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John Joseph McDonough

November 16, 1938 ~ February 12, 2020 (age 81)


Jack was born on November 16th, 1938 in Pittsburgh, PA, to John Francis McDonough and Marie Lucile McDonough nee Martorella. Jack served in the US Navy from 1957 to 1961 as a Flight Deck Director/Aircraft Handler on the USS Valley Forge CVS-45. On February 17th, 1962, he married MaryJo DeNapoli. They raised two daughters, Maureen and Kelly, and a son, John.


Jack loved to fish, on his boat, off the pier, in his backyard, Everglades City, really anywhere there are fish. For years, he fished Reynolds Channel on the south shore of Long Island any chance he could for the elusive striped bass.


Jack was a doer of things, never ready to stop, after he retired he remodeled the bathrooms and the kitchen in his FL home, made highly detailed models of his favorite cars, learned to play Canasta, was technically proficient as is evidenced by a house full of gadgets, devices, tablets, and computers. Jack was swimming laps on a daily basis and logging hundreds of miles on his bike which he rode until this past summer.


Last summer Jack was diagnosed with an aggressive inoperable cancer that was responsible for a fairly quick deterioration. In true Jack style he was active to the very end, playing cards, visiting with his friends and grandchildren. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile, and his kind and compassionate spirit and his complete devotion to his wife MaryJo.


Jack is survived by his wife MaryJo, his three children and their spouses, Maureen and Michael Novack, Kelly and Peter Graffeo, Laurel and John McDonough, and his grandchildren Luke Novack, Tressa Novack, Peter Graffeo and his wife Cassie, Stephanie Graffeo, Christopher Graffeo, Genevieve McDonough, Jack McDonough, and Grace McDonough.


A funeral service will be held on Thursday, February 20th, 2020 at St. Jude Catholic Church, Boca Raton, FL at 12 o’clock p.m. Followed by interment with Military honors at the South Florida National Cemetery, Lake Worth, FL at 2:30 p.m.


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Funeral Mass
February 20, 2020

12:00 PM
St. Jude Catholic Church
21689 Toledo Road
Boca Raton, Florida 33433

February 20, 2020

2:30 PM
South Florida National Cemetery
6501 S. State Road 7
Lake Worth, Florida 33449

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