Daily Hampshire Gazette: A Father-Daughter Bond That Ended Far Too Soon:
Wednesday morning at 10, people who loved Edward Daniel McGrath Jr. and his daughter, Brittany Danielle McGrath, gather in Northampton to attempt what must seem impossible: Accept that this doting dad and loving child, joined for a late-summer motorcycle ride and both in love with partners who appreciated their unique ways, died because a driver addled by heroin allegedly nodded off and crossed the center line. ...
James Walter Ainsworth ... will face two counts of felony motor vehicle homicide under the influence of drugs, as well as operating to endanger, possession of heroin and driving with a suspended license. Police say Ainsworth climbed into a potentially lethal weapon, an SUV, and allowed it to collide with innocent people.
According to an Easthampton police report, witnesses at the scene said Ainsworth climbed out of the SUV and looked passively at the wrecked motorcycle. He lit a cigarette. A witness reported seeing Ainsworth slumped minutes before against the driver’s side window, apparently asleep. He was heard to say at the scene, “The curb woke me up.” ...
Ed and Brittany liked to ride together, her obituary said. It was part of their bond. She was about to take a job with a British law firm, having just graduated magna cum laude from Brooklyn Law School, following years in New York City studying at Fordham University. Their Thursday afternoon ride north toward Northampton was surely a joyous reunion.
Obituary, Brittany McGrath (1985-2014):
After graduating from Fordham with honors and awards she went on to work for the Manhattan District Attorney's office as a trial prep assistant. Her experience working at the DA's office deepened her desire to pursue social justice, so she pursued an education in law, continuing studies at Brooklyn Law School. While at Brooklyn Law she continued leading her Moot Court team to multiple international victories, including at Oxford University. Continuously on the Dean's list she was a member of the Law Review and was sought after by many professors to assist in legal research. Just three short months ago, she graduated magna cum laude from BLS, and had accepted a position at an international British law firm, Allen and Overy. She would have started on September 15th volunteered for the coalition of the homeless, was a member of the board of directors for the Harlem Youth Baseball Organization, and was a fierce advocate for as a junior associate. She children and animal rights, both adopting and placing many homeless animals. She had a magical connection with everyone she met, and will forever be missed. ...
Brittany is survived by her mother, Iris McGrath, best friend and sister Chelsea McGrath, and her partner and love of her life, Juan Reinoso, and their household: dogs Valencia, Mocha, Nala, Smokey, and cats Tuxedo, Misu, and Lolita.
Services will be Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. at Ahearn Funeral Home at 783 Bridge Road in Northampton. Flowers can be sent to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Louie's Legacy Animal Rescue.