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James T. McGrath, retired mechanical engineer; July 17, 1926 -- April 24, 2011

James T. McGrath of Cheektowaga, a retired mechanical engineer and World War II Army veteran, died Sunday in Sisters Hospital. He was 84.

Born in Lowville, Mr. McGrath served during World War II with the 7th Armored Division. He was involved in liberating German prison camps and earned the Bronze Star.

He graduated from the University of Buffalo with a degree in mechanical engineering. Mr. McGrath was employed for many years with Birdair, a specialty contractor for long-span and custom tensile structures, and helped to install some of the world's first radome structures, including for the World's Fair in New York City in 1964 and in Japan in 1970. He retired in the late 1980s.

He was predeceased by his wife, the former Elizabeth Balling.

He is survived by four sons, James P., David, Michael and Brian; two daughters, Maureen and Anne Marie; and two sisters, Mary Stark and Peg Hart.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 10 a.m. today in St. Aloysius Gonzaga Catholic Church, 157 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga.

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