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Sean M. McGrory

On Thursday, September 24, 2020, Sean Michael McGrory, died by suicide at the age of 27.  Sean is survived by his parents, Connie and Gerald McGrory; his girlfriend, Kesh Soborun; his brothers and sisters, Patrick (Lauren), Laura (Chris), Liz, Brian, Lisa (Sean), John (Callie); thirteen nieces and nephews; aunts, uncles and cousins; and many friends.  Sean is predeceased by his grandparents, Mary & Malio Delle Donne and Elizabeth & James McGrory; and his nephew Wyatt McGrory.

Sean was born in Wilmington, DE, and almost started talking instantly, or at least it felt that way to his family!  He went to St Anthony of Padua Grade School, he graduated from Salesianum School in 2011, Wilmington University in 2015, and Western New England University School of Law in 2019 with a Juris Doctor.  He was also a member of the Hockessin Fire Company.

Sean was a wonderful son, brother, uncle and friend to many.  He was always smiling, laughing or talking, and most of the time, he was doing all three at once!  He had impeccable style, would often change his outfits three times a day, and had more pairs of shoes than the rest of the family combined.  If Sean wasn’t at the kitchen table, he was probably somewhere ironing his clothes.  Every event included multiple photos and postings, so he could show off his status as the favorite uncle.  Most of all, Sean will be remembered for his kind heart.  He was always asking about others, and he cherished our family gatherings and spending time with his friends.  He thrived in groups, but also loved Saturday mornings enjoying fresh donuts and coffee with his girlfriend Kesh.  While we may never fully understand the “why,” we will cherish our memories, and we will carry on Sean’s legacy of love and laughter.




Funeral Services

A viewing will be held at Chandler Funeral Home on Thursday, October 1st from 5PM-7PM, 7230 Lancaster Pike, Hockessin, DE 19707.  A funeral mass will be held on Friday, October 2nd at 11AM at St. Anthony of Padua Church, 901 N. DuPont St, Wilmington, DE 19805.  Burial will be at St. Patrick’s Cemetery,460 N. Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348 immediately following the mass.  In lieu of flowers donations may be sent in memory of Sean McGrory to St. Anthony of Padua Grade School, 1715 W 9th St, Wilmington, DE 19805.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions, please wear a mask.




