Peabody — Thomas James McGrath, III, 87, loving husband of Rose Papanickolas-McGrath of Peabody, Massachusetts, died Sunday, March 30, in the presence of his wife and family at the Indian River Medical Center in Vero Beach, FL after a 38 day illness.
The Papanickolas and McGrath Families rejoiced when Tom and Rose married in the St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church in Peabody in a memorable ceremony officiated by three priests, the Rev. Christopher Foustoukos, Peabody, Rev. George Tsoukalas, Lynn and Rev. John McGinnis of St. John R.C. Church, Peabody.
Although married for seven short years, they cherished every moment of their beautiful marriage with deep faith in the miracle of their love, whether attending services at churches here and in Florida, taking leisurely walks, singing and hearing music of earlier years, traveling to Paris after their wedding, driving throughout New England, treasuring holidays and social events, and most importantly, being with their family. Theirs was a wide circle of friends, especially at their annual pilgrimage to the St. Photios National Shrine in St. Augustine, FL, where Rose is a Trustee for New England. Tom enjoyed playing golf, reading the Wall Street Journal every morning, and reading world and church history.
Mr. McGrath was employed by the General Electric Corporation upon his graduation from Lehigh University in 1950 and continued working with GE and its subsidiary, Honeywell Information Systems, through his retirement in 1983. Mr. McGrath’s career with General Electric and Honeywell included both United States and international assignments in finance. Since his retirement in 1983, Mr. McGrath made his home in Chatham, MA, for twenty years before relocating more recently to Newburyport and Peabody, MA.
Besides his loving wife he is survived by his children, Marinel D. McGrath and her husband, Gary N. Oakes, of Byfield, MA, Stephanie M. and Charles R. Corbo of Norwalk, CT, and Thomas J. McGrath IV and his wife, Tracy, of Ft. Pierce, FL; his grandchildren, Diana Corbo Carvajal and her husband, Andres, of Hollywood, FL, Christopher R. Corbo of Norwalk, CT, Brian P. McGrath of Wellesley, MA, Emily E. McGrath of NY, and the Papanickolas Family of Peabody, Emmanuel N. and his wife, Georgia, Crystal Catina Papanickolas, Nicholas E. and Kristin Papanickolas, Angelia “Lia” Rose Papanickolas and Emmanuel “Mikey” Papanickolas. He was predeceased by his previous wife, Dolores J. (Stephanak) McGrath and his sister and brother-in-law, Kathleen and E. Everett May.
ARRANGEMENTS: A distinguished-looking man in every way, Tom was so very kind, soft-spoken, and mild-mannered. The word “angel” fit his character. Memorial donations in celebration of his life may be made to St. Vasilios Greek Orthodox Church, 7 Paleologos St., Peabody, MA 01960; the Annunciation Church, 4 Harris St., Newburyport, MA 01950 and St. Photios Greek Orthodox National Shrine, 41 St. George St., St. Augustine, FL 32085.
His funeral service will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Conway, Cahill-Brodeur Funeral Home, 82 Lynn St., Peabody, followed by a Funeral Mass at 10 a.m. at St. John the Baptist Church, Peabody, to which relatives and friends are kindly invited to attend. Visiting hours will be held on Friday from 4 until 8 p.m. Prior to the visitation on Friday, the Greek Traditional Memorial Service will be held at 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Peabody. For directions and online obituary, visit www.ccbfuneral.com.