Sad news for the industry

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07/22/2008
Some very sad news came across the wire today: Industry Veteran Mike McGrath Loses Battle with Cancer Security industry veteran Mike McGrath passed away on July 5 at the age of 66, following a long battle with cancer. When Mike arrived in the United States 16 years ago, he brought with him two decades of experience in the security industry in England. As the marketing director for Central One Monitoring, he quickly became a familiar face in the industry, and was often quoted in industry publications on topics including trends in new technologies and the business of central station monitoring. Following Central One's acquisition by COPS Monitoring in June 2006, Mike was asked to remain with the company in order to provide the expertise and experience necessary to expand COPS' market in Florida. "Mike was not only a knowledgeable leader in the alarm industry, but a colleague and a friend as well. His presence will be missed," said Jim McMullen, president of COPS Monitoring. "Our thoughts and prayers are with Mike's family in this difficult time." Mike is survived by his wife of 40 years, Diane McGrath, a son, Perry McGrath, and four granddaughters who live in Ireland. Memorial contributions may be made in Mike's name to: Hospice by the Sea, 1531 West Palmetto Park Road, Boca Raton, Florida 33486. When I was first hired here to edit Security Systems News, our publisher, then Tom Curry who was also new, decided we needed to meet the industry as quickly as possible, so he set up this crazy trip with the help of our salespeople here, that took us from DSC in Toronto to Central One (which had just been bought by Devcon, at the time) to HID in Irvine to Pelco in San Jose, all in the span of three days. It was a brutal trip, though very instructive. Partly because of Mike McGrath, who met with us at Central One. He was a soccer fan, had a thick and fun Irish accent, and was very laissez faire about his predicament, having just been acquired. I think he said he'd been part of 15 acquisitions in his lifetime, and he hadn't been laid off yet. Something about that seems like a ringing endorsement. I didn't know Mike well, but I knew him enough to know that a lot of people must have loved him very much and I'm sorry to hear about his passing. You can find quotes from him here that give you an idea of his outlook on things: COPS buys Central One from Devcon