Henry C. McGrath

First Posted: 2/29/2012

Attorney Henry C. McGrath, 80, of Clarks Green, died Feb. 18, in Regional Hospital of Scranton after a brief illness. He was married to the former Mary Ann Walker.

He was born Feb. 21, 1931, in Scranton and was the son of the late attorney Henry C. and Esther (Walsh) McGrath. A former resident of Scranton, he lived in Clarks Green since 1964. He was a 1948 graduate of Scranton Preparatory School and received his Bachelor of Arts degree in history from The University of Scranton and his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He honorably served his country in the Army after leaving law school. He began his professional career in 1955, joining the firm of his late father. The law firm eventually became Welles & McGrath. He practiced law with partners attorney C.H. Welles Jr., attorney C.H. Welles III and until his retirement in 2010, attorney C.H. (Ty) Welles IV, who continues the law firm.

He was past president of the Lackawanna County Bar Association. Active in the community, he had been solicitor for the zoning board of the borough of Clarks Green and served on the board of the Scranton Public Library. He was a longtime member of the Church of St. Gregory, Clarks Green, and the Country Club of Scranton.

Also surviving are two sons, attorney John J. and wife, Norri, Haddonfield, N.J.; and Thomas F. and wife, Katherine, Drexel Hill; a sister, Suzanne Dunnigan and husband, Robert J., Southhampton; five grandchildren, Kathryn, Christopher, Brian, Hannah and Sarah; several nieces and nephews.

He was also preceded in death by a sister, Jeanne McGrath Hennessey.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph’s Center, 2010 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA18509; St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen, 500 Penn Ave., Scranton, PA18503 or Abington Community Library, 1200 W. Grove St., Clarks Summit, PA 18411

For more information, directions, or to send an online condolence, visit www.jenningscalvey.com

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