James Patrick McGrath, 50, federal criminal investigator

December 31, 2003

James Patrick McGrath, a retired federal criminal investigator, died Monday of cancer at his Parkton home. He was 50.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he earned a business degree from Alfred University in Alfred, N.Y., and a master's degree in business administration from Indiana University.

Mr. McGrath began his career with the federal government in Clayton, N.Y., as an Immigration and Naturalization Service agent in 1975. In 1979, he became a special agent with the Internal Revenue Service's South Bend, Ind., criminal investigation unit.

He then became a group manager in Buffalo, N.Y., and later was named branch chief of the Baltimore field office before retiring as an analyst at the IRS Criminal Investigation headquarters in Washington.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday at Our Lady of Grace Church, 18310 Middletown Road, Parkton.

Survivors include his wife of seven years, the former Holly Michaelson; three sons, David McGrath and Robert McGrath, both of Endwell, N.Y., and Michael P. McGrath of Parkton; a stepson, Eric Kutchey of Parkton; his father, John McGrath of Syracuse, N.Y.; a brother, John McGrath of Syracuse; and two sisters, Patricia McGrath of Idaho Falls, Idaho, and Jeanne McCarroll of Liverpool, N.Y.

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