my condolences to your family. May he rest in peace. God bless

  4. Kathy Annable-Pokorny (Wedge) says:

    Dear Auntie Dotta, Cheryl, Brian and families,

    I am so sad to hear about Uncle Eddie’s passing. It is so hard to let go of a dear loved one. I do believe with all my heart that the good Lord has welcomed Uncle Eddie with open and loving arms! I treasure all of the great times – - Uncle Eddie’s SMILE WOULD LIGHT UP ANY ROOM, AND EVERYONE’S HEART – - He was always SO COMPLIMENTARY, and made you feel like a million bucks each encounter! No doubt he is embraced by each of our loved ones who have gone too soon before us. I wish each of you much peace, and, smiles at the memories you have created over the years! I love you all, and, my blessings are with you.

    With much Love,
    Kathy, Jim, Rob and Adam

  5. Kristin says:

    My condolences to you all. Uncle Ed was one of the most wonderful, funny, and loving men I was lucky enough to have in my life growing up. My dad truly loved him, and they both gave me so many great memories. It makes me happy to know he will be greated with loving arms by two of his partners in crime (and so many other wonderful friends he made along the way). Between Auntie Joan and dad he will be will taken care of. I know in my heart they are in a better place and he will not be forgotten in our hearts And minds.

  6. Laurene McConologue-Dalton says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss…You are all in my prayers

  7. Lisa Giroux Bozzella says:

    I am sorry to hear of your loss. I will always remember Ed’s “hello” and his kind words when I would see him out walking. I know he is in a better place, and you can all rest assured that you were always there for him.

  8. June & Dick Anderson says:

    So sorry for your loss. I know he will be greatly missed by all family and friends. Carole called us last evening. Plan to be up for Christmas so perhaps we can visit. We will keep you in our prayers during this difficult time

    Love,June nd Dick

  9. kevin wedge says:

    eddy was a great person and heaven will be a better place now that eddy is there . he always made me smile no matter have down I was . he always made me think before I did some thing because in would remember what he always say to me IF I am not watching you GOD is I love that .I will miss him love you eddy

  10. Mike Champoux says:

    Very sad to learn of the passing of such a great friend to Wilmington and The Fr. Croke Council of the Knights of Columbus. Me and my family offer condolences and prayers to the entire McGrath family!

    Mike Champoux
    Wilmington Board of Selectmen
    Past Grand Knight – Fr. Croke Council # 4982

  11. Sharon Brancato says:

    Uncle Eddie – you will be missed by our family and so many people that loved you – especially Auntie Dotta, Brian and Cheryl – and their families of course, including their wonderful beautiful children – my prayers are with his family at this very hard time – Uncle Eddie lived a good life and now our lord has called him to be with him – love you Uncle Eddie -

    Sharon the Silly Sister

  12. Williams family says:

    Condolences to the McGrath family. Throw all your burdens on God in prayer now and in the days ahead, and the Bible promises that you will receive “the peace of God.” Philippians 4:6 &7. Our prayers are with you.

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