Thomas S.  McGrath
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - Thomas S. McGrath, a resident of Florham Park, formerly of Bedminster, peacefully passed away on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, surrounded by his family.
Thomas was born in Jersey City, but was raised in Hartwick.
He returned to New Jersey in high school and graduated from Garfield High School in 1961.
Thomas met his wife, Grace Marie Castellano, in 1963, and they were married in 1966. Their song was "I Will Wait For You" from the 1964 French film "The Umbrellas of Cherbourg." The couple bought an old farmhouse in his childhood hometown of Hartwick, where Thomas served at one time as assistant fire chief for the town.
Thomas worked early in his career as a draftsman.
He eventually graduated from SUNY Oneonta with a Bachelor of Science degree in land surveying.
He worked at several engineering firms through his career.
He taught at Middlesex Community College and New Jersey Institute of Technology. One of his proudest achievements was crafting the curriculum for the Bachelor of Science degree in surveying at NJIT.
Thomas was honored many times during his career by the New Jersey Society of Professional Land Surveyors. He wrote multiple articles for their magazine, gave workshops at their annual convention and acted as a keynote speaker as well. In 1999, he was honored with the William T. Murray Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2014, he finally published his own book on land surveying, "How to Survey Land with Metes and/or Bounds."
Thomas was predeceased by his brother, John of Hartwick.
He is survived by his wife, Grace; daughter, Christina McGrath and her wife, Maureen Roger; grandson, Richard Geer and his wife, Heather Lynn; great-grandson, James Geer; granddaughter, Heather Geer; brothers, James of Cooperstown and Frank of Greer of South Carolina; sisters, Mary McGrath of Annapolis, Maryland, Helen Senmartin of Belleville, New Jersey and Ann Kane of East Earl, Pennsylvania.
Visitation for family and friends was held Sunday, Dec. 1, at M. John Scanlan Funeral Home, 781 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains, New Jersey. Cremation will be private. A funeral Mass was held Monday, Dec. 2, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 17 Pompton Ave., Pompton Lakes, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to New Jersey Land Surveyors Scholarship Foundation in memory of Thomas S. McGrath.
Published on December 4, 2019


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