John James McClure Jr. died Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at his home in Concord. McClure, who was born January 6, 1915, in Chester, Pa., was the son of John James McClure and Gertrude Walker Holmes. He grew up in the greater Philadelphia area, attended Dartmouth College and graduated from Ohio State University
McClure's beloved wife for 73 years, Ruth Lewis McClure, died in 2009. The McClures lived most of their lives in New Orleans, moving to Concord, in 2005.
McClure spent his entire professional life in the petroleum business in Texas and Louisiana, and as a private investor. He was a dedicated cruising sailor, principally on his 30 foot ketch, Cameo, and a winner of trophies at the Southern Yacht Club in New Orleans, where he was a member for 57 years. A member of St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans, McClure served as a Deacon there for many years.
McClure's three children are Karen Lewis McClure of Estes Park, Colo., Robert Lewis McClure of Singapore, and Jan Walker McClure of Concord. His five grandchildren are John Howell, Kristin Blackwell, Julia Lehman, Emma Lehman and Rebecca Lehman. There are three great grandchildren.