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Larry Martin McGrath

1940 ~ 2023 (age 83) 83 Years Old

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LARRY MARTIN MCGRATH

KINDERSLEY – Larry M. McGrath died peacefully August 20th, 2023 at Heritage Manor surrounded by family, after a short battle with cancer. He was born June 14th, 1940, in Dodsland Hospital, the son of Edgar and Margaret (Darcy) McGrath. 

Larry quit school at the age of 15 to run and grow the McGrath family farm. Larry truly loved everything about farming and living on the farm, taking great pride in his “weedless” fields and his laser straight furrows.

Larry met his beloved wife, Agnes (nee Heit), while she was working at the Dodsland Hospital. They were married May 24th, 1960 in Tramping Lake. Larry and Agnes raised their three sons, Grant, Daryl and Scott on the grain farm south of Dodsland. He and Agnes cherished the many family gatherings at the farm. Larry was a dedicated and supportive family man who was loved and will be missed.

Larry had a great love of sports both as a fan and player. He played fastball in the summer and his true passion, curling in the winter. Curling was a large part of who Larry was. His hours of practice led him to be on teams that won the Edmonton Car Spiel three times, three Canadian Mixed championship titles (’67, ’68, ’71) and a trip to the 1974 Brier in London, Ontario where his team finished runners-up. At that Brier, Larry was awarded the prestigious Ross Hartstone Sportsmanship Award, an award voted on by the players. His Canadian Mixed teams were inducted into both the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.  More than his accomplishments on the ice, his gentlemanly good nature had given him the fortune of having made many friends across the country. During one of the many Briers Larry and Agnes attended a curling pin collector approached Larry with a handful of the Competitor pins and “Larry you should get into collecting Curling pins.” It became a passion for Larry, with his collection of pins being displayed at many Briers.

Larry will be remembered as a very social person, always ready for a chat with a neighbor along the road, in front of the post office in Dodsland or in the countless curling rinks across the country. Larry amazed his family at his ability to remember names and events from the years gone by. He was a great story teller. We heard his stories countless times, with the stories getting better every time he told them.

Larry accomplished much in his lifetime, but those that new him best will remember Larry as a modest and humble man.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his brother Dan. Larry is serviced by his beloved wife  Agnes, of 63 years. His sons Grant (Lisa) of Saskatoon, Daryl (Kelly) of Kindersley, and Scott (Chantelle Miller) of Kindersley. Larry’s legacy will live on in his seven grandchildren: Maeghan (Devin) Dubois, Morgan McGrath, Jolene (Andrew) Bailey, Regan (Kirstie) McGrath, Tyler (Rachelle) McGrath, Dayna McGrath, DJay McGrath, Dallas McGrath, and Joel McGrath, as well as his cherished eight great-grandchildren: Hudson, Hugo, Hazel, Theo, June, Beaumont, Rylen and Jaden. Larry’s memory will live on with his brother Wayne (Jeanne) McGrath and sister Carole (Rick) England.

There was a Memorial Service held for Larry on Wednesday, August 30th, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. from St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Kindersley, SK with Father John Abban-Bonsu as Celebrant.  

Larry’s ashes are laid to rest in the Dodsland Cemetery.

For those wishing to donate in Larry’s memory may do so to “Dodsland Minor Sports”, c/o Village of Dodsland, Box 400, Dodsland, SK  S0L 0V0.

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Services

Memorial Service
Wednesday
August 30, 2023

11:00 AM
St. Joseph's Catholic Church
600 4th Ave West
Kindersley, SK S0L 1S0

Donations

Dodsland Minor Sports C/O Village of Dodsland
Box 400, Dodsland SK S0L 0V0

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