In Loving Memory of John J. McGraw
John J. McGrawDunmore, PA December 19, 1922 ~ February 24, 2015 Date of Service: February 28, 2015
John J. McGraw “Jack”, 92, Dunmore, died Tuesday morning at home. He and his wife, the former Marian Judge, celebrated 68 years of marriage on October 4th.
Born in Dunmore, he was the son of the late Michael P. and Nellie O’Boyle McGraw. Jack was a graduate of Dunmore High School and attended the University of Scranton. He served honorably in the U.S. Navy during WWII in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theater of Operations. He served aboard a tanker in the Atlantic and the PC1124 in the Pacific. He was wounded on 11/24/44 and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service. In addition, he was awarded the European Theater of Operation Ribbon, Asiatic-Pacific Ribbon, Philippine Liberation Ribbon, and Victory Medal. Jack was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish in Dunmore and a lifetime member of both the V.F.W. McHugh-Bushweller Post #3474 in Dunmore and the Disabled American Veterans. He was also a proud member of the Navy Memorial in Washington, DC. Jack was a member of the Moosic Lakes Association for over 60 years. Before retiring he worked as the Executive Director of the Lackawanna County Redevelopment Authority and prior to that had owned and operated McGraw’s Service Station on Blakely Street in Dunmore. Earlier in his career he worked for both the IRS in Scranton and the VA Medical Center in Wilkes-Barre.
Jack was the source of so many smiles. He loved his wife and his family and would do anything for them. Some of his happiest moments were spent with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He was a devoted Penn State and Notre Dame fan. Jack’s joy and love of life were always evident and he had the ability to make everyone feel welcome and appreciated with his kind and gentle nature. Many of his happiest days were spent at his cottage at Moosic Lakes surrounded by family, and those he considered family, while enjoying the place he considered the closest thing to heaven.
Also surviving are a daughter, Kathy Clarke and her husband Kevin, Dunmore, a brother, James McGraw and his wife Jackie, Dunmore, four granddaughters, Bridget Walsh and her husband Nicholas, Philadelphia, Colleen Keller and her husband William, Annapolis, MD, Erin Savesky and her husband Justin, Haddonfield, NJ, and Cecelia Hemelt and her husband Ronald, Mandeville, LA, six great grandchildren, Marion and Caitlin Walsh, Liam Keller, Trip, Adeline, and Nicholas Hemelt, and numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by three of his brothers, Michael “Joe” McGraw, Frank McGraw, and Paul McGraw.
The family would like to thank Jack’s doctors, Dr. Mary Ann McDonald and Dr. David Fitzpatrick.
The funeral will be Saturday from the Carlucci-Golden-DeSantis Funeral Home, Inc. 318 East Drinker Street in Dunmore with Mass of Christian Burial at 11am in St. Mary of Mount Carmel Church, Chestnut Street in Dunmore. Interment in Dunmore Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart or Penn Medicine for Heart Disease Research, University of Pennsylvania, c/o Jessie McCulley, 3535 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.
Friends may call Friday from 4-7pm