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Captain Harold Albert McGrath, Jr.

September 13, 2011

            Captain McGrath retired from the Navy after 31 years of service on June 1, 1979, and went to work for Hughes Aircraft in Newport Beach, CA, where he was in charge of Research and Development.  He retired from Hughes in September 1992.

            The McGrath’s then moved to Floyd, VA, where Capt. McGrath worked with the VFW Post # 7854.  He initiated and coordinated the first Veteran’s Day Parade in Floyd, and continued to coordinate the parade until 2005.  He also initiated the Main Street American Flag Display Program in Floyd where American Flags are displayed along the two main streets in the Town of Floyd during federal holidays.  He was a member of the Great Oaks Country Club where he was an avid golfer.  They moved to Roanoke, VA, in 2005, and became members of St. Andrews Catholic Church.  They were members of the Shenandoah Club and Military Officer’s Association of America.

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            A Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated 11:00 am on Wednesday, September 14, at St. Andrews Catholic Church with the Reverend Monsignor Thomas Miller officiating.  Viewing will be held at Oakeys Funeral Home on Church Ave. on Tuesday, September 13, at 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm.  Internment will be held at Long Island National Cemetery in Famingdale, NY on Friday, September 16, 2011 at 10:30 A.M.  In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorial contributions be made to the St. Andrews Catholic Church Building Fund, 631 North Jefferson St., Roanoke, VA 24016 or to the Military Family Service Center, Attn: Wounded Warriors Program, PO Box 1122, 901 Russell St., Salem, VA 24153.

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