Hamilton, MA — John Ellsworth McGrath, 55, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, June 19, 2013. Born in Medford, and raised in Burlington and Danvers, John was the beloved husband of 25 years to Lori Canarie-McGrath and loving, proud father of daughters, Dale, Dana and Keira McGrath, all of Hamilton. John was the devoted son of John Francis and the late Elaine (Wall) McGrath, and brother of JoAnn and husband, James Darryl Craze, Nancy and husband, Michael Adams, Neil and wife, Kim McGrath, Charles and wife, Susan McGrath, and Colonel Caroline McGrath, USAF. He was the caring uncle of Alexander Craze, Anthony and Amy Castellano, Clayton, Sam and Hannah McGrath, Ethan and Shaelyn McGrath, Carleigh Cutbush and Caleb Samoulis. He was also loved and admired for his kindness by his mother-in-law, Dr. Anne Frances Canarie. John was a 1975 graduate of Danvers High School and continued his education as a 1979 graduate of the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point. As a Merchant Marine, he traveled the world, exploring various places and collecting treasures along the way. Employed as a Chief and Lead Engineer throughout his professional career, John held many licenses and certifications. Friends and family will recall his ability to take everything in that he heard and observed to formulate an appropriate and witty response, formed by the knowledge he attained from being so well-read. John will be remembered and appreciated for his dedication to his family and friends, his hard work, intelligence and sense of humor. His wisdom and guidance will continue to inspire the lives of all who knew and loved him.
ARRANGEMENTS: Relatives and friends are kindly invited to visitation on Tuesday evening, June 25, from 4 to 8 p.m. in the Mackey Funeral Home, 22 Conant St., Danvers. A memorial service to celebrate John’s life will be held in Grace Episcopal Church, 385 Essex St., Salem, at 7 p.m. on Wednesday evening, June 26. In lieu of flowers, kindly make donations in John's memory to a charity of your choice. To leave the family a condolence, please see www.mackeyfuneralhome.com.