    Jeannine Ciccarelli Caporaso lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Connie, Gerry and family, Please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your beautiful son and brother, Sean. May your wonderful memories of Sean and the love of your family surround you and give you strength and peace. With heartfelt sympathy, Jeannine Ciccarelli Caporaso
    09/28/2020 10:55 am
    Dawn & Joe Turk lit a candle and writes,
    We are deeply saddened to hear of Sean's passing and express our sincere sympathy. We remember Sean well during his time shared with our son Joe at both St. Anthony's and Salesianum. Our prayers are being said for all of you during this time and for Sean's eternal life in heaven. Dawn & Joe Turk
    09/28/2020 12:30 pm
    Katrina Jones lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest condolences to you all! Even though i have not seen sean in years, i know he still had that same spark he had as a child! His laughter was infectious his energy never ending and he sweet caring soul was always amazing! I will be keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. Love to all! Trina
    09/28/2020 02:11 pm
    Barbara Giacomelli lit a candle and writes,
    I am so sorry for your loss. I remember when Sean was a baby and Gerry and I shared an office at Graduate Hospital. Such a happy time. He was a special young man and I hope your memories of Sean bring you comfort.
    09/28/2020 05:04 pm
    Evelyn Heal writes,
    We are so very sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all of you. We hope that your fondest memories of Sean will bring you peace and comfort in the days to come. With Sincere Sympathy, Evelyn, Kevin & Courtney Heal
    09/28/2020 05:07 pm
    Kathy Potts lit a candle and writes,
    With deepest sympathy to the McGrory family. Sean was such a wonderful person. In kindergarten he was kind and loving. He was the type of student that any teacher would love to have had. I’m so sorry for your loss. You are all (Sean included) in my prayers. Kathy Potts
    09/28/2020 06:14 pm
    Joe dost lit a candle and writes,
    Connie and Jerry My prayers go out to you
    09/28/2020 07:30 pm
    Amber Rendina writes,
    Connie, Gerry, Liz and family My deepest condolences to you all, I was heartbroken to hear from Liz about Sean's passing. I can still remember that beautiful baby boy that I was obsessed with in grade school. Every time I came to your house, I just wanted to hold him and play with him. Liz didnt always love that. Sean accomplished so much in his short time here, I know your all very proud. Although it's so hard to accept, just know he loved and cherished you all. Anyone could see that. I am thinking and praying for you all, please let me know if you need anything xoxoxo
    09/28/2020 09:00 pm
    Todd writes,
    Gerry you have my deepest sympathies. You and your family are in my prayers.
    09/29/2020 05:41 am
    Angela DeLillio Galper writes,
    Connie and family, wishing you the love and support of family and friends. Even though our girlhood friends are scattered far and wide, we still have a place in each other’s hearts.
    09/29/2020 10:16 am
    Theresa Hughes lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Laura, Chris, Jason, Justin and Jenna, We are heartbroken by the loss of your brother/uncle. Please know that you and all of your family are in our prayers as you mourn Sean's passing. With deep sadness and sympathy, Dave, Theresa and Natalie Hughes
    09/29/2020 10:57 am
    Helen Jones writes,
    My deepest sympathy for your family and friends.
    09/29/2020 12:10 pm
    Mark Quinn writes,
    Please know that Sean and your family is in our prayers for comfort, peace, and strength.
    09/29/2020 12:57 pm
    Livia Casale writes,
    My condolences Connie and Family ❤
    09/29/2020 03:46 pm
    Anne Goldstein writes,
    I remember Sean from teaching him criminal law, first semester of his first year of law school. His family and loved ones have my deepest sympathy for their loss.
    09/29/2020 06:29 pm
    Joevonne Brace writes,
    To the family and Kesh I send my deepest condolences. Sean was the coolest person. He was smart, handsome and personable. I pray his soul is at peace. I pray his loved ones find comfort and a peace that surpasses all understanding. I am sorry Sean, my Alumni Brother from the Class of 2019 WNEU School of Law Sincerely Joevonne Brace
    09/29/2020 06:35 pm
    Linda Jacobi lit a candle and writes,
    Connie , Gerry and family, we are so very sorry for your loss. You have our heartfelt condolences and you are and will continue to be in our daily thoughts and prayers. Love, Linda, Michael, Caitlin, Alaina and Pete.
    09/29/2020 06:49 pm
    Matt Fricker lit a candle and writes,
    Gerry and family, I am deeply saddened by the loss of your son, Sean. I cannot imagine how you feel at thus time. I hope you can relive all of the great moments that you shared with Sean and I hope they can help you heal. Sincerely, Matt
    09/29/2020 07:56 pm
    Heather Collins writes,
    Dear McGrory Family, You don’t know me, and I did not know Sean, though we both work for the CT judicial branch. Please accept my deepest sympathies for the awful loss of your beautiful Sean, a Son, Brother, Uncle, Companion, Friend, Colleague. I have been reading the responses to Sean’s passing, from all of you, and I am so sorry I did not have a chance to know this kind, empathetic, smart, funny, lovely young man. I want you to know that I appreciate that you have been open about how Sean died: that the depression He suffered from, pulled him under, and are encouraging this conversation among all of us: to check in with each other, to let each other know that we are loved and valuable and our lives matter, because the world is less without people like Sean in. His memory is a blessing. Please accept my sympathies. Sincerely, Heather Collins.
    09/29/2020 08:51 pm
    Maddison writes,
    To the family of Sean McGrory, I send my love and prayers to you in this difficult time. Although I do not know you or Sean I would like you to know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. Losing a loved one is more than difficult, but I hope you know that he is in Gods hands, and looking above you all. Please remember to look after yourselves. Sean sounds like a beautiful man to have known and loved.
