Simone B. (Esnault) McGrath

February 8, 2018

Simone B. (Esnault) McGrath

Simone B. (Esnault) McGrath – of Woburn, February 8th,2018 at ninety – nine years of age. Beloved wife of the late Michael J. McGrath. Devoted mother of John McGrath, his wife Mary of Hudson, Joel McGrath, his wife Judy of AZ. Dear sister of the late Albert “Bebere” Esnault. Loving grandmother of Michael, James, Melanie and Kevin. A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 17th at Noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours from 10-12 a.m., prior to the Funeral. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

OBITUARY

Simone B. (Esnault) McGrath , 99, a resident of Woburn, died peacefully, Thursday, February 8th,2018 at the Marlboro Hills Nursing Center in Marlboro, a month shy of her one-hundredth birthday. She was the beloved wife of the late Michael J. McGrath.

Born in Paris, France, Simone was a daughter of the late Albert and Emily Esnault. Simone was raised in Paris and a graduate of the Lycee. She was a tremendous athlete and runner and was once a champion of the 800 meter race in France. During the Liberation of Paris, which was a military action that took place during World War II, Simone met her future husband, Michael on a blind date. After falling in love, she immigrated with him to the United States where she has resided since 1946.

For many years, Simone worked as an electronics technician for Sylvania Electronics. While working there, she started a corporate Women’s Basketball league that still exists today.

Simone was never a woman who sat still. She remained active well into recent years and enjoyed taking walks and vacuuming her house. She was proud of her French heritage and enjoyed singing and speaking in French. She was lifetime member of the Woburn YMCA, having been going there for over 60 years and also volunteered for the Boston Marathon numerous times. For several years she represented the state of Massachusetts in the US Senior Olympics as a race walker, having won a few times.

Simone was the devoted mother of John McGrath, his wife Mary of Hudson, Joel McGrath, his wife Judy of AZ. Loving grandmother of Michael, James, Melanie and Kevin.

Sadly, in addition to her husband Michael and her parents Albert and Emily, she was predeceased by her brother Albert “Bebere” Esnault.

A Funeral Service will be held in the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn on Saturday, February 17th at Noon. Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to Calling Hours from 10-12 a.m., prior to the Funeral. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. I am so sorry to hear of Simone’s passing. A few of us from the North Medford Running Club were planning a trip to see her at New Horizon’s for her 100Th Birthday. Just saw the notice & respectfully we are sad and wish we would have known as we would have attended her service. I first meet in 1992 as I joined the NMC. She was such so active in the club/meetings at her house, Lake Winnie Relay and many many years of volunteering with the NMC. I will miss her conversations about her favorite members and always asking about how the NMC is doing. Her and John Robertson(who just passed 2/7)they can share stories together. My condolences to the family. She was such a special person to me and many of the old timers of the NMC. Rest in Peace Simone.

  2. Simone was the first person to introduce herself to me when I moved in to my condo next door. We enjoyed many times visiting with friends and family. She loved reminiscing about her worldwide travels and growing up in Paris. She loved life and will always live on in my heart.
    Barbara Stima, Woburn

  3. I will always remember Simone coming next door and having a great time with my family. She will always be remembered for the laughs and joy she always shared with me. My thoughts and prayers are with the McGrath family during this time.

    Gayle Connors

  4. Simone and my mother Yvonne grew up together in Paris. They both came here after the war. My best memories since I was a little girl when we went camping she loved camping and when she took me and Joel to Italy we did more laughing. She was like a mother to me. I will miss her dearly. Love Madeleine

  5. The Woburn Senior Center benefited from Simone’s volunteer work. Always a dedicated volunteer, Simone will certainly be missed by her many friends at the Senior Center.
    With Sympathy to family members,
    Judy Tanner

  6. Simone and my mother Yvonne grew up together in Paris. My best memories since I was a little girl when she would take me camping and when she took me and Joel to Italy we did more laughing she was like a second mother to me I will miss her dearly R.I.P. ….Madeleine

  7. Simone was our friend while we lived in Woburn in the 1970’s. She was the French Ambassador for all the French bakers of Vie De France. She loved the US but had a great nostalgia for France. She loved to work out at the YMCA and used to be a marathon runner. She loved to party and always invited us to go to the Knights of Columbus for dancing and celebration. Her favorite drink was Grand Marnier liqueur. Many great memories and we will miss her. Gizelle and Roland Petit

  8. Simone yelled at me the first time I met her at the Woburn Y. After that, we became great friends and eventually travelling companions. Together, we went to China, Japan, Morocco and much more.She also introduced me to many of her French friends and what a time we had. Simone attended my wedding, as well as my twins’B’not Mitzvah.I love her dearly and will always cherish our time together. Lynn Kopins Shriber

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