The Obit For Jack McGraw

John McGraw

Published in Syracuse Post Standard on November 16, 2009

John Jack Richard McGraw, 81, of Howlett Hill, left behind a world that was a better place for his having been in it as he was lifted to heaven on November 14, 2009.

Jack, a loving husband, devoted father, dedicated friend and ardent Yankee fan, was predeceased by his wife of 57 years, the former Matilda Cicchetti; parents, Herbert and Alice McGraw; and sister, Doris Curtis.

He was a standout, high school athlete for Ithaca High School who spent time in the minor league camps of the St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates. Jack served Community General Hospital with distinction for 29 years as food service director.

Hallmarks of his life included a ready smile, quick wit and fierce devotion to family and friends alike. His legacy will surely be reflected in the positive impact he had on all whose paths he crossed. Our sadness is muted by loving memories. His laughter will always rejoice our hearts. RILY.

Surviving are his children, Daniel (Andrea) of Canandaigua, Jeffrey of Syracuse, Thomas of Corona, CA, and Marianne (Tom) Dillon of Camillus; six grandchildren; brothers, Paul (Martha) of Ithaca and Donald (Beverly) of North Carolina; his sister, Marilyn (Lee) of Buffalo; nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Calling hours will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Ryan Funeral Home, 44 E. Main St., Marcellus. Services will be 11 a.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at St. Francis Xavier Cemetery, Marcellus. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Hope for Bereaved, 4500 Onondaga Blvd., Syracuse, NY 13219 or EnMotion, CNY Amputee Support Group, 521 E. Washington Street, Syracuse, NY 13202.

Ryan Funeral Home Marcellus.