    09/30/2020 03:17 am
    Annmarie Pawlowicz writes,
    So very difficult for you and your family, Connie. No words for this, only prayers.
    09/30/2020 08:18 am
    Karen Weber writes,
    May you know peace during this time of sorrow. Although we do not know one another, the tragic ending of his life is heartbreaking. I have a sister who made suicide attempts and it is so hard to understand. Thank you for sharing Sean’s story. May it help others who are struggling with life. Peace, Karen Weber
    09/30/2020 08:56 am
    Myra Orlen writes,
    To Sean's family and friends - I send my deepest sympathies and condolences. I remember Sean from my classes at WNEU School of Law. May his memory be a blessing.
    09/30/2020 10:25 am
    Chris writes,
    To the Family and friends of Sean, I was so sorry to read about Sean’s passing. I never had the pleasure of meeting him, but I would like you to know that my heart and my prayers are with you. Please accept my sincere sympathy~
    09/30/2020 03:15 pm
    Christy lit a candle and writes,
    My deepest sympathies. Although I have not been blessed to have gotten to know Sean, I am also a law clerk with the CT judicial branch. The loss of such a beautiful man, who was much beloved and was so well respected, has truly been felt throughout the entire branch. As one who struggles daily with the illness and thoughts that took Sean from us, I was deeply sadden to learn that someone who has brought light to so many had lost his brave battle against this unfair illness. I am grateful for your openness in sharing Sean's story. His story has caused many within the courthouse where I work to check in with each other and be more kind. May Sean's story help others who are struggling to remember to always keep fighting. My prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
    09/30/2020 03:32 pm
    Valeria D'Andrea writes,
    My deepest condolences to the McGrory family. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers. It was a privilege knowing Sean. He was very amiable, funny and kind-hearted. We met in Theology class freshman year at Loyola and became acquainted with each other throughout the semester. Sophomore year we instantly became close as we lived in the same building. He would often visit my roommates and I where we shared many laughs, jokes and quality time together. I will forever cherish those moments in his company. Sean is greatly missed and will always be in our hearts. Until we meet again R.I.P
    10/01/2020 12:02 am
    Cathy DeMaio lit a candle and writes,
    Connie and Gerry, I was heartbroken to hear the sad news about the loss of your dear son. Words cannot express the depth of my sorrow. Please know you and your entire family are in my prayers and heart. It is my hope that all your happy memories bring you comfort. May the choirs of angels, come to greet him. May they speed him to Paradise. May the Lord enfold him in His mercy. May he find eternal life. Love, Cathy
    10/01/2020 10:58 am
    Richard E Sund lit a candle and writes,
    Dear Family of Sean McGrory.I write as a fellow Salesianum Grad, ( class of 1972 ) and as a now retired BSN Psychiatric Crisis Nurse of 30 years. God bless your son,and God bless you for having the true courage to publicly list Sean's cause of death. Suicide is a tragic mystery, but making it public is a way for this culture to change and admit its increase. My deepest sympathy, and my prayers. Tenui Nec Dimittam, Sean. We love you brother. Jesus has welcomed you ! ❤ Richard Sund BA,BSN,RN ( Ret.).
    10/01/2020 07:01 pm
    Donna Warriner lit a candle and writes,
    My sincerest and deepest heartfelt sympathy goes out to the entire McGrory family. Praying for you to be given the strength to get through every hard day that lies ahead. Sending my love to you all ❤️ 🙏
    10/01/2020 07:21 pm
    Laura Poppiti writes,
    You couldn't help but love Sean from the moment you met him. A genuine, warm and generous man with a infectious smile. He was so kind to my teenage son, a fellow Sals alum. My family and I will always remember Sean's sweet soul. My heart breaks for his loved ones. Sean was special.
    10/02/2020 10:21 am
    Chris M lit a candle and writes,
    Sean was entering law school as I was leaving. Smart, personable, and disarmingly relaxed, his was a career I was excited to watch unfold. For the year we were in school together, I always looked forward to seeing Sean’s smilIng face in the library where he would happily procrastinate alongside me, lightheartedly delaying the inevitable for just a bit longer. I hope you find peace, brother.
    10/02/2020 01:29 pm
    Anthony P. Farber writes,
    Sean, You were such an amazing person to be around. Always lifted everyone’s spirit and put a smile on our faces. I will forever cherish the good memories we made. You will always be an "Every Day Bro." With all my love, Anthony P. Farber
    10/02/2020 02:16 pm
    Kathleen adams lit a candle and writes,
    Connie I am so sorry for your lost. I will pray for you and your family.
    10/04/2020 06:26 pm
    Dale Weires writes,
    Dear Gerry and Family, I am so sorry for your loss, Years ago I coached Sean when he played hockey on the Ducks. He was the positive energy on our team and he made a lasting impression on me. I will keep Sean and his smile in my heart.
    10/05/2020 09:46 pm
    Seyda & Selina lit a candle and writes,
    The message of Sean passing has left us with great sadness. Our condolences to the family and friends. We will remember Sean as a person with a great attitude , a genuine smile and an outgoing nature. We will keep the memories we shared with him during his time in Germany in our hearts. Rest in Peace , dear Sean <3
    10/06/2020 06:32 pm
    Thomas Delle Donne lit a candle and writes,
    Connie and Gerald: I was so saddened to learn of Sean's passing. I recall coaching Sean when he played basketball with my nephew at St. Anthony's. He was such a fine, nice and smart young man. I was out of town and unable to attend the viewing, but my Mother was able to do so. I am praying for all of you and Sean, and may God Bless you during this very difficult time.
    10/08/2020 02:09 pm

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