WINTER HAVEN, Fla. — John’s stories were gold, his positivity contagious, his strength colossal. A stubborn fighter to the very end, John McGill bid us all farewell Wednesday, Dec. 13. Born in Sarnia, Ontario, Canada, with a thirst for adventure, John lived a storied life across Canada, overseas, Maine and finally Florida. He modeled work ethic, oftentimes holding two to three jobs at once — from chicken plant supervisor to director of operations of Social Security Disabilities for the state of Maine, and everything in between. A skilled wheeler and dealer, gifted cook and master of crosswords, he loved collecting and trading guns, motorcycles, all-you-can-eat buffets and a bargain.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara McGill; children, Angus (Sarah) McGill, Molly (Erik) McGill/Flanagan, Angela (Jake) Additon/Doucette, Jennifer (Tad) Jacobs, Michelle (Shannon) Brooker; siblings, Cathy (Dan) Cox and Ted (Charlene) McGill of Canada; and 11 treasured grandchildren.
If you knew John, chances are you fell prey to his charismatic charm and wit or were enamored by his storytelling and playful sense of humor as we all were. Keep him in your thoughts, share stories, laugh a lot — that’s how he’d want it.
John R. McGill