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John J. McCormack

August 29th, 2018 | last Update: 2 months ago

John J. McCormack, 95, passed away peacefully on the morning of August 27, 2018. Born in

Brooklyn, New York, on October 8, 1922, Mr. McCormack enlisted in the Army in 1943 and

became an Aviation Cadet. After completing pilot training in Texas, he was commissioned as an

officer and sent to England as a C-47 pilot where he participated in numerous air operations over

the Rhineland, Ardennes Forest and Central Europe and delivered much needed supplies to

American troops during the height of the Battle of the Bulge in December 1944. Following the

end of World War II, he returned to New York where he married his future wife, the former

Mary Moloney, and became a New York City fireman. During the 1960’s, he was promoted to

the rank of Captain and was assigned to Engine 231 in one of the busiest fire houses in the city.

He eventually retired from the Fire Department in 1968 and later moved with his wife to

northwest Florida in 1975 where he spent the last 43 years of his life. Mr. McCormack was an

avid golfer and during his time in Florida also became a dedicated square dancer as well. As a

young man and father of three boys, he became instrumental in co-founding and developing a

parish Baseball League and personally coached several Brooklyn Diocesan Championship teams

during the late 1950’s and early 1960’s. Mr. McCormack’s wife of 59 years passed away in

2004 after a several years struggle with Alzheimer’s disease during which time Mr. McCormack

served lovingly as his wife’s full time caregiver. Mr. McCormack is survived by his three sons:

John J. McCormack, a retired high school and college math teacher, and his wife Mary Anne of

Salisbury Mills, New York; Michael G. McCormack, a former Navy judge advocate and retired

Air Force colonel, and his wife Eleanor of Arlington, Virginia; and Timothy P. McCormack, a

former Air Force B-52 navigator and also a retired New York City fireman, and his wife

Margery of Hampstead, North Carolina. In addition, Mr. McCormack is also survived by 14

grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the Base Chapel on

the U.S. Naval Air Station in Pensacola, Florida, on Wednesday, September 5, 2018, followed by

burial with full military honors at Fort Barrancas National Cemetery, also on board the U.S.

Naval Air Station at Pensacola. As a final note, Mr. McCormack, or “Mr. John” as he was

known to the staff and other residents of the Skilled Nursing Facility at the Northwest Florida

Community Hospital in Chipley, Florida, spent his final fifteen months as a fulltime resident

there, and he and his family will be forever grateful for the kind, tender and loving care and

attention he received throughout his stay. The entire northwest Florida community is indeed

very blessed to have such a wonderful facility with such an excellent staff to service their needs.

 


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