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Alison McGrath

Alison Jane McGrath

July 12, 1954 - November 16, 2020
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Obituary

On Monday, November 16, 2020, Alison Jane McGrath, loving sister, aunt, and friend passed away at the age of 66. Alison’s personality was larger than life and she was the best storyteller. Alison was full of a lot of things, but especially love, laughter, and fun. Alison never went small in any aspect of her life. She always showed up for the people she loved most.

Born on July 12, 1954 in Waltham, Massachusetts, she was the daughter of the late Paul and Anne McGrath. Alison was a life-long Chelmsford resident and cherished the friendships of her friends in town. Whether it was traveling the globe, golf league on Wednesdays or hosting a magical Alison dinner party, she loved to be surrounded by her friends. Alison was the owner of The Remington Group Travel agency for over 30 years and spent many years volunteering at the ARC - a center for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Alison created experiences for everyone around her, especially her nieces and nephews. Whether it was a 10th birthday limo ride to McDonalds, the most spectacular “fufu lala” or “Bomfy Bomf” dress she spotted in Lord & Taylor or showing up to various sporting events to give her loudest Alison voice, she made magical moments for all of us. Alison loved to travel, but her most favorite times were spent with her family at Lake Winnipesaukee, Cape Cod and the famous boat trips she shared with her brother Paul, cousin Kevin and best friend Jan. Some of her most favorite last memories were spent with her friend Robert who took such wonderful care of her.

Alison is survived by her brother, Paul, and his wife Susan of Chatham, MA, her sister, Ellen Walsh, and her husband Jack of Ashland, MA, her niece, Kellee Senic, and her husband Boris of Walpole, MA, and her nephews, Kevin Walsh, and his wife Marianne of Dennis, MA, and Timothy Walsh, and his partner Chris of Dorchester, MA. She was the Fairy Godmother Aunt Alison to her great nieces and nephew, Maggie, Lexie and Matty Senic and godmother to two guys that truly meant the world to her, Andrew and Jeff Doyle. Alison is also survived by her best friend, confidant and soul sister, Mary Jo Saulis. Alison will also be forever remembered by her numerous cousins and friends who were family. Alison loved her dog Corky and was predeceased by her beloved dog Kelsea.

Graveside Services will be held on Saturday, November 21, 2020 at 11:00AM at Pine Ridge Cemetery, Chelmsford. In lieu of flower please consider donations in Alison’s name to The ARC: https://donate.thearc.org/give.
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Service Details

  • Graveside Service

    November 21, 2020 | 11:00am
    When
    November 21, 2020 11:00am
    Location
    Pine Ridge Cemetery
    Address
    130 Billerica Road
    CHELMSFORD, MA 01824
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Fr. Brian Mahoney

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Roseanne Galvin

Posted at 10:42am
Dearest Alison,
You were a "One in a Million" girlfriend that I treasured. I feel blessed and fortunate to have been in your circle of girlfriends these last 40 years. The memories, the laughter, the love, the golf and the fun will be forever with me and you will be deeply missed. Your spirit, enthusiasm and zest for life was infectious and you were one of the hardest workers I know. I am happy that we had lunch a few weeks back while sporting your new figure and excited over your new wardrobe. I have so many things to tell you and talk about but I will hold off and instead one day when it is my turn to depart I will be seeing you and we can laugh and reminisce over all of the fun times together.
To Paul, Maryellen, Kellee, Maryjo and your families Sending my love, prayers and condolences to you over your extraordinary loss. May Alison's sprit shine brightly into your hearts and homes each and every day. God Bless you all...
To Kellee ( did I get the spelling right?)... Just a little note to let you know what a wonderful job you did speaking at the cemetery. Your eulogy, words, sentiments, stories, memories and love was absolutely beautiful and well said. Thank you for sharing all of it with all of us. Al talked about you amongst her friends so often with such love and pride. You were both blessed to have one another....
I Love you Alison McGrath. RIP dear friend. XOXOXO
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Bob Lajoie

Posted at 05:16pm
My sincere condolences upon hearing of Alison's passing. May she rest in peace.
JZ

jane zulkiewicz

Posted at 03:28pm
To all family and friends of Alison, my sincere condolences to you all for your loss of an amazing person. Alison sure had a zest for life and the way she shared it with you all was precious. May god bless you all to cope with your loss. Jane Zulkiewicz
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Jim Doyle

Posted at 01:38pm
Paul, Ellen, and Family. We were so saddened to hear of Alison's sudden passing, and our thoughts are with you all at this difficult time. Alison was truly the definition of a larger than life character. The hostess with the mostest, the life of the party, and generous to a fault. We will miss seeing her at the holidays and our family get togethers. And we will never forget the love she had for our nephews, they truly shared a special bond. Rest in Peace Alison.
Jim & Nancy Doyle
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James Hickey

Posted at 08:16am
To everyone who knew and loved Alison, we all share in this deep sadness we feel at her loss. Please remember Alison's unbridled zest for life, her ever present smile, infectious laugh and her engaging approach to everyone that made us ALL feel welcome in her world.
Peace to you Alison and please know that we will keep you in our hearts.
Jim Hickey
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