James A. (Jim) McGrath

James A. (Jim) McGrath

James A. (Jim) McGrath of Clayton died in the early morning Valentine’s Day, hours after presenting his loving wife of more than 67 years Julie with a bouquet of her favorite yellow roses just before his final trip to the hospital. He was 92 years old, and most of those years were happy and healthy, although the back pain that took him off his beloved golf course a few years ago had recently become acute. His loving daughter Kelly was with him at the end, and she had Frank Sinatra ballads playing to comfort his final moments.

Jim was born and raised in northern New Jersey, the son of Andrew and Clarissa McGrath. After high school, he joined the Navy and served on a destroyer that deployed several times to the Mediterranean Sea. He never forgot his time in the Navy, and a picture of that ship (USS ROBERT K. HUNTINGTON (DD 781) had a proud place in his office/den. After leaving the Navy, he went to work as a salesman for Philadelphia Insulated Wire, and after seeing a niche market developing, he left to start his own wire distribution business, Seminole Products, Inc. in Blenheim, N.J., which he ran for more than thirty years. He met Julia (Julie) at a wedding in 1956, and they married later that year.

An avid golfer and a stickler for the ancient rules of the game, he had of late become concerned with a number of practices on the pro tour(s), including excessive practice swings, the pace of play, and the use of encyclopedic course guides. No action has been taken on his complaints to this date.

Jim and Julie retired to Clayton in 1998, to be near two of their children and their families.

Jim is survived by his beloved wife Julie, sons James G. (Jim) and his wife Debra (Debbie) of Clayton, Thomas (Tom) and his wife Emily of Chesterfield, VA; Sean and his wife Meredith of Westmont, NJ; Bryan and his partner Catherine of Easton, MD; Patrick (Pat) and his wife Stephanie of Havertown, PA, and daughter Kelly (McGrath) O’Doherty and her husband David of Archer Lodge. Jim will also be missed by his nine grandchildren Meaghan, Lo, Morgan, Kevin, Conor, Liam, Rory, Emma, and Colin.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The National Association of Destroyer Veterans destroyers.org or Navy League of the United States navyleague.org.

Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, February 21, 2024 at 10 am at St. Eugene’s Catholic Church, Wendell, NC.


  • Jimmie McGrath Posted February 17, 2024 11:08 am

    Miss you Jimmy Wires! <3

  • Mike and Cathy Raspet Posted February 19, 2024 5:15 pm

    Always a gentleman and a romantic. He was such an avid golfer.i know Julie will miss him as will their children. Jim always had a story to tell. He was very proud of his “Red Riding Hood” and their beautiful children and families.

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