Rodney McGrath

Rodney McGrath

March 16, 1965 March 12, 2020

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Obituary for Rodney LeRoy McGrath

Rodney “Roddy” L. McGrath, 54, of Downingtown, passed away Thursday, March 12, 2020, while in the care of Thomas Jefferson University Hospital. Before his passing Rodney consented to continue significantly impacting the lives of others through participation with Gift of Life.

He was a son of the late Marilyn (Wertz) McGrath.

He graduated from Wilson High School ’83. He served as a medic in the US Army, and then earned his BS in Biology from Albright College. The Peace Corps took him to Tonga in the South Pacific to teach. He was a gene researcher at Thomas Jefferson Hospital before returning to Berks County, where he entered the family business. As owner of East-West Therapeutic Massage for twenty years, this beautiful human transformed the atmosphere with his giant heart. During this time Roddy obtained his RN degree from RACC, which he claimed he earned “just for fun.”

Possessing a caring and fiercely loving soul, Roddy easily gained friends. He treasured the relationship he shared with his lifelong friends, Phil, Jim, and Rich. Roddy was always the instigator in chief of his friends’ light-hearted teenage mischief. He was adventurous and enjoyed skydiving, skiing, and running. He was a voracious reader and an enthusiast of Grade B movies.

He is survived by his sisters: Elizabeth, wife of Paul Lavicka, with whom he resided, and Susan M. McGrath of Newmanstown, Lebanon County; his nephews Jackson Brubaker and Harry Naumann; his aunt, Gale Rhoads; his cousins Mervin G. Wertz, Kelly Bowen, Shannon Wertz, Andrea McCullough, and Lori Donohue; and father Rodney McGrath.
He is also survived by his work wife Laurie, work sister Liz, and all the work angels that he was fortunate to know and love.

Roddy’s life will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 6 pm at the Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, 739 Penn Avenue, West Reading. Friends and family are invited to gather at the funeral home beginning at 4 pm until the time of service.

Roddy loved the two rescue dogs Elizabeth and Paul brought into the home. His family asks that donations in his memory please be made to the Brandywine Valley SPCA, 1212 Phoenixville Pike, West Chester, PA 19380.

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  • Visitation

    March 18, 2020 | 4:00pm - 6:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
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    March 18, 2020
    4:00pm - 6:00pm
  • Service

    March 18, 2020 | 6:00pm
    Edward J. Kuhn Funeral Home, Inc.
    739 Penn Avenue
    West Reading, PA
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email |
    March 18, 2020


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Michael McCaulley and Heartfelt Sympathies have planted a memorial tree for Rodney LeRoy McGrath.
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Karen Schoener

My heartfelt sympathy for the family. A child and Brother are such loss, it is hard to imagine going on without him. He is not far from you. Just touch your heart and you will feel him there. He would want you to go on, celebrating your love for him in memories of laughs and good times you shared. Rod and Charlotte, I know this is a hard time for you, as it is. Stay strong, God watch over you. My Sue, Mike’s sweetheart, I’m here for you.
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Paul Lavicka

Hi.. Just an update that if you would like to watch the funeral service, the speaking part starts at the 3:20 hr time marker, if you want to skip ahead. Thanks.
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Paul Lavicka

Also.. The recorded video link is at the bottom of the player screen.
Posted at 10:35am

Michael McCaulley

In Remembrance of Rod McGrath Jr
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Michael McCaulley

Thank you so much for sharing the video of Rod Jr's beautiful memoriam for those of us that were unable to attend. All of the memories that were shared reminded me of the little things that I carry with me each day to honor Rod. To do your best with a joke and a smile, to help unselfishly, to appreciate the time spent with friends while it lasts, and the value of a good eye roll/smirk to lighten the mood when things get tough. Thank you Rod for all of the knowledge that you have imparted, both about massage therapy and life. I'm thankful for the time we shared.
Comment | Posted at 07:53am via Condolence

Lori Donahue

rip Dear Cousin Roddy.
Love, Cousin Lori
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