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Malec & Sons Funeral Home

6000 North Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL

OBITUARY

In Loving Memory of Michael Patrick McDermott

August 18, 1960September 11, 2020
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Michael Patrick McDermott, at rest September 11, 2020. Veteran of the United States Navy.

A visitation will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 4:00 - 8:00 pm, at Malec & Sons Funeral Home, 6000 N. Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, the family request's that donations be made in Michael's memory to the American Brain Foundation.

In consideration of the safety of our guests and associates, Malec & Sons Funeral Home will adhere to the current gathering restrictions in the State of Illinois, which allow 50 or fewer guests at services. Proper social distancing must be practiced, and all guests will be required to wear facemasks at all times. Thank you for your cooperation.

Family and friends will meet at 11:30 am on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, for Military Honors and a committal service which will take place at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery, 20953 W. Hoff Road, in Elwood, Illinois. The services will begin precisely at 12:00 pm, Noon.

Due to current restrictions regarding the COVID - 19 pandemic, only 20 people are allowed to attend the service at Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery. Please contact the family directly regarding coordination of who will be allowed to attend the service. Attendees will be required to wear facemasks. Again, thank you for your cooperation.

Services

  • Visitation

    Monday, September 14, 2020

  • Military Honors & Committal Service

    Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Memories

In Loving Memory of Michael Patrick McDermott

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James McDermott

September 14, 2020

Michael and the USS SCULPIN (USN) at Toulon, France 1986. This Sculpin - the second submarine so designated - was launched just a few months prior to Mike's birth.

James McDermott

September 14, 2020

OCT 1986: From the USS SCULPIN: Mike dispatched this post card to me, on the occasion of my birthday anniversary (we've only one birth day of course), from the Sculpin's temporary port of call in Toulon, France - aka the French Riviera - where he and crew enjoyed two weeks of French hospitality and sunshine. I also retain many other letters and cards shared by my sister Laura as well as by Mike. Laura wrote from her posts whilst devoted to the U.S. Army and its good work in New Jersey, Colorado and later the DMZ in South Korea.

FYI: Many seem to have forgotten that were it not for the assistance of France, the United States might never have come into existence, and our Founders would have been hanged. Therefore, VIVA LA FRANCE and VIVA LA LAFAYETTE! Rousseau ('Du Contrat Social') and Voltaire as well: "Someday, all shall be well." Voltaire

James McDermott

September 14, 2020

As Micheal, at age 18, departed to return to his studies in physics and electrical engineering at the University of Illinois, Urbana, in January 1979, I asked him to pause for a quick image acquired with my old Pentax-K1000; I developed the film in those days (contrast a bit to great, but such is life). He was a member of the engineering fraternity Pi Kappa Phi, located two blocks north of the stadium. I joined him on campus to study engineering, chemistry and geoscience, in August 1980.

James McDermott

September 14, 2020

Michael's first wife, Laura McDermott (nee Johnson; married circa 1982) if I recall correctly), left center, along with her close friends, Mike's youngest brother and sister, William and Laura, circa 1977. I saw Michael and Laura off to their new home in Idaho Falls, ID, driving his black 280Z, where Mike was to study nuclear science and engineering. They experienced the Mag 6.9 !! 28 Oct 1983 Mount Borah earthquake event whilst there. Mike reported that they were awoken by the violent shaking before dawn, observing the cat apparently 'levitating' above their dresser very briefly. I knew Laura quite well, and both Mike and I admired here parents. Intense study occupied most of Mike's time in those years, as when I visited him in 1984 in Groton, CT, where he studied in a concrete bunker facility with armed marine guards at the entrance.

Geri Radivich

September 14, 2020

Sister Dorothy, Laura and family, I am so sorry for your loss. My sincere condolences. Prayers
Geri Radivich

Philip McDermott

September 13, 2020

Philip McDermott

September 13, 2020

Mike and Bill at Wrigley

Philip McDermott

September 13, 2020

Mike and Laura at Wrigley to see the World Champion Cubs

MICHELE Byrne

September 13, 2020

My deepest sympathies to the Mcdermott family. May his memory be eternal, Godspeed.
Love
Byrne Family

Lucy Thompson

September 13, 2020

He was a very Special man. I know Joanne really cared for him and talked about him alot. Thought of him as family. Laura Sister Dorthy
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