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John Thompson Magill, Jr., 90


May 29, 2014


John Thompson "Jack" Magill, Jr., 90, of 24 Tower View Circle Danville PA and formerly of Riverside PA passed away Wednesday evening, May 28, 2014 at Emmanuel Nursing Center at Maria Joseph Manor Danville PA. He was born August 11, 1923 in Danville PA the son of the late John T., Sr. and Jessie Davis Magill.

He graduated from Danville High School in 1941 where he served as Class President and subsequently served as Chairman of the Reunion Committee for many years.  He attended Bucknell University.  He served his country in the United States Army as an engineer during the World War II European Theatre of Operations.  He was the founder of Magill Coal and Lumberyard in Danville where he worked for over 25 years. He later was employed as a building inspector by the PA Department of Labor and Industry, from which he retired.

Jack was a dedicated member of Grove Presbyterian Church where he sang in the choir, and served as an elder, trustee and deacon.  He was especially known for his glad handing, greeting and escorting people into the church.  Jack was a member of the PA Coal Dealers' Association and the founding member and President of the Montour Rod and Gun Club in Weikert PA.  His other memberships included the Montour County Historical Society, Danville Elks where he was a proud member of the '47 Softball Team; American Legion, Danville Mahoning Lodge #224 F & AM and Danville Kiwanis.  He thoroughly enjoyed working with the Food Bank, driving for the Good Samaritan Mission and helped to form the Danville Community Band where he played the clarinet. 

He especially loved time with his family and friends, telling tales and loved nature.  He was known as a man of 10,000 one-liners and frequently quoted Shakespeare, Robert Frost, Ben Franklin and random French phrases.  One of his greatest enjoyments was a well-played game of snookers. He considered Max Shulman, author of The Feather Merchants (1944) a literary genius.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Gladys Young Magill from Northumberland PA  whom he married October 13, 1946.  Also surviving is one son, Dr. John T. Magill, III and his wife Betsy of Lewisburg PA and two daughters; Christine M.  Kamon and her husband Mark of Kennedyville MD  and Dr. Elizabeth M. Billingsley and her husband Mel of Hershey PA. He is also survived by nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by one brother, Thomas D. Magill, Sr. and one sister, Lydia M. Shuck.  Also surviving are several nieces and nephews.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend a Memorial Service to be held Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at 12:00 Noon at Grove Presbyterian Church 330 Bloom Street Danville PA with the Reverend Dr. Robert J. Andrews officiating.  Burial will be private. Friends will be received from 10:00 to 11:45 AM in the Great Room at the Church. The family will provide flowers.  Memorial contributions may be made to the church or the Montour County Historical Society 1 Bloom Street Danville PA. 

Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA.    www.visneski.com


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