Let the memory of JT be with us forever
  • 42 years old
  • Born on April 21, 1962 .
  • Passed away on March 1, 2005 .

This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one,

                              John Harold McGinley

John's passing has left a hole in the hearts of those who knew and loved him.  This memorial pays tribute to who he was as a person, father, son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin and friend.  John had a huge heart with a smile that put you at ease.  He was a gentle spirit, a hard worker, a closet inventor, and a poet.  He was witty and clever with a soft spot for Hot Pockets.  He loved to read mystery novels and always kept a book within reach to jot down his thoughts, ideas and poems. The New York Yankees lost one of their most devoted fans.  He loved baseball and was highly revered as a player himself on the Brooklyn diamonds playing for local leagues. Being on the other end of one of his hugs made you feel like you were the most loved person in the world.

John also battled depression and addiction for most of his life.  What remained constant during all of his trials and tribulations was his love of family. There is so much to share about John.  If you find your way to this memorial, pay tribute to him by sharing your stories and what impact he had on your life.   John was born on April 21, 1962 and passed away on March 1, 2005 but he lives on in all of us, Forever And A Day.

 

 

Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 22nd April 2018
Happy belated birthday Tin man. Love, Berna
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2018
Happy 56th Birthday, John.
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 27th February 2018
It's a girl! You have a granddaughter and her name is Mackenzie.
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 16th February 2018
Johnny and his beautiful wife Amanda went to the hospital today to deliver your grandchild. We know that it will be a girl and we are so excited to meet her. My dear brother, Johnny has grown into a beautiful young man. You would be so PROUD of him. His wife, Amanda, is perfect in every way. She will be a wonderful mother and she is a terrific match for Johnny. What is so astounding is that this beautiful little girl will be born very close to the anniversary of when we lost you. The irony of it leaves me feeling that there is something far greater than all of us writing this story. I wish you were here to witness this. Yet, I know that you are here in spirit, watching over us, watching over them and handing out cigars in Heaven. At 11:37PM Mackenzie Susan McGinley was born. She is 8 pounds, 2 ounces, and 21 inches long. Johnny, Amanada and Mackenzie are all doing great!
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 22nd January 2018
I have been writing the story of Steeplechase since the day I was born. Reading through what I have written through the years about growing up in Coney Island, I came upon a chapter that began with the day of your birth. I could feel the sudden lump in my throat take form followed by tears a plenty. I began to recall all of our conversations. I can't help but to focus on the times when you told me that you were feeling down about yourself and feeling worthless. I thought Dear God, how I wish I could go back in time to that moment and what if I had the ability to replay the day you were born for you as if it were a Netflix movie. You would be able to see how truly valued you were. You would have clearly understood what you meant to all of us. The day you were born was the only day that I can ever remember seeing mom and dad in a total state of bliss. I could see how much having a son meant to Daddy and Mommy as well. I can only imagine that after giving birth to three girls there was a great deal of pressure on mom to deliver a son, something I'm sure she wanted to lovingly give to our father. Daddy was a good father to his daughters. He was sensitive and loving even though we were so foreign to him. Yet, it was clear that daddy needed sons in order to pass along a piece of himself. As your oldest sister I was totally in awe of how beautiful you were. You had platinum blonde hair and beautiful eyes, and dimples! You also had a winning personality. I just wish that you could have seen that and believed in yourself. If only I had known then what I know now. Where is our wisdom when we need it the most? At the time of your need, my wisdom was limited. I realize that writing Steeplechase is going to be much harder than I originally thought. These are the memories that I cling to and at the same time they rip my heart in two. I miss you so much, my brother. I realize all that I could have been for you, could have done for you, and yet I can't make it up to you now. I would imagine that you probably have made some good connections in heaven by now. Ask them to replay that day for you so you can see what a gift you were to all of us. With love, Kathy
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 20th April 2017
Happy birthday John. Love you home slice. xo Berna
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2017
Happy Birthday John, I remember the day you came into the world. Mom was just here talking about how she went into labor on Easter Eve and made sure to lay out all of our Easter outfits before she left for the hospital to give birth to you. Remember how we dressed up in those years? Mom would always take us to Robert Hall's for a new outfit from head to toe. I'll never forget the little suit you wore and you even had a Fedora with a feather on the side. Dad was in charge of dressing us the next morning to go to church. We were so happy that you were the extra treat in our Easter baskets that year. Memories are a treasured gift. Sending you love and wishing you peace. xoxoxo
