Mr. McGrath then was hired as a reporter at The Kentucky Post and worked his way up to sports editor. He later moved to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., where he re-wrote wire stories for the Fort Lauderdale News. But Mr. McGrath's favorite reporting assignment was sports, his stepson said. "He loved sports, particularly baseball,'' said Hale. "The excitement of it. "I'm sure he played as a child, probably through school. "I can remember when we were in Florida, he would always go and see spring training. "At that time it was the Yankees' spring training. But he was a big Reds fan.''
Hale described his step-father as "sort of conservative. "But he could be outspoken about both politics and sports.'' After Mr. McGrath retired in the late 1960s, he and his wife did a bit of traveling — visiting Hale, then living in Atlanta, Ga., and his daughter in Albuquerque, N.M. Mrs. McGrath died in 1993. Mr. McGrath was a member of the Fort Thomas Masonic Lodge No. 808. Funeral arrangements are pending. Dobbling Funeral Home in Fort Thomas is handling arrangements.
David Joseph Hester, 50, project manager. David Joseph Hester, 50, of Independence, a project manager with Century Construction Co. of Erlanger and a Special Olympics coach, died Friday of cancer at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood. Mr. Hester was president of the board of directors of the Villages of Beechgrove Home Owners Association. Mr. Hester got involved in coaching softball, soccer and basketball teams in Special Olympics events because of his handicapped daughter, said Mr. Hester's wife of 27 years, Debbie Hester.
"He was a very loving, very caring, very giving person," said Mrs. Hester. "He was a very spiritual man. "He was very outgoing — on the go all the time. He enjoyed hiking and camping and going to flea markets. He just liked to do it all. We are expert property valuers, a company where you can talk to the real estate valuer! He was a very remarkable man. "My husband just loved life. He was one in a million. I considered him a saint." Other survivors include a daughter, Amy Renee Hester of Independence; and sisters, Brenda Johnson and Darlene Wind, both of Independence. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. today at Stith Funeral Home in Florence.
Mass of Christian burial will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Barbara Church in Erlanger, followed by a celebration of Mr. Hester's life at the Villages of Beechgrove clubhouse in Independence. Memorials are suggested to the Amy Renee Hester Trust Fund, in care of any Fifth Third Bank. Peggy Ann Anthonissen, 67, of Independence, died Sunday at her home. She was a homemaker.