James P. McGilley III

March 30, 1950October 30, 2020

James McGilley October 30, 2020 Leawood, Kansas - James P. McGilley III, 70, a longtime KC resident, passed away in Florida with family by his side on October 30. Jimmy, (AKA Digger), fought a brave battle with lung cancer. He lived by the song, "I Did It My Way"! His picture seems to capture his bigger than life personality, and although we know he is going to a happier place, there has been some discussion about a brief layover in Purgatory! At the end, he spent countless hours calling friends and family, thus gaining his newest nickname: Jimmy Jimmy 3 Phones. A Celebration of His Life, as well as a full obituary, will happen in the Spring of 2021. If Jimmy had the opportunity now, he would just want to say to all – "As always, have a quality day! Cheers, Jimmy".

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Lori Richards

November 20, 2020

My dear Jimmy, I had so much fun with you. You were such a great friend. I will miss you so > Your Alaska Girl> Lori ❤️

Mack Smith

November 12, 2020

What a fun, loving guy!!! After working with Jimmy, playing ball with him and spending a little time with him in Westport back in the day, I don't know anyone that enjoyed life any better than him.

Thanks for the memories, Jimmy. May God Bless!

Mack Smith

Jon Browne, MD

November 11, 2020

What a guy! A wonderful friend, compassionate professional that I got to know too much, engaging personality and surprisingly a good patient.
I'll always treasure our dinners together with the three bachelors, Tom Pruett, Jimmy and myself. I'm having a Mass said for you to lessen your delay time in purgatory.
RIP good friend...
Jon Browne, MD

Joe Dukich

November 9, 2020

Jim was one of the most personable and outgoing at our monthly RHS lunch meetings. Such individuals are greatly needed to help others maintain some perspective on Life. And maybe it was his career in dealing with death and easing the pain of others that perfected his talent.

Jim will be missed.

Big Pat Ervin

November 8, 2020

I'm going to try like hell to work your funeral in the spring, Jimmy. I'm sure you'll be done with Purgatory by then!
Pat Ervin

Hilario Zendejas Jr

November 8, 2020

My friend Jimmy RIP
I always treasure the time you spent in my home helping me set up my preburial plan. His sense of humor when I said “make sure I look good when my time comes”, he said “buddy you’re pushing it “. The McGilley family has always been friendly and compassionate to my family, starting with daddy McGilley. He once told me if Jimmy didn’t treat me right he would box his ears. When I shared that with Jimmy, he said yes he probably would have.

Rest In Peace my friend. Thank you for the friendship over the many years. I will miss your big laughter & our short visit at Dr Brown’s office.

Trudy & HilarioZendejas

John Fagan

November 8, 2020

Jimmy Boy,

It was a lesson in life knowing you.
With your boundless energy, I know you will be volunteering to help everyone that you run into into on this next chapter.
May God bless you!

Charlie Miller

November 8, 2020

You did it your way all of your life.

Buzz O'Brien

November 7, 2020

Seamus, You really did know how to have a "quality day". I always had one when we were hanging out. You helped smooth out my transition back to KC. Memories back to 6th grade, too many to mention. Life of the party was your mantra and your presence instantly made it a party.

More importantly you helped people during their toughest moments, professionally and personally. Hundreds of times. I watched it happen. Wherever there is a good Bar BQ we will toast you with an "Irish" and think of the good times.


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