Vincent P. McGinn, 71, of DeKalb, IL. died unexpectedly on Tuesday, 15 August 2017, at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.Read More
He was born 10 July 1946 in the Bronx, NY, the oldest child of Vincent and Marion (O'Neill) McGinn, both of whom preceded him in death. He married Mary S. Richarmé in 1978.
Vince was a proud graduate of Mount Saint Michael Academy in the Bronx. He completed his undergraduate studies in electrical engineering and psychology at New York University in 1968, and earned his first Master's degree there the following year. His second Master's in astronomy and his doctorate in electrical engineering were from Penn State.
He was commissioned as an officer in the United States Air Force in 1968. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel after 27 years of faithful service. He taught at Fordham University, Rose College, Air Force Institute of Technology, Penn State, University of Tulsa, Virginia Military Institute and Northern Illinois University.
Vince loved amateur radio, cats, Corvettes, good scotch and mafia movies. He was an excellent story teller, and never told a tale without embellishments. He strongly believed in the value of lifelong education, both as learner and teacher. He held a commercial helicopter license, and greatly loved flying. One of Vince's most treasured life experiences was his invitation to Rome to witness the canonization of St. Marcelin Champagnat. Vince was intensely loyal to his family and friends, and he had an uncanny ability to connect with people. Although he believed that God loved everyone, he also believed that God must consider him to be one of His favorite people because of how richly blessed he was in his life on Earth. He will be missed beyond measure.
Survivors include his wife Mary; his son, Nathan McGinn; his daughter, Julie (Andrew Gross) McGinn; his sister, Marianne Trale; and a large and loving extended family.
His visitation will be on Monday, August 21, 2017 from 4:00-8:00pm at Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL.
A funeral mass will be at St. Mary DeKalb, 329 Pine St, DeKalb, IL on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 at 10:30am. Burial will follow at Fairview Park Cemetery.
Memorial contributions can be made to the Marist Brothers @ www.maristbr.com.
To sign the online guest book or write a special memory, go towww.ButalaFuneralHomes.com or call 815-895-2833.