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Charles Granville McVey

Charles Granville McVey crossed over on February 23, 2016, at the age of 92, with his children taking the final days of the journey with him.

Granny was born in Oxford, Pennsylvania on November 11, 1923, to the late Ralph and Isabella (Pierce) McVey and was raised in Elsmere, Delaware, and educated in the local schools. After graduating from Wilmington High School in February 1942, he worked as an aircraft machinist for the Bellanca Aircraft Company in New Castle, Delaware, until March 1943 when he was inducted into the Army, serving with the 116th Anti-Aircraft Battalion in the European Theater until December 1945.

In August 1946, he married Margaret M. Lindell of Richardson Park, Delaware and in 1953 moved to their home in Newark, Delaware, where they raised their three daughters, Judith A. (McVey) Leasure, wife of Charles Leasure, Williamsburg, VA; Diane E. McVey, Newark, DE; and Gayle E. (McVey) Davis, wife of Eugene Davis, Newark, DE. He is also survived by two grandchildren, Gwendolyn K. Davis and Owen R. Davis, both of Newark, DE. Granny was also predeceased by his wife, Margaret M. (Lindell) McVey and his sister, Mary Jane (McVey) Traynor.

Granny was a member of Head of Christiana Presbyterian Church in Newark, DE.

Granny was a dedicated Freemason. The Senior Past Master of Hiram Lodge No. 25, he joined the fraternity in 1956 and served as Master in 1964. He served as Secretary of the Newark Past Masters Association for 22 years. On a State Level, he served on the staff of the Grand Lodge of Delaware in 1982 and again in 2004 and was active on many Committees of the Grand Lodge including chairing of the Delaware Freemason for nine years. He was a Past Presiding Officer in Grand Chapter, Grand Council and Grand Commandery and for his service to these Masonic bodies was awarded the Silver Meritorious service medal by the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons, International and elected into Jesse Green Priory No, 70, Knights of the York Cross of Honor in 1989. Granny was also active in the Scottish Rite in the Valley of Wilmington and served as the presiding officer in the Chapter and Consistory. On a National Level, for his service to the Youth, he was welcomed as an Honorary Member, DeMolay Legion of Honor, he is Past President of the Holy Royal Arch Knights Templar Priests. in Washington, D.C., Past Grand Governor to Delaware for the York Rite Sovereign College of North America and the recipient of the Purple Cross of that body, former Intendent General for the Division of Delaware for the United Grand Imperial Council of Red Cross of Constantine and Appendant Orders for United States of America, Mexico and the Philippines. He was Coroneted an Honorary 33rd degree member of the Supreme Council of the Scottish Rite, Northern Masonic Jurisdiction in 1989. For his many literary works and his dedication to Masonic education, he was welcomed into the Masonic Brotherhood of the Blue Forget-Me-Not. On an International level, Granny was a member of the Correspondence Circle, Quatuor Coronati Lodge No. 2076, London, England. In addition, Granny was a member of some fifteen other State or National Masonic bodies, many of which he was a Past Presiding Office, including having served as Worthy Patron of Newark Chapter No. 10 of the Order of the Eastern Star. Granny was an active, dedicated, beloved, well respected and honored Freemason.

Funeral Service will be Monday, February 29, 2016, 11am at Gracelawn Memorial Park Chapel, 2220 N. DuPont Highway, New Castle, DE 19720, where friends may visit with the family beginning at 10am. Burial will be in the adjoining memorial park.

In lieu of flowers, you may make donations to Delaware Hospice, New Castle County, 16 Polly Drummond Center, 2nd floor, Newark, DE 19711.

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Published in The News Journal from Feb. 26 to Feb. 28, 2016
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