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James P. McGonigle M.D.

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McGonigle, M.D.,

James P.

Nov. 30, 1939 - Jun. 2, 2014

James P. McGonigle, M.D., 74, of Longboat Key, FL passed away June 2, 2014. He was preceded in death by his father, James P. McGonigle, and his mother, Irene M. McGonigle. He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Clara A. McGonigle and his brothers, Michael M. McGonigle, M.D. of Fountain Hills, AZ and William J. McGonigle, J.D. of Cheney, WA. He is also survived by the following: his daughter Erika and son-in-law Fred of Novi, MI and their 6 children: Freddy (16), Julia (14), Tommy (12), Vivian (9), Billy (6) and Jimmy (4); his daughter Adrienne and son-in-law Andrew of Cape Girardeau, MO and their 5 children Andrew (13), Jane (11), Charlie (8), Elle (6) and Erika (6); his daughter Clara and son-in-law Michael of O'Fallon, MO and their 5 children Francie (10), Adrienne (9), Maria (8), Michael (5), and Therese (3); his daughter Gabrielle and son-in-law Steven of San Francisco, CA and their 4 children Clara (10), John (8), Hannah (6), and Mary Margaret (3); and his son James and daughter-in-law Kristin of Rio Rancho, NM and their 3 children Emma (9), Violet (7), and Jim (5).

He was born on November 30, 1939, at St. Johns Hospital in St. Louis, MO, and he grew up in Pueblo, CO. He graduated from Santa Clara University in 1961 and from St. Louis University School of Medicine in 1965. He married Clara A. Werth of Waterloo, IL on August 14, 1965. His medical internship was at the University of Iowa from 1965-1966. Then, from 1966-1968, he served in the U.S. Navy. He was stationed at Mayport Naval Air Station and also served on the U.S.S. Pratt as a ship's medical officer. After the navy, he did his ophthalmology residency at St. Louis University. He practiced ophthalmology for 25 years in Joplin, MO, and raised his family there. In 1996, he retired and moved with his wife to Longboat Key, FL where he lived until his death. He was a member of St. Mary's Star of the Sea Parish in Longboat Key, FL and served as a Eucharistic Minister there. He loved visiting with his children and grandchildren, playing golf, and reading. He will be missed for his sense of humor, his quick and acerbic wit and his effective advice on a wide array of subjects.

Visitation will be at Toale Brothers Funeral Home in Sarasota on Sunday, June 8 from 6-8 pm. A funeral mass will be held at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church on Longboat Key at 10:30 am on Monday, June 9 with burial at 2:30PM in Sarasota National Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to St. Joseph's School in Bradenton, Florida.

Published in Herald Tribune from June 5 to June 6, 2014
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