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Joseph Michael McDade
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Congressman Joseph M. McDade

Beloved husband, father, brother and friend, former Congressman Joseph Michael McDade, 85, passed away on Sunday, September 24, 2017 at his Fairfax, VA home. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania on September 29, 1931 to Genevieve Hayes and John B. McDade, he graduated from Scranton Prep in 1949, Notre Dame University in 1953, and University of Pennsylvania Law School in 1956. First elected to Congress in 1962, Mr. McDade with great pride represented 10 counties in Northeastern Pennsylvania for 36 years, retiring in 1999. A life-long Republican, Mr. McDade rose to the highest ranks of the House of Representatives and was known for his ability to help and befriend Members of Congress on both sides of the aisle. An expert in affairs affecting the Department of Defense, NASA, Energy and Water, and the National Park Service, Mr. McDade diligently schooled himself in ways to assist his constituents with issues involving the federal government. Mr. McDade’s natural “joi de vivre” was shared with those fortunate enough to be called an acquaintance or good friend.

Mr. McDade was a trustee emeritus of the Kennedy Center, Ford’s Theatre, and the University of Scranton.

Mr. McDade is survived by his wife, the former Sarah Scripture, his children, Joseph M. McDade, Jr., Aileen McDade, Deborah Bell, Mark McDade, Jared McDade, his sisters Mary Gene Butler, Genevieve Tuthill, Ann Dwyer, his grandchildren Austin Bell, Savannah Bell, Perry Jorss, Haley Jorss, Madeleine McDade, Molly McDade. Other survivors are Tess McDade, Sheriff Kamara, and Seth Kusi. His brother, Dr. John P. McDade, pre-deceased him.

Mr. McDade’s family will receive friends at Money and King Funeral Home, 171 West Maple Avenue, Vienna VA from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 27th, where funeral services will be held on Thursday at 11 a.m. A second service will be at Strong, Burns and Sprock Funeral Home, 7751 Merrick Road, Rome NY on Saturday, September 30th at 11 a.m. At a later date, a memorial service will be held in Scranton. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions would be gratefully received by non-profit Rome Cemetery Association, P.O. Box 464, Rome, NY 13442.

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6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180





11:00 AM
Money & King Funeral Home

171 W. Maple Ave.
Vienna, VA 22180

Cemetery Details


Rome Cemetery

1500 Jervis Ave.
Rome , New York 13440


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