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John Hill McGrath

John Hill McGrath, 83, longtime resident of Shelton, Connecticut died Wednesday, July 28, 2010 at his Danvers home  following  a long illness, surrounded by his family and loving care givers.

Born in Derby, Connecticut July 3, 1927, son of the late Dr. William J. and Teresa (Hill) McGrath he was raised in Shelton  where he attended public school before attending with a full scholarship the Hopkins School in New Haven. Entering Yale University he left in his freshman year to serve with the U.S. Army from 1945 to 1947.  Honorably discharged and with the G.I. Bill he returned to complete his studies at Yale. Following his graduation in 1950 he entered the executive training program at Macy’s in New York. He went on to serve  as director of the wage and salary administration for Remington Rand Univac, later for  many years he was employed as the personnel director for Greenwich Hospital in Greenwich, Connecticut, and  most recently was vice president of personnel for Hewitt Health & Rehabilitation Center in Shelton from which he retired.

He is survived by  three children, Susan (McGrath) Brengle and her husband Andrew  of Ipswich, John H. McGrath Jr., of Manchester, VT, and Brian A. McGrath, of Nantucket; three grandchildren, Robert, Emily, and Miles Brengle, all of Ipswich, a sister, Jane Gaynor of Shelton, CT; two nephews, William Gaynor, Jr., of Southbury, CT and David Gaynor of Stratham, NH;  a niece, Mary Jane (Gaynor) Carrozzella, of Wallingford, CT, and his former wife Ruth (Robinson) McGrath of Ipswich. He was the brother of the late  William McGrath formerly of  of Shelton, CT.

A memorial service will be held  Wednesday, August 4 at 11 a.m. at Ascension Memorial Church, 31 County Street, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Burial  in Mount St. Peter’s Cemetery in Derby, CT will be at later date. In lieu of flowers  memorial contributions in his name may be made to the CurePSP (Progressive Supranuclear Palsy) Foundation, Executive Plaza III, 11350 McCormick Road, Suite 906,Hunt Valley, MD 21031 or online at www.give.psp.org.  Arrangements under the direction of the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home of Ipswich.

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