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Sept. 3, 1933 – June 16, 2014

Edmund Patrick McGrath, a former Buffalo police officer and Marine Corps veteran, died Monday in Buffalo. He was 80.

Mr. McGrath attended Lafayette High School and after graduation enrolled in the Marines. He served from 1951 to 1960 and completed a deployment in the Korean War.

His military background served him well when he decided to become a police officer. He ascended to the rank of lieutenant in the Buffalo Police Department. He was on the force for 23 years.

Mr. McGrath was an avid sportsman and traveler. He enjoyed softball, hunting and camping. He was a member of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church and its Holy Name Society.

In 2007, Mr. McGrath and his wife, the former Helen Speyer, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by renewing their marriage vows in Buffalo’s Blessed Trinity Church, where they were married June 15, 1957.

Survivors besides his wife include three sons, Michael, Kevin and Paul; two daughters, Susan Brown and Karen McGrath; five grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be offered at 9:30 a.m. Friday in Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, 5337 Genesee St., Bowmansville.