In Loving Memory of Colin M. McGrath

April 14, 1997
New London, CT
August 02, 2018
Lake Ariel, PA
Funeral Home

Spear-Miller Funeral Home

39 South Benson Road,
Fairfield CT US 06824


Spear-Miller Funeral Home, Monday 4-8 p.m.

39 South Benson Road,
CT 06824

August 06, 2018


Norwalk Church of the Nazarene

Funeral Service

146 Main Street,

Tuesday, August 7, 2018 11:00 a.m.


Oak Lawn Cemetery

1530 Bronson Road,
CT 06824

August 07, 2018

Family Gathering


Church of the Nazarene

146 Main Street,
CT 06851

Colin M. McGrath

Colin M. McGrath, age 21, of Lake Ariel, PA, formerly of Fairfield, beloved son of Michael and Betsy McGrath, passed away Thursday, August 2, 2018. Born in New London, Colin was raised in Fairfield. He attended Stratfield School and Roger Ludlowe Middle School, and graduated from Fairfield Warde High School. Colin had many interests throughout his life. From a young age, he enjoyed working with computers. He honed his I.T. skills in school and was employed as a tech specialist for a number of years. He also loved cooking, was an accomplished chef, and was recently employed in Pennsylvania as a cook. Colin loved music of all kinds and started playing the violin at age 5 at the Suzuki Music School of Westport. He proudly performed with Suzuki at both Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls in New York City. Colin performed in school orchestras from grade 3 through high school and was a member of the Greater Bridgeport Youth Orchestra. When not playing the violin, he loved to play the electric guitar. He created original music and musical arrangements, and did sound recording and engineering with other musicians in PA. Colin was an accomplished fisherman and was equally happy catching anything from trout to small sharks. He also loved animals of all kinds, had many pets throughout his life, and worked in a pet store while living in Florida. In addition to his loving and devoted parents, Michael and Betsy, Colin is survived by many aunts, uncles, and cousins who will miss him dearly, along with all the friends he made in CT, PA, and FL. Friends may call Monday, August 6, from 4-8 p.m. in the Spear-Miller Funeral Home, 39 South Benson Road, Fairfield. A funeral service will be held Tuesday, August 7, at 11:00 a.m. at the Church of the Nazarene, 146 Main Street, Norwalk. Interment will follow in Oak Lawn Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, contributions in Colin’s memory may be made to Church of the Nazarene, 146 Main Street, Norwalk, CT 06851. For information or to offer an online condolence, please visit

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  1. Michael & Betsey – I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your son Colin. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. May the Lord comfort you and fill you with his peace and strength during this difficult time. Keep your happy memories of your son close to your heart, because there, they will always remain.

  2. Dear Mike and Betsy, my sincere condolences on the loss of your son Colin! I am truly sorry for your loss and cannot imagine the pain and sadness of your grief. Please know that I will keep you Colin and your family in my prayers.

  3. Betsy & Mike,

    Colin and our son Matt became very close living & working together & as their parents we are now LC’s forever family. You are all in out thoughts and prayers ;praying he is at peace. Though we cant ever have enough angels watching over us he got his wings far too soon.
    Amy, Tim & Matt Sharkey

  4. Betsy,
    I am heartbroken to hear about Colin. There really are no words to make things better for you. Know that I’m thinking of you during this trying time.

  5. I pray for comfort for you, Betsy and Mike, as you walk this road. May you feel the blessing of Jesus’ presence with you now. In Jesus’ name, amen.

  6. Dearest Betsy and Michael
    Our deepest, heartfelt sympathy and love are with you during these very painful days. We fervently hope that memories of the many happy days shared with your beloved Colin afford some small comfort.

  7. Dear Betsy and Michael–We were very sad to hear about Colin’s passing. We will always remember him as a talented, sweet and much loved young man. The three of you have been a very important part of our lives this last year. We hope you and your family will find comfort in the love you share for Colin and in knowing that you are loved.

  8. Dear Betsy and Mike,
    We are so sad to hear that your dear son passed away. We are sending you our loving thoughts and prayers for comfort at this really difficult time. I wish I could give you both hugs and be with you both. Please know that we too lost a son at birth. It maybe so very hard now as you grieve his loss, but we are praying that eventually memories of happier times will bring you comfort in the future. Love you, Ginny and Ron Lau

  9. Mike & Betsy, God will show his miracles and grace to you no matter how small or large it will seem; I continue to witness his miracles and gifts he gives me; have faith and know that God has special plans for Colin in heaven and know that we will ALL be reunited in heaven in our time. God Bless Mike & Betsy, you are loved , we are family no matter the distance we live apart. Colin is now an angel of God who will ALWAYS be looking out for you both. My sincerest, loving thoughts.

  10. Dear Mike and Betsy, I was stunned to hear of the passing of your son Colin. I can’t imagine the grief you’re experiencing right now. Know that you’re in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. Dear Betsy and Mike,
    My heart is broken to read this news, and I know that there but for the grace of God goes every parent and their beloved child! My love and prayers are with you.

  12. My deepest condolences to Michael and Betsy. I remember like it was yesturday, Colin spending time with us. He was a wonderful kid. The only 11 year old who stood over and felt like he was family. I was in shock and deeply saddened when i just found out. REST IN PEACE COLIN.

  13. Betsy and Mike,
    I am so sorry to hear that Colin has passed away. My heart goes out to you. Will keep you and your family in our prayers.
    Love, Bea (NAMI)

  14. Dear Betsy and Mike – We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Colin’s passing. We offer our heartfelt condolences and prayers. We hope that all the happy memories of Colin’s life will comfort you always. Love, Valerie & Gary

  15. Dear Betsy and Mike, sorry to hear about your son. May god bless and hold your hand during this most difficult time.

  16. Mike and Betsey,
    I am so sorry to hear of the passing of your son. Please know you are in my prayers and thoughts.