Obituaries

Michael McGrath

Saturday, 26 October 1940 - Wednesday, 11 October 2017

Death Notice

Unexpectedly, at his residence, on Wednesday, October 11 2017, Michael McGrath passed away at the age of 76. Beloved husband of 40 years of the late Judy McGrath. Loving father of Christopher (Mariela) McGrath, Jennifer (Phil) Brownlee and Teri (Jerry) Reintjens. Cherished grandfather of Jenna and Kara Reintjens, Jake and Logan Brownlee and Tyler and Kyle McGrath. Best friend and companion of Stella Strand. Dear brother of Mary McGrath and the late Doug McGrath and brother-in-law of the late Ted Jones. Predeceased by parents Wilfrid of Sarnia and Laura (nee McPherson) of Arkona. Special thanks to LHIN/PSW Brenda and all those who aided Mike in his care over the last two years. Mike graduated from University of Toronto as Chemical Engineer and relocated to Sarnia. He began his career at Polymer, which then merged into Polysar and then finally retired after 33 years from Nova Corunna. After a very short retirement, he then worked for 18 more years at Tecsar Engineering. He finally, yet reluctantly, fully retired in 2014 after a grand total of 51 years. He always loved his work and was very dedicated to his profession. Unfortunately, approximately 1 year after retirement Mike (Dad) developed complications from diabetes. After struggling for many months, Mike (Dad) rallied and was able to enjoy daily lunch outings to Antonio's, Bottoms Up, the Casino and numerous performances enjoyed by himself and Stella at Victoria Playhouse and Imperial Theatre. He lived a quiet life after retirement but was truly happy with just the simple things that life had to offer and greatly cherished his time spent with his loved ones. Family and friends will be received on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia. A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with an interment following at Lakeview Cemetery. Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

Visitation

Family and friends will be received on Sunday, October 15, 2017 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. at SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 1576 London Line, Sarnia.

Service

A funeral service will be held on Monday, October 16, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at Smith Funeral Home with an interment following at Lakeview Cemetery.

Donations

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to Diabetes Canada (cheques only at the funeral home please).

14 Condolences

  • Cheryl Rivait October 16, 2017 08:56am

    Chris, Teri, Jen and families,
    Thinking about you in your time of sorrow, sending love & hugs.
    Cheryl

  • Joanne Barlow( HAMILL) October 16, 2017 06:55am

    To all Mike's family

    It was with much sadness I learnt of Mike passing away. My very heartfelt condolences to each of you. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.
    Joanne

  • Michele Ireland October 15, 2017 04:00pm

    To Jen, Teri, Chris, Stella and your families,

    I was so sorry to hear of your dad's sudden passing.

    I have such a soft spot in my heart for Corunna because it reminds me of all the fun times I had at your place growing up. Your mom and dad were wonderful people and they were so proud of all of you.

    Stella, my mom Jan always said you were a great friend, companion and supporter of Mike. Thank you for all you did for him.

    Sending love and thinking of you and your families at this difficult time,

    Michele

  • Blanche Chafe October 14, 2017 05:33pm

    My sincere sympathy to Mike's family. I knew Mike in the early years of Petrosar. He was always smiling and cheerful with a smile for everyone. Just an all round great guy. I'm sure you have many great memories to remember him by.

  • Karen Bert Moore October 13, 2017 02:50pm

    Dear Stella & family and Mike's family,
    So sorry for your loss.

  • Vicki McNaughton October 13, 2017 02:09pm

    I was a neighbour of your Mom and Dad many years ago when you kids were little and lived in Sarnia on Exmouth St. Had many good visits with both of them. So sorry to hear about your Dad. Your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Vicki McNaughton might remember me as Vicki Marshall

  • Judy Gautreau October 13, 2017 01:31pm

    I was lucky enough to get to know Mike when I visited my aunt Stella and have many wonderful memories when they took the train back to Vancouver with me. My thoughts and prayers are with everyone who loved Mike❤❤❤

  • Lori Perron October 13, 2017 11:09am

    Dear Jerry & Family,
    So sorry to hear of your Loss. Your Dad & Grandfather sure must have been a great guy. You & your Family will be in my thoughts and prayers. My sympathy & Condolences

  • Jeanne Pretty October 13, 2017 10:44am

    To Mike's family and to Stella
    We are saddened to hear of Mike's passing.
    I knew Judy and use to have lunch and coffee with her often. I use to see Mike entra with Stella after she moved into her new home.
    Memories last a lifetime. Remember the good times you shared with Mike.
    Our deepest sympathy to Mike's family and to Stella
    Jeanne and John Pretty

  • Lynn Le Faive October 13, 2017 08:43am

    My thoughts and prayers at this time.

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