Sad news this week with the passing of Bob McGrath, known to generations of children for his work on “Sesame Street.”
Sesame Workshop posted the announcement to their Facebook Page, expressing their grief at the 90-year-old actor’s passing but also their celebration of a life that brought much joy.
McGrath was a founding member and beloved by the whole Sesame Street family for over 50 years.
“A founding cast member, Bob embodied the melodies of Sesame Street like no one else, and his performances brought joy and wonder to generations of children around the world, whether teaching them the ABCs, the people in their neighborhood, or the simple joy of feeling music in their hearts.”
“A revered performer worldwide, Bob’s rich tenor filled airwaves and concert halls from Las Vegas to Saskatchewan to Tokyo many times over. We will be forever grateful for his many years of passionate creative contributions to Sesame Street and honored that he shared so much of his life with us.”
According to People, McGrath was an Illinois native. He appeared in the pilot of Sesame Street in 1969. His final regular appearance was in 2017 in an episode titled “Having a Ball” although he did make another appearance on the show’s 2019 50th Anniversary episode.
“McGrath passed away ‘in his home in New Jersey on the morning of December 4th,’ McGrath’s daughter Cathlin confirmed to Fox News Digital. She said he died from complications after a stroke.
‘We met death the way our dad lived his life, singing with love in our hearts,’ she said. Cathlin McGrath said the family is thankful for all the ‘beautiful notes and emails’ they’ve been receiving.”
Cathlin reported that he is survived by his wife Ann as well as five children and eight grandchildren. He died at home, peacefully, and surrounded by the people he loved.
She also stated that the outpouring of love they’ve received is a “testament to the power of music and the arts!”
Indeed, to spend your days sharing music, lessons on kindness, and representing goodness in the world to generations of children is, indeed, a wonderful life.