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Southampton Funeral Director Dies Suddenly

John A. McGhee, local funeral director and deputy coroner for Bucks County, died suddenly on Wednesday.

John A. McGhee, 51, of Southampton, died suddenly while at work on Wednesday, July 27.

John, a second generation funeral director, continued the dream of his father James J. McGhee Jr. in serving the people in and around the Southampton community.

Born in Philadelphia, PA, he is the son of Isabelle (nee Curry) McGhee of Southampton and the late James J. McGhee, Jr. who died in January 2011.

John was a graduate of Archbishop Wood High School (1977) and received a degree in mortuary science from Northampton County Community College (1980). He was licensed as a Pennsylvania Funeral Director in July 1981. John served as a Deputy Coroner for the Bucks County Coroner’s office since 1980.

He was a member of Bucks County Funeral Directors Association, where he served as a past president, Pennsylvania & National Funeral Directors Assoc., Southampton Lions Club, where he has served as Past President, Lions Eye Bank of the Delaware Valley and the Southampton Days 4th of July celebration, where he served as the Bike Judge.

John was a life-long member of Our Lady of Good Counsel Church in Southampton where he served as a Lector, Eucharistic Minister and member of the Pastoral Counsel.

He loved to golf and was a member of Old York Road Country Club in Ambler.

John is survived by his beloved wife of 29 years, Robin (nee Carson) and sons Patrick J. and Brendon T., both of Southampton. He is also survived by his brothers James J. McGhee, III and his wife Dawn, and Joseph M. McGhee.  

Relatives and friends are invited to call Wednesday Aug. 3, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the James J. McGhee Funeral Home, 2nd Street Pike and Belmont Ave, Southampton. A funeral mass will be held Thursday, 11 a.m. at . Interment will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.

Remembrances in his name to Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 611 Knowles Ave. Southampton, PA 18966 would be appreciated by the family.

Megen Donovan July 30, 2011 at 09:32 PM
This breaks my heart. I grew up swimming with his youngest son. Mr. McGhee was a wonderful person.
Patrick Miller July 31, 2011 at 11:49 AM
John touched so many people during his life with his great personality. We all lost a great person and our prayers go out to his family.
Kevin Madison July 31, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May he rest in peace! My love and prayers and friendship go out to all the family!
Paul Carbone July 31, 2011 at 04:54 PM
I am so going to miss you, my wonderful friend. Thank you for sharing with me your humor... your sincere friendship .... your wisdom ... but most of all your compassion. You'll live in my heart always, Johnny ... sleep with the angels, my friend!
Richard Patton July 31, 2011 at 08:52 PM
Through High School, through college, through a part of my professional life, through the deaths of both my parents, and, later down the road, through one of my darkest moments, you were always there when I called on you. Thanks John. May you always dream of Angels.... RICHARD E. PATTON, ESQUIRE
Mary Cole August 04, 2011 at 12:08 AM
I bumped into Mr. McGee when I was getting meals out of the freezer at the back of church. There was usually a funeral on and he was in the lobby of the church. He always had a smile and would hold the door open for me. May Jesus show his love and compassion for the family left behind through the community he was so much a part of. Lord have Mercy on him.
joanne lukas August 04, 2011 at 01:13 AM
let everyone remember. he was a good man. kind person. and was good to anyone who he came in contact. as we all knew, if we had a death in the family. we trusted John, and he was honest, kind, and esp. you felt better once you left the funeral home, he gave you peace. and... may you find that same peace you had always given and shown to others. my deepest sympathies to his beloved family. and never forgot the love he had for you. that will never change.

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