With heavy hearts we announce the passing of Hugh McGrade (1930-2019). Dad passed away peacefully Thursday morning surrounded by his loving family. After courageously battling Alzheimer's for four years, Dad succumbed quickly to complications due to pneumonia. The son of Bernard and Bridget, and brother to May, John, Bridget, Jim, and Betty, Dad is survived by his loving wife of sixty-one years, Camilla and his devoted children John (Phyllis), Bernie, Marianne (Rob), Dan (Jennifer), Pat (Lynn), Rita (Peter), David, Gregory (Samara) and his beloved grandchildren Joe (Daniella), Leigh, Sean, Michael, Brenna, James, Shannon, Ottilia, Jack, Madeline, and Camilla.
Raised on a farm in Schomberg, Dad moved to Toronto at the age of twenty-four and while attending a church dance he fell trippingly in love with Camilla Barry. Soon after, they married in 1957. Dad ran his own successful IGA store in the west end while helping Camilla to raise their eight children. While growing up, Dad taught us by example the value of having a deep faith in God and how to find strength in the virtues of Charity, Hope and Humility. In 1995 Dad retired to become a full-time Grandpa. He also became an avid cruiser and travelled often with both family and friends. Throughout his retirement he delighted in spending time with his family by playing golf, taking trips up north, going to the races, playing the slots (and winning) and sharing a laugh or a story or a piece of pie with ice cream – Dad made each day count. “Every Day is a Good Day." Rest eternal grant unto him and let light perpetual shine upon him. May he rest in peace.
Visitations will be at Turner and Porter, Butler Chapel 4933 Dundas St. W., Etobicoke on Saturday, September 7th from 2 to 4 and Sunday, September 8th from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9. Funeral Mass will be celebrated Monday, September 9th at 10:30 at Transfiguration of Our Lord Parish, 45 Ludstone Drive, Etobicoke. Memorial donations can be made to the St. Vincent de Paul Society.