The Daily News March 9, 1955 Page: 5 Trinity, March 4 -William McGrath - There passed away at Trinity on February 12th, William McGrath, aged 71 years, son of the late John and Elizabeth (nee Miles) McGrath, of King's Cove. The deceased was born at King's Cove in 1883. He received his primary education at King's Cove and afterwards graduated from St. Patrick's Hall, St. John's, after which he joined the staff of James Ryan and Co., of King's Cove. In 1910 he transferred to Ryan Bros., at Trinity, as chief accountant. Later he became manager which position he held until his retirement in 1952 when the firm closed out. About a year after his retirement he was stricken with a serious ailment which necessitated a major operation, and from which he never fully recovered. The late William McGrath was all his life a devout Catholic, and at the last found comfort and strength in the Viaticum of Holy Church, administered by Father Woodford, parish priest. To this great comfort was added the consolation that all the members of his family were able to be with him during his last few days on earth. The funeral service was held on Tuesday morning with requiem mass at 9:30. It was attended by members of the Trinity Benefit Club (of which he had been treasurer for many years), and many others of all creeds. The deceased was held in high esteem as a citizen and will be greatly missed in the community. Surviving him are his widow (nee Jane Fowlow of Trinity East), seven sons and two daughters, Jack and Edmund at home; Owen in the U.S.A.; Patrick at Clarenville; William at St. John's; Joseph at Aquathuna; Margaret at St. John's and Catherine at home. Also a niece Betty Foley of Boston, Mass. To those he was devoted and they to him and his severance from them is full of sorrow, and the sympathy of their numerous friends is extended to the bereaved family. Requiescat in Pace.
(As Posted in the NL roots list Nov 2012.