He was born on March 25, 1951 in Hershey and was the son of Francis McGrath of Lady Lake, Fla. and the late Hilda Lockard McGrath.
He was a graduate of Middletown Area High School Class of 1969 and received his engineering degree at Penn State in 1973; was of the Methodist faith and had attended Grace Methodist Church, Carlisle and New Covenant Methodist Church, The Villages, Fla.
He was a retired engineer and project manager for St. Mary’s County, Md., was Past Master & Secretary of Thomas J. Shryock F&AM Lodge #223 from 1994-2004, Ancient & Accepted Scottish Rite; Wise Master Valley of Southern Maryland in 1997. Venerable Master in 2007; Past Worthy Patron Julia Halla Chapter #107 Order of the Eastern Star in 1996, 1999, and 2002; Past President Pa-Po-Peake Shrine Club in 1997; member of Boumi Shrine: Ambassadors, Shepherds (logged 23,200 miles) to Philadelphia Shriners Children’s Hospital; member of the Patuxent Chapter #522 National Sojourners and member of the Heroes of 76 Ortho-Holland Williams Camp, all of California, Md.
He enjoyed golfing and fishing, but his greatest joy came from spending time with his family.
In addition to his mother, Jay was preceded in death by his stepmother Betty McGrath.
He is survived by his father Francis W. McGrath of Lady Lake; sister Dara Shank (Dennis) of Carlisle; stepbrother George (Mary Ann) of Elizabethtown; stepsister Lynda Tymchak (William) of Wakefield; uncle Charles (Bim) Lockard; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Celebration of his Life will be held at noon on Saturday, July 6, at Grace United Methodist Church, 45 S. West St., Carlisle, with the Rev. James VanZant officiating.
Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. at the church. Masonic Lodge F&AM #223, Order of the Eastern Star, and Patuxent Chapter #522 National Sojourners memorial rites will be at 11 a.m., prior to the church service.
Memorial contributions in Jay’s name may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 355 N. Broad St., Philadelphia, PA 19140.
Arrangements by the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., Middletown.
Condolences may be sent to www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.