John Robert McDermott
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Oct 17, 1929
  • Place of birth:
    Los Angles, California, United States
  • Date of passing: Jul 8, 2015
  • Place of passing:
    Tyler, Texas, United States
John Robert- "The Penny Way"
This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, John McDermott, 85, born on October 17, 1929 and passed away on July 8, 2015. We will remember him forever.
For those who would like to celebrate John's life and feel the need to share/give, please think of the Carmellite fathers in Middletown NY, Mout Carmel High School foundation, the American Cancer Society, or any other worthy cause and charity you feel strongly about.  Thanks!
John is laid to rest at Restland Memorial Park in Richaradson/Dallas TX.
Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Susan Bradley on 16th August 2015

"A few thoughts at the passing of JR McDermott from Bob and Susan
I first remember hearing about "Mr. McDermott" when I was an employee of JCPenney. Arriving at work one morning, the atmosphere was crisp and attentive. Management was on high alert because Mr. McDermott was coming for a visit. He commanded respect  and everyone was eager to impress. later I got to know him on a more personal level as "JR",  Mike's dad. Someone who loved family and friends, but to me he will always be "Mr. McDermott.

I was a young management trainee at Valco Penneys, when I had my first one-on-one with JR. he took me out into the mall and as we walked by each store he shared his retail wisdom. Why one business was successful...While another would fail. He had an ease with which he shared his knowledge, knowledge gained from years in the industry and a successful career. He was warm and encouraging and I saw the man behind the position he held. That walk down the mall shaped the decisions I made in my career, decisions that still resonate today.

I'm Irish. Until I met Mike, I never really thought about my Irish heritage. But as we all know, Mike McDermott is two things for sure, a Texan and Irish. Mike's love of all things Irish came from his dad, who loved Ireland and passed that love on to Mike. JR visited McDermott's pub on a trip to Ireland and a picture of that pub now hangs in Mike and Kathy's home. When traveling to Ireland, Bob and I visited the same pub. So in honor of JR's passing I share this saying found on an old Irish headstone
"Death leaves a heartache no one can heal; Love leaves a memory no one can steal""

This tribute was added by Margaret Hester on 3rd August 2015

"Aloha Mike and Margaret,
Modern technology! going to save the picture of your dad's stuff and store on my computer. Hope you got your card and I have my fond memories of your dad growing up. Both of your parents. Feel sometimes like I grew up in your family. Much love and positive thoughts. Now I know I have pictures of all of us just need to find where  my picture of Father Nagel is.   Much love and support   Sharon   xoxox"

This tribute was added by Margaret Hester on 25th July 2015

"Dear Margaret and family,

So sorry to hear about your dad.  Thoughts and prayers with all of you.  As you said ... he's in a better place now.

This tribute was added by Lauren McDermott on 22nd July 2015

"My fondest memories of my grandfather can be summed-up in a series of hand-written letters. Although phone calls, emails, and social media began to dominate the communication forum, JR always took the time to write to my sister and  I: to let us know he was thinking of us and that he cared. The dolls, jewelry items, and other sweet gifts given to us throughout the years may come and go out of style - but his words never will. I hope to honor his memory by living-up to even half the granddaughter he believed I was and the woman I would be. Cheers to a man who never compromised who he was, who remembered every birthday, and who drove all the way from Texas for a simple 8th grade graduation. He was a caring father and grandfather, and I always looked forward to him letters and his visits (seldom though they were). My heavy heart is with his children, grandchildren, and all those left behind during this difficult time; may love and peace find you as they did for him. XOXO"

This tribute was added by Terry Caldwell on 22nd July 2015

"We met "Dad" 27 years ago when we met our new wonderful neighbor/family Mike and Kathy and Lauren and Devon.  We have such wonderful memories of John making his many cross country trips and stopping and staying with his family on Josephine Ave.  He had wonderful stories and gave us lots of laughs.  He was a loving grandfather to gorgeous Lauren and Devon and the best father in law to Kathy.  He was the greatest father to Mike and I know that he will be missed by many people- family and friends and all of us on Josephine Ave. in San Jose California"

This tribute was added by Karolyn Gorham on 21st July 2015

"Thinking about you, Margaret, and hoping fond memories of your dad will bring you comfort. Many hugs to you and the family."

This tribute was added by Brad Pohlmann on 18th July 2015


Sorry to hear this... I will always remember our golf outings and the meals at the Mexican restaurant with your dad. I haven't played golf since my dad passed a few years ago. My thoughts are with you and your family.
All My Best,

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Mike McDermott
Margaret Hester


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