Classic car enthusiast who cherished family vacations to the coast of Maine


NORTH READING — Robert (Bob) W. McGrath, 72, of North Reading, passed away on September 12, 2023.

Bob was raised in North Cambridge by his parents, William and Ethel (Henderson) McGrath, both lifelong residents of North Cambridge. Bob married Lorraine (Bizelia) McGrath of North Reading, formerly Cambridge, and they celebrated 38 years of marriage this year. Bob was lovingly proud of their son Rory D. McGrath, who grew up in North Reading, graduated from UMass Amherst, earned his MBA from Northeastern University, and is employed by Nike.

Many of Bob’s favorite memories were of family vacations with his wife and son to the coast of Maine. Rory lives in Portland, Oregon with his fianceé, Erin Milligan, who was raised in Rumford, Maine. Their wedding is planned for September 2024 in Maine.

Bob was a classic car enthusiast and he would have kept every car he owned if possible. For those he couldn’t keep, he enjoyed creating model versions to put on his shelves. He drove a variety of cars throughout the years including a VW Beetle, 1955 Corvette, and 1972 Dodge Charger; most recently he enjoyed his 2008 Cadillac, 1975 Corvette and 1956 Harley Davidson.

Bob was predeceased by his parents, William and Ethel, and his (man’s) best friend, Doggie. He is survived by his wife Lorraine; son Rory and his fianceé, Erin; and his sisters: Elizabeth (Betty) Hayes of Naples, Florida, and Dorothy (Dottie) Hosterman of Orange City, Florida.

Arrangements are by the Croswell Funeral Home, 19 Bow St., North Reading. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit