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Harding J. "Papa Mac" McCain

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Harding J. "Papa Mac" McCain, 90, of Daytona Beach, passed away August 3, 2013 in Ormond Beach. He was preceded in death by his wife Virgle (Harris), by his parents Henry and Aline (Reed) McCain, and by his six siblings. Survivors include children Kathy McCain, Dan McCain, Roy (Sherry) Gailey and Larry Werner; grandchildren Rick Farmer, Rachael McCain, Gina (Harry) Forsyth, Mark (Jo'Nette) Gailey and Michael (Tammy) Gailey; great-grandchildren Alyssa Forsyth, Ethan Forsyth, Anthony Farmer, Meghan Gailey, Michaela Gailey and McKenna Gailey. Mac was born, raised, educated and worked in Chicago. Growing up in a tough neighborhood, Mac was encouraged by a parish priest to try boxing. He excelled in Golden Gloves and later as a professional boxing judge. On his last day of high school, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, where he then saw action in the Pacific Islands during World War II. Mac spent his working years with AT&T. He started as a lineman, became an instructor for Bell Labs, earned trusted government communications clearance and rose to oversee 30 managers, all without the benefit of a college degree. His only time away from AT&T was during a brief stint as an engineer for the U.S. space program in California. It was at the Bell/AT&T school outside Chicago that Mac met his wife, Virgle. They married in 1973 and were together until her passing in 2012. They retired to Daytona Beach in 1983. Initially, Mac pursued a passion for boating and fishing, and was a long-time member of the Halifax River Yacht Club. He chose to continue his employment. He worked for a while in the funeral business, but spent most of his retirement career at Carter Electric in Daytona. There he attained the rank of safety director, trash manager and trusted confidant. Mac was a social man and liked to dance. He was good at automobile mechanics, enjoyed fixing things and helping others. About eight years ago, Mac had what was then-revolutionary heart surgery. He was featured on the cover of the Mayo Clinic magazine and in its annual report. Fortunately, this advanced procedure did not interfere with consuming his favorite foods, ice cream and chocolate chip cookies. Donations in Mac's name are welcomed to Lighthouse International for the Blind, the , and VITAS Hospice. The family would like to express their sincere appreciation to VITAS Hospice and to recognize the great care they gave Mac and Virgle at Clare Bridge and Southland Suites with the Brookdale Senior Community. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Lohman Funeral Home Ormond. Services will be privately held for the family. Condolences may be shared at www.lohmanfuneralhomes.com



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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal from Aug. 18 to Aug. 23, 2013
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