Capt. John Parker McQuillin (USN Retired) of McLean, Virginia, passed away on January 22. The cause of death was a stroke. He is survived by his beloved wife Marilyn; his brother Norman Bigelow McQuillin (Anne) of Coatesville, Pennsylvania; daughter Susan (Keith) Bonney; daughter Kathy (Todd) Vander Woude; daughter Nancy (Robert) Shoemaker; four grandchildren Kristen and Kaitlyn Vander Woude and Sam and Ben Shoemaker.
John was born in Brooklyn, NY, in October 1929. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, then the University of Idaho on a Navy ROTC scholarship. He met Marilyn Haney in Carmel, California, while he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and they married in 1958. He served on several ships during his career, mostly in the amphibious and special forces. He commanded the destroyer the USS Charles S. Sperry and the U.S. Naval Communications Station in Nea Makri, Greece. For five years before he retired in 1981, Capt. McQuillin was Assistant Chief of Staff, Communications, of Supreme Allied Command Atlantic in Norfolk, Virginia.
After retiring, he built a house singlehandedly on their vacation property in Hertford, N.C. along the Yeopim River and Albemarle Sound, then moved there full time in 1985. The family enjoyed many visits to their river home and cruising the river in his pontoon boat.
Their Hertford community, Snug Harbor, remembers him with much fondness and respect. He gave of his time in many ways to make the community a better place. He served as President, Treasurer, and Secretary of the Snug Harbor Property Owners Association Board. He served as a voluntary maintenance man taking care of the swimming pool and property. His friends there say that last but not least, he received many accolades for his bartending skills.John and Marilyn moved to McLean, Virginia in February 2014 to be closer to their daughters’ families.
He and Marilyn enjoyed traveling in the U.S. and around the world. He honed his gourmet cooking skills after retiring from the Navy and served many special meals to Marilyn and his family.
In lieu of flowers, donations are suggested to Capital Caring Hospice (in memoriam John McQuillin) 4715 15th Street North, Arlington, VA 22205). He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors at a later future date.