Sgt. Rachel Reve McKay


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Marblehead - Sgt. Rachel Reve McKay, 23, of Marblehead, Mass., passed away unexpectedly on April 8, 2019, at the United States Army's Fort Gordon located in Augusta, Ga. Rachel's death remains under investigation by the United States Army.

Rachel had recently completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Jackson, in Columbia, S.C., graduating second in her Company within the 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment.

Upon graduation from Basic Combat Training, Rachel was assigned to Fort Benning near Columbus, Ga., to attend the United States Army's Officer Candidate School. Rachel was a proud, fit, respected and tireless soldier, and a sought after "battle buddy" by her fellow officer candidates in the highly selective program. She was dedicated to live by and embody the Army's core values: loyalty, duty, respect, selfless service, honor, integrity, and personal courage.

Prior to earning her appointment to Officer Candidate School, Rachel was an accomplished scholar and student-athlete. Rachel graduated from William Smith College in May 2018, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science.

At William Smith, Rachel played NCAA Division III athletics as a forward on the Women's Ice Hockey Team, and as a member of the Women's Golf Team. During her senior year at William Smith, Rachel earned the golf team's Most Valuable Player Award, and holds many individual scoring records in the college's golf program.

Prior to attending William Smith, Rachel graduated from Marblehead High School and, there too, was an elite and recognized athlete playing ice hockey, golf and softball. Rachel also played on elite national women's ice hockey teams, once traveling to a national championship in Dallas, Texas.

But, looking past her military, collegiate, and high school accomplishments, Rachel was best at being a sister, daughter and friend. She was a genuine and caring person with extra doses of empathy and admiration for the underdog, and was deeply rooted with a sense of fairness and selflessness. She will be missed more than words can express by the many people she touched during her far too short time with them.

Her extended family and friends are shattered with her having been taken from them too soon, and there will forever be an emptiness in their hearts for Rachel. But they will persevere and remember the light, happiness and joy that Rachel brought into their lives with her humor, friendship, genuineness, and candor.

Rachel leaves hundreds of heartbroken friends and family members. Rachel is survived by her parents, David and Deborah, and her loving sister Halle, and her faithful and cherished dog, Eddie, of Marblehead. Rachel is also survived by her maternal grandparents, Vincent and Esther Grimaldi, of New Hartford, N.Y.; her paternal grandparents, Edwin and Ruth McKay, of Rockport, Mass.; her aunt Kimmy Fortier, and her husband, Marc, of Hamilton, Mass.; her uncle Stuart McKay, and his wife, Ann, and their daughters Maddie and Samantha, of Marblehead, Mass.; her uncle Mark Grimaldi, and his wife Kristine, of Clinton, N.Y.; and many other countless relatives and friends across New England and beyond.

Visiting hours will be held at Eustis and Cornell of Marblehead, 142 Elm Street, on Wednesday, April 17, from 4 to 8 p.m. Funeral services for Rachel will be private. To share a memory or to offer a condolence please visit
Published on April 15, 2019
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Esther and Vincent Grimaldi (nonny and poppy)
Apr 22, 2019
You are in our hearts forever Rach. We love you so much and always will. Your memory will be with us forever..
Michael and Donna Meehan
Apr 21, 2019
Our sincere condolences to the McKay family. We remember Rachel as a spirited, friendly neighbor. Mike has memories of Rachel from Veteran's Middle School as a polite, serious student and a gifted young athlete. You are very much in our thoughts for your sad loss.
Jay Morris
Apr 18, 2019
Debbie, I am so truly sorry for your family's terrible loss. Please accept my sincere condolences.
Natalie Squillace
Apr 17, 2019
I am so saddened to hear about Rachel’s passing. I had the pleasure of getting to know her in collegiate golf tournaments these past 4 years. I speak for everyone on the St Lawrence team when I say what a wonderful person she was. Every tournament, we hoped to play against William Smith and especially, get paired with Rachel. She immediately made those playing with her feel comfortable and settled with her fun, energetic, and kind personality. I am grateful for the laughs we shared on the course and I am thinking and praying for the family during this difficult time.
Abbey Lariviere
Apr 17, 2019
My prayers and thoughts are with your family. ✝️🙏
GRACE DURHAMS' Aunt Missy & Aunt Jeanne Durham
Apr 15, 2019
Grace Loves you dearly, Rachel, and you will be with her FOREVER.