Posted by Jen Dash on 20th April 2017
Father of the four winds, fill my sails across the sea of years. With no provision but an open face, along the straits of fears. Happy birthday in heaven.
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 13th March 2017
Every year a few days before the anniversary of the day you left us I find that I usually become physically ill. I can't sleep and I can't figure out why. I'm overwhelmed with sadness and then it all becomes clear, I remember. This year I did not go through this. All of a sudden the day passed me by completely before I remembered. And so, I take it as a sign. It's time to stop mourning your death and start celebrating your life and the memory of you. I lay a flower before you now, still in pain over losing you, that will never change, but I celebrate who you were and who you aspired to be. I can't wait to see you again.
Posted by Jen Dash on 29th February 2016
They say it gets easier as time goes by but it definitely does not. You are constantly on my mind. We all love and miss you more then ever. Send some luck to our Yanks this year please. Love ya
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 29th February 2016
Time passes but it doesn't lessen the pain I feel about losing you and I know in my heart it never will. If I could make a deal with God I would trade whatever time I have left to have just one more minute with you. Miss and love you, brother. K.
Posted by Ashley McGinley on 29th February 2016
I miss you today no more than any other day. It gets harder everyday not having you here but I know your here in spirit. I miss you and love you my guardian angel. Love you forever Ash
Posted by Tommy Mcginley on 21st April 2015
Happy Birthday brother. Maybe it's me but as the years pass by it doesn't get easier. Love and miss you Tommy
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 20th April 2015
Love you John. Happy Birthday xoxo
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2015
It would have been nice to celebrate your 53rd birthday with you today. My show this week is dedicated to you. I will also plant a tree in my garden as I hold on to all I miss about you today. You would be so proud of your son and all the kids. We miss you.
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 1st March 2015
Love you always John xoxo
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 28th February 2015
I can't sleep. Not understanding why and then I realize that today is the day I never want to wake up to. Ten years have come and gone and yet the pain of losing you is just as severe as it was the moment I discovered that you were gone. Today I will imagine that you are here with me. A storm is expected but we will take a walk in the falling snow down to Cooper Lake and we will share our thoughts and feelings with each other and say all of the things we never got to say while you were here. Love you, brother. I Am Not Here Don’t stand by my grave and weep, For I am not there, I do not sleep. I am a thousand winds that blow. I am the diamond glint of snow. I am the sunlight on ripened grain. I am the gentle autumn’s rain. When you awaken in the morning, hush. For I am the swift uplifting rush Of quiet birds in circle flight. I am the soft stars that shine at night. Do not stand by my grave and cry. I am not there, I did not die. - Hopi Grief Song/Prayer
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2014
Thinking of you, today. Miss seeing you and your little book that held all of your ideas for inventions. I hope you are having a blast up there.
Posted by Tommy Mcginley on 1st March 2014
I think about you everyday and miss you so freakin much. since you left us I have not been the same.
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 28th February 2014
just wish I had five minutes longer with you.Im thinking only about the good times today.Keeping your smile in my heart forever. I know its early in the day but will toast you with a ice cold beer.your spirit will live on forever and a day.
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 28th February 2014
This will always be the saddest day of my life. I miss you.
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 7th February 2014
missing you more today then I did yesterday!
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2013
Thinking of you. Missing you. I wish you were here to celebrate.
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 28th February 2013
Hey Tinley. Think of you all the time. Love you always. xoxo Berna
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 28th February 2013
Every life has a measure of sorrow, and sometimes this is what awakens us. Steven Tyler
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 28th February 2013
Eight years went by in a flash but it feels like an eternity since you've been gone. During moments when I'm missing you the most when my feelings of loss are about to swallow me whole what saves me is that I imagine you telling me that you're okay. It gets me through that moment. I send all my love and hope that you're organizing a hell of a softball game up in heaven. xoxoxo
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 17th January 2013
what can i say missing you but feeling you.needing you but learning to live without you.loving you will never change.knowing your in a betterplace gives me some kind of peace.to the good times. love you always
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 16th May 2012
