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In Memoriam

November 17, 2010
Leo McGrath, 85 and the patriarch of a family that operates 12 area dealerships, died of pancreatic cancer Sept. 10.

 

 

As a Marine fighter pilot in World War II, Mr. McGrath received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He later led the formation of jets that performed the flyover for Dwight Eisenhower’s 1953 presidential inauguration.

 

He then went to work for the Buick Motor Division of General Motors, and in 1964 opened McGrath Buick in Elgin. Ultimately, all of his dealerships were sold to his sons, and he helped a son-in-law, Ron Hopkins, open a Ford outlet.

 

Survivors include his wife, Jeanne; sons Michael, Gary, James and Scott; daughters Patricia, Deborah and Kelly; 21 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

 

Memorials appreciated to USO of Illinois, 847-741-8800.

 

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