In Memory of




Obituary for Kenneth Joseph McGrath

It is with great sadness that the family of Kenneth “Ken” Joseph McGrath announce his passing at the Kiwanis Nursing Home on December 6, 2022 at the age of 77 years. Ken was born in Saint John, NB on August 12, 1945 son of the late Francis and Eleanor (Kelly) McGrath. He is survived by a son Kenneth Jr. McGrath; brothers, John (Susan) McGrath, Wayne (Gail) McGrath, Stuart (Jennie) Rogers and Paul (Joanne) Cameron; sisters, Mary (Allen) Barron and Libby (Brian) Brons; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Ken was predeceased by his wife Jan McGrath and his sister Kathy Fair.

Ken started his working career as a woodsman, before moving on to join the air force. He spent five years there and obtained his trade as an electrical technician, in which he excelled. Ken had an active love life, but finally met his soulmate and love of his life, Jan. They moved to Florida, married, and lived happily until Jan passed away suddenly after a brief illness in 1992. He lost his way for a while, then decided to come back home to New Brunswick. He then met Barb Richardson and they enjoyed their time together. Ken got sick in 2011 and after spending time in the hospital he moved to his new home at the Kiwanis Nursing Home, where he resided until he left us for his next journey. As a surprise to many of you, Ken was quite a poet as you will see below.

A special thank you to the caring staff at Kiwanis Nursing Home for their exceptional care Ken received as well as his friend Pauline. A private burial with immediate family will take place at a later date. A celebration of Kens’ life will be held at the Sussex Legion on Saturday, December 17, 2022 from 12:00 to 3:00 pm. Donations in memory of Ken made to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 20 or the Kiwanis Nursing Home would be appreciated by his family.

Arrangements are in the compassionate care of Chipman Funeral Home Ltd. & Crematorium (339-6612). Memories and condolences may be shared through


It’s just been two years
My how time does fly
The pain it ain’t easy
But I no longer cry.

Your picture I look at
What a beautiful girl
Why did he take you
Out of my world.

I wonder if ever
You look down from above
To see what I’m doing
Or if I fell in love.

At night when I’m lonely
I look up at the sky
And pray I’ll be with you
When it’s my turn to die.

There’s only one angel
I long to see
So be there my darling
With a smile, just for me.

Your loving husband, Ken