John Parker McQuillin, Captain, (USN Retired)

John McQuillin obit photo First choice 64KB (1)John McQuillin 2nd choice 488KBCapt. 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.


13 Responses to John Parker McQuillin, Captain, (USN Retired)

  1. Anne king says:

    Susan: So sorry to learn this. I believe I may have met your father years ago. I know he must have been extra special in the human being department because he raised you … I am glad you were able to have him near the past couple of years. love Anne king

  2. Kathleen says:

    What a beautiful person and interesting life. Sorry for your loss you three wonderful girls and your families. I am thinking of you all and hoping that Mom is feeling all your wonderful support. You are such a special family and a great reflection on your amazing father. Godspeed………..

  3. Lyndell & Margaret Core says:

    Susan and family -Thinking of the McQuillin family at this time with the loss of John – thankful that he felt your support at the end and you feel his love always.

  4. Debbie Walker says:

    My thoughts are with the McQuillen family at this sad time.

  5. Belinda Drieci (Brown) says:

    My thoughts are prayers are with the family. I will remember him as one of the nicest men I have met.

  6. Donna Foley says:

    Susan – thinking of you and your entire family with deepest sympathy and including you in my prayers. I know your Dad will be sorely missed so I’m so glad that you have wonderful memories of him and of terrific family times together to comfort you.

  7. Howard B. (Ben) and Rita Allen says:

    During my 24 years active duty in the U. S. Navy I was honored to have served under Capt. McQullin at US Naval Communication Station, Nea Makri, Greece. I shall remember him as the BEST Commanding Officer I ever served under. His departure from this earth saddens me deeply. My heart goes out to his wonderful wife and his beautiful girls. May his honored soul rest in peace and his family find solace in prayer. Rita and I mourn with you. May God bless you all.

  8. Peter & Carol LeRoy says:

    John was a man of great integrity! His being lives on in the community he loved and loved in return. His physical presence is missed and remembered for the leadership and commitment to others displayed throughout his life in Snug Harbor. The McQuillans were great neighbors!

  9. Vickie Birdsall says:

    I received your sad news and it brought many memories from long ago. I knew John when Marilyn and I were roommates in Carmel and have followed their postings all over the world. My regret is I never got to visit them when they were living in Virginia. I kept up with the family through their photographic Christmas message. My thoughts are with you. God Bless you all

  10. Keith S Bonney says:

    John McQuillin will be greatly missed by all those who knew and loved him.

    His wife Marilyn and 3 wonderful daughters will proudly remember the man and all he accomplished.

    He was a man of many talents. John was the only person I knew who could build a house practically single handedly – carpentry, electrical, plumbing, etc. He also could build a computer with parts, shuck an oyster and cook a nice chowder.

    John will be missed but not forgotten

  11. Patricia Leslie says:

    Susan, I am so sorry to learn about the passing of your dad. I know how awful it must be for you and your family without him. He led such a glorious life that I hope your many fond memories of your lives together help ease your pain, and you can celebrate his presence on Earth.

    With sincere sympathy,

  12. Linda Swain says:

    So sorry for your loss, may he forever remain in loving memories. He made many contributions to our community while he lived here in Snug Harbor , Hertford Nc and is forever with us in spirit

  13. Holland... says:

    “Deepest Sympathy to your family God’s Word says, “He will swallow up death forever, and wipe away the tears from all faces ” Isa. 25:8…..

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