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Obituary for John "Jack" J. MacVeigh, III

John J. MacVeigh III, known affectionately as Jack, passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 11, 2024, at the age of 96, in Cape May Court House, NJ.

Born on September 24, 1927, in Ridley Park, PA, Jack was a man whose life was marked by service, community involvement, and a deep love for his family and friends.

Jack was the cherished son of the late John Joseph MacVeigh, Jr. and Irene May (Schuler) MacVeigh. He was the beloved husband of the late Marge MacVeigh, with whom he shared a lifetime of memories and love. His legacy continues through his devoted son, John J. “Johnny” MacVeigh, IV, and Johnny’s stepsister, Gloria Laken. Jack held a very special place in his heart for his wife’s children, Mary Lou Baker (Glenn), William Hagner (Lois), and Christopher Hagner (Alexis), all of whom he embraced as his own. He is also survived by 7 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren.

A proud alumnus of Lafayette College, Jack received his bachelor’s degree and went on to serve his country as a US Navy veteran. His commitment to public service was further exemplified in his remarkable tenure as the Mayor of Glenolden, where he dedicated 20 years to the betterment of the community he so loved. Jack's professional career was equally distinguished, having retired from John Hancock Insurance Company, after many years of dedicated service.

Jack's passion for community service was evident in his role as the former Chief, past president, and lifetime member of the Glenolden Fire Company, Station 5. He was extremely proud to be a member of the fire company for 77 years. Even up to the day he passed away, Jack was serving as president of the Glenolden Fire Company Relief Association.

He also generously gave his time as a volunteer for the Delaware County Housing Authority, always striving to make a difference in the lives of others.

An avid world traveler, Jack's sense of adventure took him to many beautiful places around the globe, enriching his life with diverse experiences and cultures. When he wasn't exploring the world, he could be found tending to his flowers and garden.

In his younger years, Jack was a talented athlete, having played baseball, basketball, and football in school and college. After his retirement, he shared his sports knowledge with the Widener University Baseball Team as their pitching coach. His love for sports was a testament to his competitive spirit and his belief in the power of teamwork and camaraderie.
Those who knew Jack would describe him as a true old-fashioned gentleman, charismatic, loving, wise, and selfless. He was a man who led by example, showing kindness and generosity in every aspect of his life. His selfless nature made him a pillar of strength for his family and community.

As we bid farewell to John J. MacVeigh III, we celebrate a life well-lived, a journey well-traveled, and a legacy that will forever be cherished. His memory will be held in the highest regard, a beacon of love and selflessness that will continue to shine brightly in the hearts of all who loved him.

All of Jack’s family, friends, and fellow firefighters, are invited to say goodbye and celebrate his life at a graveside service to be held at 10:30 A.M. on Saturday, January 20, 2024, at Edgewood Memorial Park, 325 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA. Military honors will be conducted at the cemetery. Immediately following the service, all family, friends, and firefighters are invited to a reception to be held in the Glenolden Fire Company, 123 South Chester Pike, Glenolden, PA, 19036.

In lieu of flowers, Jack’s family asks that you consider donating to the Glenolden Fire Company. Checks can be mailed directly to the fire company address shown above or electronically using this PayPal link: /?hosted_button_id=6JSWN436SAAKA/