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    2015-06-26 Worcester Firefighter Paul J. McGrath, Jr Retired

    Paul J. McGrath, Jr., 72

    HOLDEN - Paul J. McGrath, Jr., 72, of Jefferson, a retired Worcester firefighter and retired commercial fisherman, passed away peacefully in the comfort of his beautiful waterside home on Friday, June 26, 2015, with his loving family by his side. He was born and raised in Worcester, a son of the late Paul J. McGrath, Sr. and Elizabeth (Hanlon) McGrath.

    In 1961, Paul joined the United States Navy and served aboard the USS Randolph-CVS15 with the crash and rescue team, transferring to the Worcester SeaBee's attachment. In 1968, he joined the Worcester Fire Department and served until his retirement in 1979. Paul also began commercial fishing in 1966 and was a licensed merchant marine captain. He relocated fulltime to Truro, Cape Cod in 1979. He continued to fish the F/V Nancy B until retiring in 2003, when he and his wife, Margaret "Marge" L. (Welch) Bouchard McGrath, returned to Jefferson. He was a life member of the Louis A Young VFW Post Provincetown, and a member of the DAV in Hyannis and the Gardner VFW. Paul truly enjoyed all the gifts of being outdoors, whether it was fly fishing at a secluded stream, hunting for turkey or deer, or just the time spent working on the ocean, Paul was truly most comfortable being in the outdoors. He enjoyed his annual trip to Alaska with friends and grandchildren to fish salmon. He was also a member of the Rutland Sportman's Club.

    Papa Bear, as he was lovingly referred to by his family, leaves his beloved wife, Marge, his five children, Joseph McGrath of Worcester, Sandra Brand and her husband, Jack of Cresskill, NY, Jim McGrath and his wife, Lori Karen of Eastham, Marlene Whipple and her husband, John of Holden and Christine McGrath of Wallingford, CT; his stepdaughter, Stacey Bouchard of Alfred, ME; eight grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.

    Relatives and friends are invited to visit with the family on Thursday, July 2, from 2-6 p.m. at the Miles Funeral Home, 1158 Main Street, Holden. A funeral service honoring and celebrating Paul's life will begin at 6 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Disabled American Veterans (www.dav.org) , P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301. To share a memory or leave an online condolence for Paul's family, please visit:

    www.milesfuneralhome.com - See more at: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/tel....ISTolrEj.dpuf
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