Thomas R. McGrath


Thomas R. McGrath, JD, retired Lt. CPD, Air Force Vietnam Veteran; beloved husband of Colette nee Roche; loving father of Patrick CPD, Clare (Ryan) Milott and Maricolette; cherished grandfather of Maggie, Maureen, Frank, Patrick, and Ryan; dear brother of Maureen (Gil) Sanks and the late Joanne (Chuck Ret. CPD) Jones, Margaret (James Ret. CPD) Fahey; special cousin of the late Cathy Suchan and Danny McGrath; beloved in-law of the Roche Clan; fond uncle of many; friend to all who knew him. Visitation Tuesday from 4:00 PM until Mass of Christian Burial 7:30 PM at St. Juliana Church, 7201 N. Oketo. *Covid -19 protocols will be followed, and space is limited, please wear a mask and pay your respects quickly so others may do the same. *  All are encouraged to wear their favorite Hawaiian shirt in honor of Tom’s retirement from his wonderful life. Interment Private at Queen of Heaven Cemetery. Arrangements handled by Gibbons Family Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Brotherhood for the Fallen; also, Tom proudly donated a kidney and would encourage all to consider organ donation. For info 773-777-3944 or

A live stream of the funeral mass can be found here if the link below doesn’t work


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Visitation Date

05/04/2021 - 05/04/2021

Service Location

Visitation & Funeral Mass
St. Juliana Church
7201 N Oketo Ave.
Chicago, IL 60631

Queen of Heaven Cemetery
Hillside, IL

16 thoughts on “Thomas R. McGrath”

  1. Colette, Patrick, Claire and Maricollet . Our sincere and deepest sympathy on Tom/Dads passing. What a wounderful human being he is. I am for ever greatful for having known him
    Jim & Cathie Lorenzo

  2. Dear Collette & Family:

    PLEASE accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your loved one Tom. May the Lord comfort you at this time of great sorrow and may Tom now REST IN PEACE with the LORD OUR GOD. He was one of those persons one never forgets.

  3. I am sorry and shocked to hear of Tom’s passing. Our deep condolences to his family. Tom and I were both Sgt’s At A/3 Det. Div. it was an honor to work along side of him. He was a great Supervisor always ready to help anyone in need. He will be missed by all. God Bless Sgt. Frank Riggio and family.

  4. Prayers to my cousins in the Chicago area on the passing of Tom. Word of his passing has just made its way to Tempe, AZ. Many thanks to our O’Neill cousins. The Dillon, Courtney, and Henza families are so very sorry for your loss.

  5. To Collette and family ,
    We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Tommy.
    Sending warm caring thoughts and prayers to you from Florida. Tommy sure was a great man and will ve missed by all. God’s blessings surround you during these days 🙏 Love, Lyn and Jake

  6. Collette and family,
    We were so sorry to hear about the loss of Tommy.
    Sending our warm ❤and prayers to you and your family. Tommy was a great man and we will miss his friendship down here in SWFL. May the Lord comfort and keep you during this time. 🙏

  7. It’s been ages since we lived down the block from the McGrath family on Lorel Ave in Austin but the memories are very clear. I remember Tommy as the sweetest, kindest and funniest guy. My sympathy to Colette and their children and Maureen Gail.
    Mary Pat Russell

  8. Dear Collette & Family,
    I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your dear Tom. May the hope of heaven give you peace and the love of God bring you comfort.

  9. Dear Collette and family,
    We are so sorry to hear about the loss of your husband/father/grandfather. What a wonderful friend and neighbor he was. Oriole Ave hasn’t been the same since you moved away. We hope that happy memories will help ease the pain at this difficult time.

  10. I worked under Tom when he was a Sgt in the Auto Theft Section, and found him to be very personable, a true gentleman, the Police Dept’ was fortunate to have him.

  11. Our condolences to the McGrath family… Tom was an inspiration to all that knew him… he was a true friend and will be sorely missed… Our thoughts and prayers for Tom… RIP my brother…

  12. Dear Colette, Claire,Maricolette Patrick McGrath our condolence to the family. Tom was A wonderful person.Neighbor friend a wonderful husband father and grandpa he will be missed by all he will always be in our hearts and never forgotten. Stanley ,Rhonda Kobus and family

  13. I knew Tom when we both worked in 014 a hundred years ago. We regularly encountered each other thereafter as we made our way through lives as cops, way back when some folks even liked us. Tom was the kind of person you hoped to meet and work with when you came on the job. Quiet, confident, and competent. And with a heart big as a house.
    Deepest condolences to all of his many loved ones.

  14. Beautiful mass and celebration of life in honor of a wonderful man and and our friend, Tom. Moving and true words by Patrick. So glad we could participate and be there with Colette and the family. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.

  15. Claire, I am so sorry to hear about your father’s passing. Sounds like his was a wonderful man. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

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