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Pat McGann

March 18, 1928 February 7, 2022
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Peoria- Pat McGann, of Peoria, passed away on February 7th in his hometown of Peoria, IL. 

Besides Pat’s service time of 2 years with the U.S. Army at Fort Leonard Wood, MO, Pat was a proud Peorian for all of his life.  Pat was the third child and son of Mike and Bea (Brophy) McGann, born on March 18, 1928, and grew up in St. Patrick’s Parish and School and was a 1945 graduate from Spalding.   Pat married Marita Hirner on September 8, 1951.  Pat was very active in the Catholic Church from being an altar server as a youth, to being an usher, Eucharistic Minister for the home-bound and a member of St. Mary’s Cathedral Booster Club and Parish Financial Council.  After retiring from full-time work at 86, Pat would pray daily for friends and family who shared their intentions to him.  He remarked at a high school reunion that his fondest accomplishment in life was that his children had a faith and relationship with God.   
 
Pat’s energy was boundless and that was evident by his involvement in sports and the many jobs that he experienced living in Peoria. Pat worked at his grandfather’s and uncles’ shop, Brophy’s Confectionary, at 2414 Starr and across the street from Glen Oak Park.  As an adolescent, Pat worked at Steak-n-Shake, U.S. Postal Service, Journal Star, Peoria Park District, his brother’s gas station, and various farm, forestry, and painting jobs.   Because of his experience in coaching and recreation management, Pat wasn’t sent to Korea in 1951 but was pulled to be a cadre officer, and eventually leaving the U.S. Army as a Sergeant First Class.  Pat served at the Peoria Fire Department and during that time served as the union president.  While working as a firefighter, Pat also worked at Appliance Distributors in the warehouse part-time, which led to the opportunity of being a sales representative for Admiral Televisions & Appliances, and during that 23-year span, he earned a lifetime membership of the Admiralty Club for attitude, integrity and achievement.  During the 1980’s, Pat was the Amana Man for Yeoman’s Distributing and earned the prestige in a nationwide contest for Amana of winning 2nd for sales volume, product knowledge and presentation skills.  Because of medical reasons, Pat retired from his work in sales and became a full-time manny for his grandchildren, and after they were grown, worked as a porter for Uftring’s and for Mike Miller Hyundai.  He also worked as St. Philomena School’s playground supervisor, and until his last three days of life insisted on helping his busy daughter’s family with their laundry and kitchen cleaning duties.
 
While at Spalding he played basketball and bowled.  While working for Neve Harms at Proctor Center, Pat was involved with lifeguard training; coaching swimming, softball, and baseball, and organized recreational activities.  Pat was an IHSA referee for 26 years and took pride in going to the IHSA State Tournament 3 times and refereeing the State Final in 1971.  He is in the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, Peoria Officials Association Hall of Fame, and at the end of the Millennium the Chicago Sun Times, published that Pat and his referee teammate, Tom Alexander, were regarded by the IHSA as two of the 20 best basketball referees of all time.

Pat is survived by his wife of 70 years, Rita, his three children and their spouses: Dennis & Jeanne McGann, Peoria, IL; Michaeleen & Mark Atkisson, Peoria, IL; and Kevin & Barbra McGann, La Grange, IL.  Pat has 6 grandchildren and their spouses: Colleen & Justin Vandenberg, Bartlett, IL; Kylee & Barry Wilson, Windsor, CO; John Atkisson, Milwaukee, WI; Hayley & Nick DeBandt, Kansas City, MO; Grace McGann at Miami U in Ohio, and Mick McGann, Fusion Academy student, La Grange, IL.  Pat has 4 great-grandchildren, River & Brady Vandenberg and Eli & Peter Wilson. Pat is also survived by his beloved brother, James Kevin McGann, Orlando, FL. 

He was preceded in death by many loved ones: parents, brothers, John (Jack) McGann, Robert (Bob) McGann, and sister, Mary Day, and his wife’s parents and siblings.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, February 12, 2022 from 9:00 AM until time of Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 AM at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Father William Miller and Father George Remm will officiate and burial will take place in Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Kewanee, Illinois. Family request that mask be worn and that COVID-19 protocols and procedures be followed.
 
In lieu of flowers or making a donation to a particular charity, Pat’s family would ask that you use your resources to commit to making routine medical, dental and eye appointments that are overdue.  Pat’s last 32 years of life were a gift because he accepted the recommendation to get a prostate check.  He had perfect vision for so many years but never thought about getting his eyes checked regularly, and in his last couple years of life, Pat suffered from macular degeneration.   

We are most appreciative to Dr. Tom Kouri’s guidance for so many years, the Mayo Clinic and in his last 3 days of life, the ICU and Hospice Care Team at Methodist.

Friends and family may sign the online guestbook by logging onto www.wrightandsalmon.com.

Previous Events

Visitation

Saturday

12

Feb

9:00 AM 2/12/2022 9:00:00 AM - 10:00 AM 2/12/2022 10:00:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

103 S Richard Pryor Pl
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Joseph Catholic Church
103 S Richard Pryor Pl Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Funeral Mass

Saturday

12

Feb

10:00 AM 2/12/2022 10:00:00 AM
St. Joseph Catholic Church

103 S Richard Pryor Pl
Peoria, IL 61605

St. Joseph Catholic Church
103 S Richard Pryor Pl Peoria 61605 IL
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Mt. Olivet Cemetery Final Resting Place

1000 Pleasantview Ave
Kewanee, IL 61443

1000 Pleasantview Ave Kewanee 61443 IL
United States
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