Mount Vernon News

Mount Vernon News
July 11, 2012 1:38 pm EDT


ROANOKE, Va. — John Francis McShane of Roanoke, Va., died Monday, July 9, 2012.

John was the son of the late Archibald and Elizabeth McShane, born in Pawcutuck, Conn., attended Connecticut schools and married the late Marcia Attwood Heath of Stonington, Conn., April 30, 1949, in Stonington. John was a veteran of World War II serving in the U.S. Navy primarily in the Pacific Theatre on the USS Birmingham and earning a Bronze Star. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1954. He worked for Cooper Industries and Gardner-Denver in Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. He had been an active member of the Episcopal Church, the American Legion and the Florida Masonic Lodge.

John is survived by his daughter, Marian, and son-in-law, William Headington of Rainbow City, Ala.; granddaughters, Patrice Headington Lane of Tucker, Ga.; and Lisa Headington Gillespie of Jacksonville, Ala.; great-grandson, William L. Gillespie; and a brother, Eugene McShame of Pittsburgh, Pa.

A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 42 E. Main St., Salem, Va. The family will receive friends in the Parish Hall following the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church or to a charity of one’s choice.

Arrangements by Simpson Funeral Home & Crematory, Roanoke, Va.

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