Jack McGoldrick, age 94, passed away at his home in Brevard, North Carolina, on June 28, 2021.
A native of Brooklyn, he grew up in Forest Hills, NY, the son of Frank and Jean McGoldrick. He was preceded in death by his wife, Peggy, following a 65-year marriage that produced six children.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a degree in journalism, he saw active duty as an infantry officer in the 2nd Marine Division and as a public affairs officer at HQ4th MCRD in Philadelphia. There he met Peggy, a fellow Marine. On release from the military, they were married in 1952. She died in 2017.
After a long career with American Can Company, Jack took early retirement as vice president of corporate communications. With their kids grown, he and Peggy moved to Brevard, NC, from where he continued working for another 10 years as a marketing and public relations consultant in the packaging industry.
In Brevard Jack found time to serve as an active board member of the Transylvania County Library Foundation and was treasurer during the campaign to build the new library in the 1980s. He was also a member of the original Community Advisory Board for Western North Carolina Public Radio, a member of Sacred Heart parish and a long-time volunteer at Sharing House.
He is survived by six children, Bob of Westport, NY (Elaine); Kevin of Spring, TX (Deborah); Meg Tweedy of Darien, CT (Jim); Mary McGinnis of Durham, NC (John); Christopher of Darien, CT (Sue) and Anne Koo of Denver (Jack). He is also survived by eight grandchildren. His sister, Jean, and two grandsons predeceased him.
A memorial mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 18, 2021 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Brevard with Father Shawn O'Neal officiating.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his memory to the Transylvania County Library Foundation.
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