Dolores A. McGrath, “Dodie,” died May 17, 2024, at the age of 91 at Yale New Haven Hospital after being stricken at home.

Dodie McgrathShe was born December 9, 1932, in Willimantic, Conn., to Josephine and James Podmore. She married Charles “Chuck” McGrath in 1952 and they resided in Westbrook where they raised six children. She loved living near West Beach and was swimming and sunning there until age 90.

Dodie was an avid volunteer, serving as an EMT with the Westbrook Ambulance Association and working at the polls for every election, among other things. In September 2023 she was honored at an awards dinner hosted by the Westbrook Democrats and was presented with the Sen. Eileen Daily Award for community service.

Dodie was fife sergeant and served as secretary for the Westbrook Drum Corps, and contact person for the Westbrook Muster, her most beloved event. She became the Delegate for the Company of Fifers and Drummers. Dodie loved her “drum corps family” and was widely known. Many say she is a legend in the fife and drum community.

Dodie enjoyed traveling. It started with family camping trips including an annual week on Cape Cod. She traveled extensively with the fife and drum corps and with Chuck and others. She especially loved Ireland, where they could visit the McGrath relatives. She was recently delighted to be reconnected via Zoom with her father’s Ukrainian-born family, now living in Sweden.

Surviving her are her children, John McGrath, Kate and husband Karl McGrath-Townsend, Bill and wife Laurie McGrath, Joseph McGrath, and Peggy McGrath. She also leaves her grandchildren, Megan, Courtney, Danielle, and Colin, and their spouses; and seven great grandchildren; her nieces and nephews; and her many McGrath family in-laws.

Dodie is predeceased by her husband, Chuck; her son Tim; her siblings, Patricia Gambino, Diana Perry, and James Podmore Jr.; and her son-in-law Tony Amenta.

In keeping with her wishes, there will be no formal services. A memorial gathering will be held at a later date.