John "Mickey" McDade, 72, of Wilmington, DE, and The Villages, FL, a retired Sun Company superintendent and decorated Vietnam War veteran, died Oct. 2nd at Riddle Memorial Hospital in Media, PA, after a 3-year battle with lung cancer. He was surrounded with love by his wife and daughters.
Born in Chester, PA, Mr. McDade was a resident of Upper Chichester for more than 45 years before his recent move to Delaware. He was also a resident of Florida for several years. Mr. McDade was a 1967 graduate of the old St. James High School in Chester, and a graduate of Goldey-Beacom College, where he studied Business Management. For 35 years, he was employed by Sun Co. in Marcus Hook, where he was an Operations Superintendent at the time of his retirement at the early age of 55.
An Army veteran of the Vietnam War, Mr. McDade served in the 1st Calvary Division (1969- 1971), also known as "The First Team”, with whom he earned many accolades including the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Air Medal and Army Commendation Medal to name a few.
For several years, Mr. McDade was coach for the CYO girls volleyball team at the former Holy Saviour Grade School in Linwood, Pa. A proud grandfather of four, he tutored his oldest grandchild at home during the pandemic.
An avid golfer, Mr. McDade enjoyed playing courses in Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida. He and his wife visited many ports of the world on cruises with childhood friends and their wives. Mr. McDade also enjoyed going to casinos with his dear friend, Bruce Fain, and spending time with his beloved dog, Louie Earl.
An accomplished craftsman, Mr. McDade renovated multiple homes in Pennsylvania and Florida as well as helped renovate his daughters' homes in Delaware and New Jersey, working up until his passing. He was not going to beat cancer. However, neither was he willing to let it beat him.
Mr. McDade was preceded in death by his parents, John E. McDade Sr. and Florence Buffington, his parents-in-law, Lavinia and Joseph Puskarich, his brothers-in-law, James Gorbey and Joseph Puskarich, and his niece Abbey Gorbey.
Survivors: Wife of nearly 46 years, Linda Puskarich McDade; daughters, Marlene McDonough and her husband, Cole, and Catherine Reudter, and her husband, Daniel; sisters, Jean Marie Gorbey, and Kathleen Peifer and her husband, David; brother, Michael McDade and his wife, Mary; sister-in-law, Kathleen Hamilton; grandchildren, Lavinia Reudter, and Declan, Dash and Daury McDonough.
A Celebration of life will be held on Saturday, October 16th at 11:00AM at the Minshall Shropshire-Bleyler Funeral Home, Ltd., Middletown (Rte. #352) & Knowlton Rds., Middletown Twp., Media, PA 19063.
Visitation: Saturday, October 16th after 10:00AM at the funeral home
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to: ASPCA, https://secure.aspca.org/donate or 555 Sandy Bank Rd. Media, PA 19063.
Family is requesting masks to be worn please.