John McCormick, 89, of Scranton died peacefully at home on October 2, 2020, surrounded by his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 64 years, the former Anne Carroll.
Born in Carbondale, PA, John was the son of the late Stanley and Beatrice Walker McCormick. He was a graduate of St. Rose High School, 1949, in Carbondale and of Penn State University, 1954 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism.
John was a Korean War veteran and served with the Seventh Army, V Corps in Germany. He was employed at the Carbondale Daily News, Endicott Bulletin, and Binghamton Press, and later, advanced in his newspaper career as the sports editor for the Bloomsburg Morning Press, Catholic Light, and the Scranton Times/Sunday Times. Leading up to his retirement he worked for the Lane Broadcasting Company as an account executive and sportscaster.
During his newspaper career in Scranton John received the Commissioner of Baseball Award for his contribution to college baseball, the Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Media Award, Catholic League Coaches’ Association Service Award, 1973 University of Scranton Journalism Award, 1973 Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League’s Media Award, the 1982 ACBL’s ServiceAward, the University of Scranton Media Award, and the PIAA Service Award for his contributions to high school sports. In 1992 John was inducted into the University of Scranton Athletics Wall of Fame; in 1994 he received the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Meritorious Award; and in 2012 he received the Northeast Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Service Award. He was a co-founder of the Scranton Red Soxx college summer team and served as its president.
John was a committee member of the University of Scranton Wall of Fame, the Northeastern Chapter’s State Sports Hall of Fame and served for many years as president to the local chapter, and Northeast Regional Vice President of the State Sports Hall of Fame. He served as president of the Babe Ruth Senior League, secretary and treasurer of the Catholic Coaches Association, and was a member of the St. Rose/Sacred Heart Alumni Association and a recipient of its annual Service Award.
In addition, John also served as president of the Cathedral Parish Holy Name Society, vice-president of the Prescott School PTA, served 23 years on the Advisory Board of Worthington Scranton Penn State Campus and served as president of the Scranton Newspaper Guild in 1970.In the late 1980’s, both John and his wife, Anne were instrumental in the transition of the former Chapel Church to the current Immaculate Conception Church. In 2012 John was given the great distinction of being chosen as Grand Marshall of the Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Scranton.
In addition to his wife, Anne, John is survived by daughters Cathleen Lewis (Fred), of Chelmsford, MA, Carol, of Scranton, PA, Anne Redlinger (Kurt) of San Diego, CA, and a son,Michael McCormick of Clarks Summit, PA. He was the loving brother of Mary Kenrick of Buffalo, NY, Betsy Shields of Binghamton, NY, and the late Joseph McCormick. John is most remembered by his love for his family. He was especially proud of and loved his 8 grandchildren Therese, Susan, Laura, Tara, Thomas, Mary, Christopher and Kristi; and his 6 great-grandchildren Carter, Lorenzo, Maria, Addi, Laney and Oliver. In addition, he has 9 nephews and 6 nieces who were special to him.
All CDC guidelines, including the mandatory use of facial coverings and proper social distancing, will be strictly enforced. Please be prepared to pay respects in a timely manner while refraining from physical contact.
Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11am in the Immaculate Conception Church 801 Taylor Ave. Scranton.
Friends may call Saturday morning from 10am until the time of Mass at the church.
Interment, St. Rose Cemetery, Carbondale.
Arrangements have been entrusted to and are under the care and direction of the Vanston and James Funeral Home, Scranton.
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In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Mary’s Villa Nursing, Elmhurst, PA where he received loving care and compassion while he resided there for 17 months.