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John McDermott Obituary
July 29, 1927 - June 29, 2017 An Irish immigrant who lived the American dream, John McDermott peacefully passed away on June 29, 2017. He was welcomed to heaven by his parents, Francis and Maria McDermott, his 8 siblings, and his daughter Nora. Born in Manorhamilton, County Leitrim, Ireland as the 9th of 10 children, he booked his passage on the Queen Mary in 1948, arrived in America and traveled by bus to Pomona, California to be with his sister Mary. In 1950, he was drafted in the United States Army and fought during the Korean War. Upon returning to the states, he worked for Southern Pacific Railroad and met the love of his life, Bridget (Bridie) Connolly who hailed from County Mayo, Ireland. They married in 1954 and had 5 children. For several years, he worked for his brother-in-law in material handling equipment, and at the age of 40, he began his own material handling company, McDermott Equipment and Supply, in El Monte, CA. In addition to running a business, he attended night classes at East Los Angeles College; education was important to him, so he worked diligently to ensure that all of his children received a college education. John's success in business was derived from his ability to be charming and witty with his Irish accent and shenanigans. He carried these traits with him until the very end, telling jokes and making people smile. An active parishioner of St. Therese Church in Alhambra for over 50 years, John was a devout Catholic and man of great faith who also had an affinity for animals. A devoted husband and father, he enjoyed Dodger games and weekends at his beach home with family and friends. John is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Bridie, his 4 adult children, Frank (Nancy) McDermott, Maureen (Sam) Battle, Sean (Anne) McDermott, Eileen (Richard)Smith, and son-in-law William Mace; brother, Cormac; 10 grandchildren: Sam, Caroline and Katie (Battle), Willie, Austin, and Julia (Mace), Brendan and Claire McDermott, and Hayden and Kerrigan (Smith), and 7 great- grandchildren who will forever be grateful for the love he shared with them. Funeral Mass and Rosary will be held Friday, July 7, 2017 at 10am at St. Therese Church, Alhambra, CA. Cabot & Sons, Pasadena
Published in the Los Angeles Times from July 4 to July 5, 2017
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