John McGee
1957 - 2021
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John Robert McGee, Sr.
March 9, 1957 - February 17, 2021
John Robert McGee, Sr. passed away peacefully with his family at his side on February 17, 2021. He was the youngest child of Robert Joseph (preceded) and Lorraine O'Rourke McGee (preceded) and is survived by his wife of 37-years, Mary (Morasci); his two children, John Robert, Jr. (Jillian Hamels) and Anne Bonnington; siblings Sheila, Daniel (Karen) and Nance McGee. John was "Poppy" to grandson, Graham and a beloved Uncle and brother in-law.
Born and raised in Burlingame, John graduated from Junipero Serra High School (1975). He graduated from University of Pacific (1979) and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. John recently retired from Franklin Templeton Investments after a distinguished 36-year career.
John enjoyed traveling and was an avid golfer. He was a longtime member of the Olympic Club where he played frequently with his family and friends. He loved to sing and had a passion for music. He enjoyed his time while a member of The Family Club where his fellow campmates occasionally allowed him to take the mic or act in skits.
John was proud of his Irish heritage. Soon after retiring he traveled to Ireland for a golf trip with his son and friends. In between rounds of golf, he visited his maternal grandmother's town of Youghal, County Cork learning more about his ancestry.
John had a zest for life. He will be remembered for his sense of humor and jovial spirit. He was adored by his family and admired by his many friends. John will be missed greatly. The family wishes to thank Dr. Julia Carnevale and Dr. Richard Jordan for their compassionate care.
A private service is planned with a celebration of life to follow when it is safe for people to gather. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in John's memory to the UCSF Foundation, P.O. Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145. Please note "Dr. Julia Carnevale's Research" in the memo line.





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Published in San Francisco Chronicle from Feb. 23 to Feb. 28, 2021.
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March 16, 2021
Mary, My sincere condolences to you and family

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Rook Nolan
March 12, 2021
I am deeply saddened to hear this news. John and my brother Jim were best friends in grammar school years on the 70s and John was a frequent presence in the Venturino household. In later years, I would run in to John at the Olympic Club where I was a member from 1980 to 2006. I know my brother Jim holds John in high regard and will treasure the memories they created together in their youth. Peace to the Magee family. As long as you live, and as long as you hold John in your memory, he is alive.
John Venturino
Friend
March 8, 2021
I just heard of John's passing and I'm so sad that he left his earth far too early. I knew John as part of our high school group (a bunch of Mercy and Serra kids). Years ago, we hung out as a large, eclectic group, having fun, laughing and spending time in friendship. While we did not stay connected into our adult lives, John's marriage to Mary felt so connected as he married my most favorite Art teacher from Mercy. Even though time passed, when I saw John, I felt a historical connection, one that defined time. My niece and Annie are dear friends and I know that the McGee family is surrounded by loving friends to care take this time of life. I send my prayers, good memories and thoughts to enjoy each day, for we never know if tomorrow is here.
Blessings,
JeanMarie (Kelly) Buckley
JeanMarie Buckley
Friend
March 7, 2021
Dear Mary, Anne, Jack, Jillian and Graham we will always remember John with a smile on his face and a witty comment in the making. He was truly a special presence in the neighborhood and he will be missed by all of us. You are in our prayers that God may bring you peace and comfort at this sad time. With much love
Deborah & Charlie Sanderson/Walker
Neighbor
March 1, 2021
Liz and myself send our most sincere condolences to Mary and family.
Our boys, our children grew up in town and were friends. We got to share many school events and memorable functions, wonderful family and God bless all of you.
Pierre Buljan
Friend
February 28, 2021
John and I were classmates at Serra High School (Class of 1975). Though we ran in different social circles, I remember him as smart, great sense of humor, and an around good person. My condolences to the McGee family during this very difficult time. RIP.
Donald Thornhill
February 27, 2021
My deepest condolences to the family. What a loss. A great man.
David Lachina
Friend
February 26, 2021
Mary, sending my deepest condolences. I was so sorry to hear about John’s passing.You and your Family will be in our prayers
Melody Ackley
Friend
February 26, 2021
So sad to here of the passing of John. I was a classmate of his at OLA and Serra HS. During our Freshmen year I would get a ride to school with John from his sister in her VW Bug. Seemed like everyday we would hear Rod Stewart's "Maggie May" (1971) and I always think of those days when I hear it. I loved his humor and was a good friend. RIP
Bill Katen
Classmate
February 25, 2021
My sincere condolences to the McGee family, fraternity brothers, and close friends. Had fond memories of John at Serra. He was a hoot and could always elicit laughter during a few awkward times. Here’s to the 19th hole, John.
Paul Cervelli
Classmate
February 25, 2021
Very sorry to hear of John’s passing. We were classmates at Serra, John was a great guy always a lot of fun to be around. RIP John, until we meet again.
Jack Mackall
SERRA HS Class of 1975
Jack Mackall
Friend
February 24, 2021
John aka. Max, will never be forgotten as both an SAE BROTHER and friend for life....We will miss you MAX....
Jeff (THE HOUND- DOG)BASSETT
Friend
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