James J. Mcgee
James J. McGee, 80, of Ambler, died Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at home in Lower Gwynedd, Pa.
Born in New York, N.Y., he was the son of the late Thomas and Maida (nee Murphy) McGee. He was preceded in death by his son, James D. McGee, in 2009.
Jim was a graduate of West Point Military Academy, Class of 1953, with a degree in military science. He then served in the U.S. Air Force from 1953 to 1964.
After he left the military, Jim worked as an administrator at Misericordia Hospital and Wills Eye Hospital.
At the age of 60, Jim returned to school and graduated from Chestnut Hill College with a master’s degree in holistic spirituality.
He founded the Masculine Spirituality Center in Chestnut Hill and began working in the Philadelphia Prison system using the 12-week “Houses of Healing” program.
He also served as human resource director for the Medical Mission Sisters from 1995 until his retirement in 2003.
Jim was a member of St. Anthony of Padua Church in Ambler. He was a 12-year volunteer of the Philadelphia Prison System’s support outreach, as well as the Philadelphia Chapter of the Association for Retarded Children. He also participated in a Jewish/Christian Dialogue Group.
He enjoyed reading, tennis, storytelling and vacationing in Cape May with his children and their families every summer.
Jim is survived by his beloved wife of 55 years, Anne K. McGee; and devoted sons, 0DWWKHw 3. 0FGHH DQG fiDQcée, Kate, of Hanover, Pa., Christopher A. McGee and wife Juanita of Bellingham, Wash., and Joseph P. McGee and wife Clarissa of Albuquerque, N.M. Jim was the loving grandfather of Andre, Molly, Joe, Nick, Alexandra, Cassandra and Jessica, and great-grandfather of Liam. He is also survived by his brothers, Andrew McGee and wife, Maureen, of Rockaway, N.Y., and Thomas McGee and wife Arleen of South Hadley, Mass.; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Family and friends are invited after 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, to St. Anthony of Padua Church, 259 Forest Ave, Ambler, Pa. A funeral Mass will begin at 11 a.m. with Monsignor Stephen P. McHenry as the celebrant. A reception will follow at Gwynedd Estates, 301 Norristown Road, Ambler, Pa.
Private interment will be at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery, Newtown, Pa.
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James D. Sykes of Audubon, Pa., formerly of Meadowbrook and Bonita Bay, Fla., died on Oct. 21, 2012, with his family by his side.
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Born on May 27 1934, in Philadelphia, Pa., to William and Lavinia Garrett Sykes, Jim graduated from Cheltenham High School and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, with a B.S. in business econom- ics. As an ROTC graduate in 1956, Sykes was commissioned as a second lieutenant, United States Air Force. Sykes served three years in the Air Force as a multi-engine pilot and supSOy RIfiFHU DQG wDV UHOHDVHG from active duty in 1959 as D fiUVW OLHuWHQDQW.
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