John Thomas McGurn, 75, true tradesman who enjoyed woodworking

John Thomas McGurn
John Thomas McGurn

John Thomas McGurn, 75, of Virginia Beach, sadly passed away Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, after a long battle with cancer and complications related to a recent fall. He was born Feb. 13, 1944, in Rhode Island, son of the late Andrew and Mary McGurn and was also preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sharon Lynn McGurn.

John had served in the U.S. Navy and retired from the Virginia Beach City Public Schools after 20 years of dedicated service. He was an avid sports fan and a lifelong New England Patriots and Boston Red Sox supporter.

He was a true tradesman, who had enjoyed woodworking and tinkering around with home improvement projects prior to his decline in health. He also had a “sweet tooth” and loved his candy. John thoroughly enjoyed listening to Motown music and playing his drum set.

John is survived by his children, John McGurn Jr., Timothy McGurn, Thomas McGurn, and his wife, Lauren, and Andrew McGurn, who reside in Rhode Island, and Christina Boyd, and her husband, Fred, as well as, Irene Correia, and her husband, James, of Virginia; sister, Elaine Forcier, and her husband, William, of Arizona. He was also blessed to have seven grandchildren, who called him “Pop,” that he also leaves behind. John lived life his way and will be missed.

A visitation will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 10, at Altmeyer Funeral Home, Southside Chapel, 5033 Rouse Drive, Virginia Beach. Memorial services will follow at 2 p.m. at the funeral home. Family and friends are welcome to gather for refreshments on the site directly following the service.

In honor of John Thomas McGurn, memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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