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John J. McGraw

November 20, 2022

John J. McGrawJohn J. McGraw, 63, of Pillar Point, passed away suddenly Sunday, November 20, at his home.

John was born February 20, 1959 in Watertown, the son of Francis H. and Marion F. Robinson McGraw. He was a 1977 graduate of Watertown High School.

John served in the U.S. Navy as an F-14 Avionics Technician from May 1983 until his honorable discharge in May 1987. He went on to become a Journeyman Electrician and was a member of the local IBEW-910. More recently, he worked as a civilian employee on Ft. Drum and with the Army Corp. of Engineers.

He married the love of his life, Donna, on August 8, 2008 at their Pillar Point home. John was a proud American who loved his family with all he had. He was generous and wise beyond measure. He was stoic yet soft and never missed an opportunity to help where he could or offer a kind word. John loved animals, and enjoyed wood working, home improvements, duck hunting, and boating. He treasured spending time with family, his grandchildren were his pride and joy.

He is survived by his wife Donna and their dog Toby; his 3 daughters, Angela Kriigel and her husband Eric, of Chaumont, Danielle Burns and her fiancée, Ryan Gorskie, of Spring Hill, FL, Jenna Wightman and her husband Tory, of Poway, CA. 7 grandchildren; Shayla, Jamison, Alayna, Lana, Grant, Jamison, Robert and 2 sisters, Maureen P. Williams and Susan M. Hasselbalch, both of Dexter as well as an aunt, 2 nieces, 4 great nephews and several cousins. He is predeceased by his parents, sister Nancy Elizabeth McGraw, his firstborn grandson Jayden Kriigel and his beloved chocolate labs Charlie and Woodrow.

There are no services at this time per John’s wishes and arrangements are entrusted with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. The family is planning a Celebration of Life in the Spring. Donations in John's name may be made online to www.k9sforwarriors.org. Online condolences to his family may be posted at Cummings Funeral Service.


#16 Sid Congrove 2022-12-16 12:58
Sorry to hear of your passing Brother. We had many good times, on the job and off. Rest easy.
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#15 Mary Chris Lundy 2022-11-28 00:07
Sue, Maureen and family ~ Sending Love, Hugs & Prayers to all at this difficult time & in the future. Cherish the memories & experiences shared as he will always be with you. Rest in peace, John.
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#14 Joe and Pat Gravelle 2022-11-27 19:29
We are sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our sincere condolences to the family.
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#13 Joe and Pat Gravelle 2022-11-27 19:26
We are so sorry to hear of John’s passing. Our sincere condolences to the family.
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#12 Teresa Leavery 2022-11-27 12:32
John was a fellow classmate at Holy Family School. His obituary captured his sweet nature and beautiful personality traits. My sincere condolences during this difficult time.
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#11 Wayne Prosser 2022-11-27 10:28
To the McGraw family sorry to see this here news about John may God Bless his Family at this time he and his family were always beautiful folks my family used to rent half of their home on S Hamilton St yrs ago RIP MY FRIEND
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#10 Martin Gallagher 2022-11-27 10:21
John was one of my 1st friends growing up.Went threw school together.Lots a good times and will truly be missed love to all
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#9 Matt Fitzpatrick 2022-11-26 16:29
Always enjoyed hanging with John and had many good times. Was a great friend. Our condolences to Donna and family, Maureen and Sue.
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#8 Tim Farrell 2022-11-26 15:28
I am deeply saddened to hear of John’s passing. He was a good man, with the best intentions. We shared many good times back in the day. My thoughts and sympathy go out to everyone in his family. Truly a huge loss.

Tim F
Spring TX
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#7 Erica Doane-Gonzalez 2022-11-26 14:12
Saddened for the family- he was a great family man. RIP John and may your memory live on to touch those during this hard time.
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