Anthony C. McGettrick

October 31, 1939 - February 8, 2023
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As a child in Belfast, Anthony survived the Luftwaffe blitz to move to South Texas, following in the geographical footsteps of his legendary elder brother, the late Monsignor Thomas P. “Father Tom” McGettrick in 1966. He later graduated from the University of Texas School of Law, marrying a fellow Longhorn, with whom he then raised 3 kids in Laredo, where he served as erstwhile City Attorney, Assistant City Attorney, and in private practice – becoming, in the process, one of the most unique Laredoans of all time.

He retired from the City Attorney’s office in 2009, and thereafter enjoyed a retirement spent in his favorite activities; most notably, the voracious consumption of books, magazines, and newspapers, and this often accompanied by a steak, or by the best Mexican cuisine (for which Laredo is most famous) and a cigar or two. All of this, of course, when not hanging out with his 7 grandkids.

Anthony was preceded into the hereafter by his son, Michael Broderick McGettrick, and by 5 of his fifteen siblings.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Ruth McGettrick (nee DeLeon), daughter Monica Walters and son-in-law Jacob Walters of Laredo, son Daniel McGettrick and daughter-in-law Denise McGettrick of Houston; as well as by grandchildren Emily McGettrick and Carmen McGettrick of Corpus Christi, Maeve and Olivia Walters of Laredo, and Patrick, Beatrice and Dominic McGettrick of Houston. Furthermore, Anthony is survived by his little brother Malachy McGettrick and his wife Margaret, of Buda, and their family, as well as his ever-supportive sister-in-law, Rachel Blasczynski of Corpus Christi.

Funeral services will be held privately; but condolences would be gladly received at the following e-mail address:  In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent in Anthony’s name to the ACLU at

Funeral arrangements are by Fred Dickey Funeral & Cremation Services, 1320 Trey Dr., Laredo, Texas 78041 (956) 723-3611. For your convenience, you may leave your condolences to the family online at

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Born: October 31, 1939
Died: February 8, 2023

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Gabriella Marshall posted on 2/21/23

We send our prayers and support to Daniel, and all of the rest of the McGettrick family on the passing of his father. With much love, the TASIU board and chapter


Stan Green posted on 2/20/23

I was glad to be a friend of Tony’s back in the 1970s, and of his brother father Tom also. Godspeed Tony, good family. Stan Green


Eddie & Anna Davila posted on 2/14/23

Our sincerest condolences to the McGettrick family on the passing of your beloved husband and father. As a longtime neighbor we will greatly miss his smiling face. We are grateful to have had him as a neighbor and friend. We will keep the family in our prayers.?✝️


Edward and Anna Davila posted on 2/14/23

My sincerest condolences on the passing of your beloved husband and father. We will miss him in our neighborhood but are grateful for the time that we knew him. Please know that we are here for you and you will be in our prayers.?✝️


Mari Castillon posted on 2/13/23

Dearest McGettrick Family, Please accept our most sincere condolences on the passing of your husband and father. We have very fond memories of Mr. McGettrick and your whole family when we were your neighbors on Idaho St. May God grant you peace and comfort during this time of sorrow. Sincerely, Mari and Robbie Castillon


Joe Flores posted on 2/11/23

Our deepest condolences to you and your entire family, Dan. May he Rest In Peace. Joe & Erica Flores


Roxanne Lugo posted on 2/11/23

Mr. McGettrick, now is the time to be with our Lord Savior. Leave all earthly worries behind as for everything hasth changed. Your family will mourn your passing and you just need to rest, be restored by our Father and in his name regain yourself at the fullest healthiest you ever were. Until we meet again, I will be watching over your grandbabies


Roxanne Lugo posted on 2/11/23

Our condolences from Travis Werner and Roxanne Lugo and the McGettrick girls Emily and Carmen. He will be dearly missed.