Saturday, March 26, 2011

McGrath, Michael J.

Michael J. McGrath, of Tappan, died on March 24, 2011 at Good Samaritan Hospital at the age of 77. He was born on July 29, 1933 in the Bronx to Patrick and Ann McGrath. Michael resided in Tappan for 45 years and was previously from the Bronx. He graduated Cardinal Hayes High School in the Bronx and served in the US Army from 1958 to 1960. Before retiring in 1995, Michael was an audio man for CBS in New York City. During his 43 year career, he worked on 'Capt. Kangaroo', 'As the World Turns' , CBS Sports, the first lunar landing and news programs such as '60 Minutes' and the 'Evening News with Walter Cronkite'. Michael was a parishioner of the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan and was a past board member of the Tappan Library.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Dolores; his son Thomas and his wife Audra; his grandchildren, Erin, Ian and Natalie; his sister, Louise O'Leary; his brother Patrick McGrath; and many nieces and nephews.

A Funeral Mass will be held Monday, 10am, at the Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church in Tappan with burial to follow at Rockland Cemetery in Sparkill. Visiting hours will be Sunday, 2-4 and 7-9pm at the Moritz Funeral Home in Tappan. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association ( or 800-242-8721).

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