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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Friday, April 14, 2006 at 08:57:09 :

Independent Journal
Monday, February 17, 1964
Page 4


John S. McGrath, 83, of Bolinas, widely known in fraternal circles, died today in his home after a long illness.

A native of Ireland, he had lived in Marin County since 1944. He was a former commander of Bolinas Post 572, American Legion. He was a member of Bloomfield Lodge 415, Free and Accepted Masons; Vitruvius Chapter 108, Royal Arch Masons, Mill Valley; Point Arena Chapter 291, Order of Eastern Star; John H. Harris Camp 18, United Spanish War Veterans, and the San Rafael post of Veterans of Foreign Wars.

McGrath was in the lighthouse service on the Pacific Coast for 19 years before he retired in 1944. He served at Humboldt Bay Fog Signal Station near Eureka, on Point Arena and on East Brothers Island off Point Richmond.

He saw military service during both the Spanish-American War and World War I.

Surviving are his widow, Jeanne McGrath of Bolinas; a son, William M. McGrath of San Rafael, and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday at Keatonís Mortuary, San Rafael. Burial will be in Golden Gate National Cemetery, San Bruno.


A Death Notice in the same paper adds information: he was the uncle of Mrs. Helen Doke, grandfather of 2 and great-grandfather of 3.

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