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06/27/13 - NNHS Newsletter - John McMahon

John Patrick McMahon
(21 Oct 1921 - 23 June 2013)

Newport News High School Class of February 1939

Dear Friends and Schoolmates,
   We have still another sad edition of the NNHS Newsletter today. 
    John McMahon, Class of February 1939, brother of Virginia McMahon Baxter of TX, and of the late Mary McMahon Campbell, Thomas McMahon,     Florine McMahon (February 1942) (13 Sept 1923 - 27 May 2009), and   Theresa McMahon Love (February 1944), passed away in Newport News on Sunday, June 23, 2011 at the age of 91.

From The Daily Press - 06/27/13:

       John Patrick McMahon
    NEWPORT NEWS - John Patrick McMahon, 91, of Newport News, died on Sunday, June 23, 2013, at Newport News Nursing & Rehab.

Born in Barnesville, Charlotte County, Va., on October 21, 1921, he had been a resident of Newport News since early childhood.

He attended Stonewall Jackson Elementary School and graduated from Newport News High School.

John McMahon
On February 28, 1939, he launched his career with an apprenticeship at the Newport News Shipbuilding and Dry Dock Company, from which he retired 48 years later.

He was a life member of the NNS&DDC Apprenticeship School Alumni Club and a life member of the Friends of the Newport News Public Library. He was a former member of the American Society of Naval Engineers, the Propeller Club of the United States, the Engineers Club of the Virginia Peninsula, the Shipbuilders Council of American Value Engineering Committee.

John was preceded in death by his parents, Eliza and Thomas McMahon; three sisters, Theresa Love, Mary Campbell, and Florine O. McMahon; and one brother, Thomas I. McMahon.

He is survived by the great love of his life, Uldine Jones McMahon; his sister, Virginia Baxter; his children James Henry Tolbert (wife Linda) of Newport News, Theresa Elizabeth Cannon of Newport News, Cynthia McMahon Miller (husband Wayne Miller) of Newport News, Patrick McMahon of Arlington, VA; and grandchildren Jay Tolbert, Tammy Tolbert, Tommy Tolbert, Angie Tolbert, Toni Michelle Cannon, and Zachary David Cannon.

Visitation for John will be 5:30-7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 29, 2013, at Peninsula Funeral Home. He will be buried in a private service on Sunday, June 30, 2013, at Peninsula Memorial Park. View and post condolences on our online guestbook at

Published in Daily Press on June 27, 2013.
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June 27, 2013

Sorry to see John's obituary. My condolences to all of you. Every time I look at Marian's and my 25th Anniversary pictures, and I do that a lot since she is not here, I think of you, Uldine, and John helping our daughter Alison prepare for the celebration. He was a good friend.

~ George Ashby

June 27, 2013
  John Patrick McMahon was my brother, but he was much more than that. He was my friend, my counselor, and my teacher. He taught me reading, writing and ‘rithmetic, but also such skills as woodworking, and chair caning. He was an idealist, and a realist. I believe what I gained most from my many years of tagging along behind my big brother was the benefit of his real area of expertise, an appreciation of “true love and home grown tomatoes”. He was true to those he loved, and tended the land he loved, and was always willing to share. After his long and productive life, may he now rest in peace.

~ Virginia Baxter, Caldwell, Texas

June 28, 2013
I was sorry to hear about John's passing. He was a wonderful and strong supporter of the Newport News Friends of the Library and of the Library System. He was a voracious reader and when he was working at the booksales would often buy as many books as he and Uldine had donated. He would talk about the book shelves that he was always building to house their collection.

~ Izabela Cieszynski, Newport News, Virginia
June 30, 2013

Mr. Mac, my second father, my parents' best friend, and a man with love for all. What a huge part of my growing up the McMahon family has been. Proud to say I know and love this man. My mom and dad have welcomed him in heaven and they are all dancing again.

~ Kim Lacks-Rowan, Hayes, Virginia

June 30, 2013
Dear Uldine,

We were very sorry to hear of john's passing and our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow.
Betty Pierce and family

~ Betty Pierce

July 02, 2013
 The world has lost an interesting man! I will never forget my first meeting of  "Cindy's Dad". Opened my eyes! All my love to you all!!

~ Kathy Loonam, Williamsburg, Virginia

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  Our deepest sympathies are extended to the McMahon family and their friends at this difficult time.

  Y'all take good care of each other!  TYPHOONS FOREVER! We'll Always Have Buckroe!

                          Love to all, Carol





Carol Buckley Harty
7020 Lure Court
Fayetteville, NC 28311-9309

 O God, Our Help in Ages Past

Words by Isaac Watts, The Psalms of David, 1719 (based on Psalm 90)
(17 July 1674 - 25 Nov 1748)

Music, St. Anne, by
William Croft, 1708
(10 Dec 1678 - 14 Aug 1727)

1. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Our shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal home.

2. Under the shadow of Thy throne
Thy saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Thine arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood,
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting Thou art God,
To endless years the same.

4. Thy Word commands our flesh to dust,
“Return, ye sons of men”:
All nations rose from earth at first,
And turn to earth again.

5. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone;
Short as the watch that ends the night
Before the rising sun.

6. The busy tribes of flesh and blood,
With all their lives and cares,
Are carried downwards by the flood,
And lost in foll’wing years.

7. Time, like an ever-rolling stream,
Bears all its sons away;
They fly, forgotten, as a dream
Dies at the op’ning day.

8. Like flow’ry fields the nations stand
Pleased with the morning light;
The flow’rs beneath the mower’s hand
Lie with’ring ere ’tis night.

9. O God, our help in ages past,
Our hope for years to come,
Be Thou our guard while troubles last,
And our eternal home.

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