today donna will join you in heaven. so lets dance the last dance tonight still remember you dancing on the table to that song.you loved her. miss you every day
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2012
I think about you every day but today I will feel the pain of your loss even more. I wish I could be celebrating your 50th birthday with you. I hope wherever you are that you can feel how much you are missed and how much you are loved.
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 20th April 2012
50? No way. xoxoxo
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 1st March 2012
hey John. 7 years and 1 day. I love you forever. xoxo
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 29th February 2012
seven long years without you,how can that be?your smile remains in my heart and soul forever.many tears will be cried today.many drinks will be had.you are so missed and loved. time may ease the pain a little but it still hurts like hell. love you with all my heart
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 29th February 2012
When I walk through those doors I can feel you with me. How I wish I knew then what I know now. I would trade anything to be able to hit the rewind button and go back in time. I miss you so much. Rest in peace, John.
Posted by Mary McGinley on 28th February 2012
It's so hard to believe you've been gone for 7 years. I miss you so much, I think about you everyday and wonder how your doing. I just wish I could talk with you like old times. I wish I could hug you one last time. I love you my dear brother, RIP.
Posted by Ashley McGinley on 29th January 2012
uncle john i hope your having a blast up there. i keep having the same dream about you for the past couple of months and i dont know what it means and its bothering me so much because i know your trying to tell me something, but keep coming in my dreams i love seeing your face any chance i get. i love and miss you with all my heart and can not wait to see you again<3
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 26th October 2011
its the first snow of the year.a little bit early if you ask me.lately im thinking about you every hour of the day.i feel like your trying to tell me something and cant figure out what it is.i miss you
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 15th October 2011
thinking about you and missing you with all my heart.please give me the strengh to do what i have to do.wish you were here
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 27th June 2011
thinking about you alot.missing you even more.see you at the game
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 27th May 2011
Miss you, brother. xoxox
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 9th May 2011
missing you a lot.your bush is coming back to life.i wish it was you coming back.
Posted by Bernadette Oreilly on 20th April 2011
happy birthday John. i love you.
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 20th April 2011
I hope Mantle and Munson organized a game In celebration of your Birthday. Remembering you with a smile and love in my heart. xoxoxo
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 15th April 2011
its hard to believe you are not here with us.you are so missed. as time goes by this pain does not lessen.please guide andrew to the right path.he needs help.how i wish i had one more hour left with you.i feel you around all the time.i miss you
Posted by Tommy Mcginley on 13th April 2011
my brother i think of you everyday and miss you so much. As time goes by it gets harder for me. I can say this, we will me again one day and when we do im going to give you a big hug and then knock you out for causing so many people pain and sadness.
Posted by Mary McGinley on 9th April 2011
John Mcdonald wrote It took me while to talk about John.Me and John didn't see each other for about 5 years before his passing.what I remember about him the most is his tuffness never took shit from anybody and if you mess
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 28th March 2011
thinking of you a lot today.day 17 of not smoking and i know you would be so proud of me.life is so funny,one day your up and one day your down.i guess we have to figure how to make the days balance. miss you more and more
Posted by Mary McGinley on 28th February 2011
I celebrate you today my brother! I miss you so much it hurts, but one things for sure: Try, Try, Try Hey! - I've felt the coldness of my winter I never thought it would ever go. I cursed the gloom that set upon us... But I know that I love you so! Our song, "The Rain Song" Led Zep Hey, Music was our thing, thanks to you!
Posted by Elizabeth Dattolo on 28th February 2011
six years have goon by and i miss you more today than yesterday.i have a hole in my heart that can never be filled.your smile gets me through the day. wish you were here.i love you
Posted by Kathy Barrett on 27th February 2011
Do you hear me calling you, Do you feel the love that´s falling From my eyes? Only a second, It's all it takes to realize, There's a hundred thousand angels by your side There's a hundred thousand angels here tonight "Bliss" "Ever has it been that love knows not its own depth until the hour of separation." ~Kahlil Gibran Miss you every single minute of every single day. Love you, John.
Posted by Dominic Godfrey on 25th February 2011
i remember as kids we would all pretend to play cops john always had to be mannix, from the tv show and he loved baseball,loved the yankees.use to pretend he was bobby murcer and he would dive for the ball always getting banged up , and thats how he got the name tinman , wish you were still here when i am gone hope to see you at the gate ,dominic

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