William McGrath Jr., 82, Johnson and Johnson machinist, enjoyed U.S. history, NASCAR

By on November 2, 2016

William McGrath Jr., formerly of Pittstown, N.J., died at home on Oct. 28, 2016, in Ephrata. Affectionately known as “Bub,” he had suffered multiple strokes and had moved to Ephrata to live closer to his family. He was 82.

William was born Dec. 8, 1934, in Gladstone, N.J., the son of William and Edna McGrath.

He graduated from high school in 1952. He had learned machine shop skills in vocational school and began his career in a small machine shop and later moved to RCA as a machinist, where he worked for several years. The bulk of his career was at Johnson and Johnson, where he excelled at his job and was well regarded by his colleagues as excellent at his craft.

He enjoyed trout fishing, hunting, gardening, and reading about U.S. history, and was an enthusiastic NASCAR fan.

Survivors include his son: Brett McGrath, Ephrata; and his grandchildren: Monica, Matthew, Nicole, and Hilairé.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister: Jean; son: Donald; and grandson: Michael.

Funeral services will take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, at the Roseboro Stradling Funeral Home, 533 Walnut St., Denver, with the Rev. Dr. Douglas C. Bozung officiating. Visitation will take place from 1:30 to 2 p.m., prior to the service. Interment will take place in the Fairview Cemetery Annex, Denver.

Memorial donations in his name can be made to Hospice and Community Care, P.O. Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17601.

Arrangements by Roseboro Stradling Funeral and Cremation Services Inc., Denver. Online condolences can be given at roseborostradling.com.

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