David William McGrattan, 73, of Johnstown, N.Y., passed away peacefully in his home Friday, Nov. 1, 2013, with his family and his ever-present, loving wife Carol nearby. David died after a long-fought and courageous battle with a lung and heart condition. He gently passed on All Saints Day, while overlooking the beautiful Mohawk Valley. Dave passes on a legacy of wisdom, generosity, laughter and love of family to all who were fortunate enough to know him.
Dave was born Feb. 1, 1940, in Gloversville, N.Y., to the late William A. McGrattan and Olive E. Oaksford. He was a graduate of Gloversville High School in 1958. While there he played team sports and forged many lifelong friendships. He served in the United States Navy from 1959 to 1962 as a hospital corpsman and pharmacy technician. After his military service, he attended Siena College in Loudonville, N.Y. With a tireless work ethic, he began his remarkable career in banking starting as a teller at Rockland National Bank and rising through the ranks in the banking industry to end his career as senior vice president at City National Bank in Gloversville where he retired in 2002. To this day, many local small business owners credit David with helping them start or grow their businesses.
On November 24, 1962, he married Carol Anne Brownell at the North Main Methodist Church in Gloversville. Carol was his life-long companion for 51 years. His love and dedication to Carol and his family was a constant force. His greatest joy was spending time with his family and two sons, Stephen Arnold McGrattan and Brian David McGrattan. Throughout their lives, he would spend countless hours coaching Little League, sleeping in Boy Scout tents and even donning skis for their benefit. Dave was a warm, convivial addition to any gathering, telling stories and lending his infectious laugh to the room.
Dave was a tireless community volunteer, sitting on many boards and organizations. He deeply valued the Johnstown and Gloversville region and proudly worked closely with economic development and other civic organizations to create opportunity for people residing there. He served as the president of the Johnstown Chamber of Commerce, was a board member for the Johnstown Hospital Association, served on the Johnstown Economic Development Corporation, Johnstown Lions Club, and served on the Johnstown YMCA Board of Directors. He was the director of the Fulton County Chamber of Commerce, and campaign chairman for the United Way of Johnstown and Fulton County. Dave was a past master of St. Patrick's Lodge No. 4 Free and Accepted Masons in Johnstown, N.Y., sometimes with his son, Stephen at his side. He was a member of many concordant bodies of the Masonic Fraternity including earning the Knight York Cross of Honor.
Dave also was very involved with Shriners International. For years, one could see Dave driving miniature cars in parades, raising money to benefit their Children's Hospitals. He was an active member of St. John's Episcopal Church serving as a Eucharistic Minister and celebrated many life events there. He also was a boastful Boston Red Sox fan, and died knowing they won the World Series.
His two children and their wives, Stephen and Cheryl McGrattan of Tribes Hill and Brian and Vicky McGrattan of Phelps, survive him. One grandchild, Rory McGrattan, also survives him along with two stepgrandchildren, Zachary and Garrett Austin and two stepgreat-grandchildren, Zachary and Ryan Austin. His lap was Rory's favorite place as they told stories and watched TV together. He leaves numerous friends behind, many of which he had for decades. He has many cherished nieces and nephews, and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.
Calling hours will be held Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at the Ehle Funeral Home, Johnstown, N.Y., from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. A Masonic Ritual will be held prior to calling hours at 4:45 p.m. A Service of Resurrection and a celebration of his life will be held Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013, at 10 a.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church in Johnstown, N.Y. Interment will be in Maple Avenue Cemetery, Fultonville, N.Y.
In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting donations be made to St. John's Episcopal Church, Shriners International or Mountain Valley Hospice.
The family would like to thank the many physicians, providers, medical staff and hospice workers who treated him such dignity and care.