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John William McGinnis

July 6, 1957 February 8, 2018
John William McGinnis
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Obituary for John William McGinnis

John William McGinnis, 60, of Vienna Virginia, died Thursday, February 8, 2018. John was born July 6,1957 in Jamaica, New York. John is survived by his loving wife of over 28 years, Paula D. McGinnis. Two daughters, Meghan McGinnis Mason and husband Robert. Brenna McGinnis Prince and her husband Sean. Seven grandchildren; Hannah Mason, Harper Mason, Ethan McGinnis, Owen Prince, Ben Prince, Landon Prince and Dallin Prince. His sister, Debbie McGinnis Mori and husband Bud, nephew William Mori and niece Page Mori. His kitties,
Ms. T, Gus, Tobias and Loki. Numerous cousins, his Aunt Moo and many dear friends.
John retired from a career at Giant after 30 years but he certainly didn’t retire from life.
1957-2018, “Pappa” John filled that dash with a lifetime of memories that his family and friends will cherish in the years to come. His larger than life happy gregarious laugh will be missed most of all.
Working on bikes for kids, rebuilding lawnmowers, road trips with friends and family. Anytime you caught up with “Pappa” John he was planning his next adventure with his grandchildren, road trip with his sister Debbie, his many bike trips both local and afar or working on raising funds for a cause near to his heart, Camp Jamison, and of course his volunteer work at Camp Jamison every summer for the past six years, in his words, getting so much more than he gave to the children at the camp. He was never far from his grandchildren for very long. Spending time with them was one of the great joys of his life.
John loved life and loved working with his hands. Rebuilding bikes, lawnmowers, tinkering on cars and if the weather was inclement he’d put together one of his many model cars. Never one to sit idle, in spite of the many health issues life threw at him he was always up for fun with his family and friends. Talk to his nephew William and he’ll tell you about his “crazy uncle” that had him climbing trees on a mini bike in Myrtle Beach. His niece Page will tell you of falling out of chairs, German festivals in the Catskills and camping. His sister Debbie will forever treasure their “crazy road trips” as she called them that they seemed to take every few months to visit family and friends and will mourn the loss of their weekly chats.
Meghan has so many wonderful memories of time spent with her dad, ski trips, fishing, swimming and trips to the Catskills.
Brenna cherishes the memories of trips to the Catskills and Brooklyn in their search for family history and genealogy, fishing and ski trips.
John continued this tradition with his grandchildren. Breakfast with “his girls” Hannah and Harper, fishing trips and Hannah’s new love of soccer.
His many trips to the Catskills with Ethan, fishing, bike riding. As Ethan got older he became grandpa’s copilot, enjoying trips to Cooperstown and “Pappa” John loved having Ethan come to Camp Jamison.
Owen, Ben and Landon shared their time with “Pappa” John, going to pumpkin patches, fishing, parks, hanging out in the backyard was an adventure when “Pappa” John came to visit.
John was so very excited about his newest grandson, Dallin, and was so looking forward to meeting him.
Being a grandpa, spending time and being silly with his grandchildren was one of his favorite pastimes possibly because John was still a child at heart. From his funny one- liners to his many pratfalls John was one of a kind, sweet teddy bear of a guy who always had a kind word and a hug for his many friends and family.
Paula, his “true north”, always keeping him grounded in his adventures, she shared his love of good music, quality time, teasing him about the shows he’d watch. Their time together was spent enjoying their kitties and planning the things that they were going to do, the trips they’d take together once she retired. John was always so proud to fix things around the house to make life easier for Paula. It was apparent early on that the “chef” in the family was John, and he relished his time in the kitchen, making baked ziti or chicken and rice, keeping Paula fed and blessedly happy in their 28 plus years of marriage.
A celebration of life will be held later this year for family and friends, details will follow at a later date.
The family asks in lieu of flowers for contributions to a charity near and dear to John’s heart, Camp Jamison at


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