John P. McGrew , 51, of Jeromesville passed away Saturday, March 4, 2017 at University Hospital Samaritan Medical Center.
John was born March 1, 1966 in Sistersville, West Virginia to James Phillip McGrew and Sharon (Long) McGrew-Weekley.
John graduated from Tyler County High School in 1984, and proudly led his high school football team to win the state championship. John received his Bachelor of Science degree with the United States Naval Academy where he was recruited and played football from 86-88. He served in the United States Navy for 15 years as a U.S. Naval Aviator. Following his time in the military, John was employed with the Union Local 565 as a pipe fitter and instrument tech.
Anyone who knew John would certainly remember his polite demeanor. His tall stature could be intimidating to some, however he was the most dignified, and respectful person. He had a gentle quality, which allowed him the ability to work with anyone. He was especially good at working with kids and helping them achieve their best. John was an intelligent man and always strived for perfection. In his spare time, he enjoyed fishing, golfing, and basketball. John also loved woodworking, boating and all sports in general. He was a fan of West Virginia University and the Pittsburgh Steelers.
John is survived by his wife, Zoraida Lacey McGrew; three step children, Phoebe Isaac of Los Angeles, CA, Mark Thomas Isaac Jr. of Denver, CO, and Ellen Isaac of Lexington; his mother, Sharon McGrew-Weekley of Waverly, WV; his siblings, Phil (Kerry Collias) McGrew of Landenberg, PA, Mark (Mary) McGrew of Altoona, IA, Keith Weekley of Charleston, WV, Melissa (Mike) Parsons of Waverly, WV, Christian Weekley of Waverly, WV; two brothers- in-law, Joseph Lacey of Ontario and Richard (Mary) Lacey of Lexington; and a sister-in-law, Michelle (Eddy) Snyder of Ontario; a mother-in-law, Maria Lacey of Ontario; numerous nieces and nephews; and his beloved pet cat, Pita.
John is preceded in death by his father, James P. McGrew; a father-in-law, Richard Lacey and a nephew, Levi Lacey.
"John also wood working"
A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 11, 2017 from 2-5 p.m. at the Life Celebration Reception Center, 129 S. Main St. Mansfield 44902. The Wappner Cremation Center is honored to serve the McGrew Family.
Words of comfort may be expressed at www.wappner.com.