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Blake-Lamb Funeral Home

4727 West 103Rd Street, Oak Lawn, IL

OBITUARY

John "Mac" McCastland, Jr.

January 29, 1943October 1, 2019

John “Mac” McCastland, Jr. age 76 US Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran and Ret. Fire Chief and fire service instructor passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Blume); loving father of Michael (Dori), Jeffery, Timothy (Kerri), Stacey (Teri), Jaclyn (Patrick) Curran, Nicole (William III) Lynch and Marie Brown; cherished grandfather of eighteen. John is preceded in death by his parents John, Sr. and Loretta McCastland and his sister Joan (the late Donald) Klein.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 5th 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fire service walk thru 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. line-up at 6:30 p.m. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 4727 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn. A visitation will also be on Sunday, October 6th 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Blake-Lamb. Funeral Monday, October 7th at Trinity Lutheran Church 6850 W. 159th St. Tinley Park. Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, IL.

In Lieu of flowers donations to Illinois Fire Service Institute Education and Research Award Fund please visit https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/content/giving/scholarship.cfm For more information please call 708-636-1193 or visit www.blakelamboaklawn.com

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Fire Service Walk Thru Saturday, October 5, 2019
  • Visitation Sunday, October 6, 2019
  • Funeral Service Monday, October 7, 2019
  • Interment Monday, October 7, 2019

Memories

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Rachael Lynn

October 9, 2019

Sharon,
My condolences to you and your family. Wishing you peace to bring comfort and the courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your hearts.

-Rachael Neuberg
(from David's)

Mark Veldman

October 7, 2019

My condolences to the entire McCastland family, especial Mike , Tim and Jeff. I remember Mac in the stands supporting the OLHS team, rendering his coaching recommendations to the Spartan staff. And then witnessed his character ,leadership and drive to bring the Fire service to ISO 1 rating. He took humble pride in his crew . A loving Dad,old school and a committed public servant , John McCastland ,Jr has made his father proud.
Peace and prayers for Mac and his family!
Doc

Paul Hensley

October 6, 2019

Rest easy Chief Mac! You were a mentor, an example. You were a father figure at times and you stood up for and supported me even when my own chief did not . You said, “kid, stay the course, keep your mouth shut and you will prevail. We have your back.” I did prevail.
Semper Fidelis
To the McCastland family, I am truly sorry for your loss. My family and I pray for strength and healing hearts.

Roberta Heft-Eggert

October 5, 2019

My deepest condolences to his family, I grew up with Stacey and Tim. The entire family is just the nicest people. Chief Mac was always smiling and funny. RIP Sir, you truly will be missed.

Sue Huiner

October 5, 2019

My deepest sympathies to the McCastland family. MAC a true smoke eater who I had the privilege to call Pal. His friendship and encouragement over the years are something I will always treasure. I am so very sorry that I will not be able to attend his services, know that your family is in our prayers.

Jim GRADY III

October 4, 2019

To the McCastland family you are all in my prayers. Mac will always be Chief Mac, a man who helped so many, listened and offered advice. Mac you will always be in my heart. A good man and a good friend. I along with many have been blessed to call you Chief but for me you will always be Friend and Brother. God bless and rest easy brother your tour of duty has been exceptional. Love you always my brother. Jmg3

Art Zern

October 4, 2019

I first met MAC when I took my first IFSI class in the early 80's and coincidentally, it was the first IFSI class MAC taught. Over the next 30 plus years, I was fortunate to call MAC a friend and mentor. One of the best days in my career was when I taught with MAC for the first time, I was scared _______less! But as always, he was generous and as was always the case, I learned more than I taught. I always looked forward to a day alongside MAC in the classroom.

Over the years as I moved up (and down) the ladder, I frequently consulted with MAC and could always count on solid advice and considered guidance. My experience was that on more than one occasion, MAC's words of wisdom made a significant contribution to my decision making and work performance. I'm forever in his debt.

I offer my most sincere condolences to the McCastland family and my most heartfelt thanks for sharing your beloved MAC with our fire family these many years. Godspeed friend, I will miss you.

Randy Leek

October 4, 2019

To the Mac family

My sympathies to you all and peace in the memories. Thanks for sharing him with us for all these years. He exemplified leadership and greatness wherever he went and whomever he contacted. The lessons he taught and things that he passed on will be affecting the fire service and humanity in general for generations. He was a true gift and will be greatly missed!

Randy Leek

Stephen Casper

October 3, 2019

I worked for Evergreen Park and used to see Jack many times helping us out or our department going to Oak Lawn . What a great guy . He knew the job well and had great sense of humor . He will be truly missed. God Bless.✝️✝️✝️

Matt Perez

October 3, 2019

Mac was one of the most humble, kind yet badass men I have ever met. He was a great leader who had the ability to make you feel good about yourself and his believe in you overrode your self doubts. The Illinois fire service has lost a great man and the earth has lost a great human being. RIP Mac!

Biography

John “Mac” McCastland, Jr. age 76 US Vietnam Marine Corps Veteran and Ret. Fire Chief and fire service instructor passed away on Tuesday, October 1, 2019.

Beloved husband of Sharon (nee Blume); loving father of Michael (Dori), Jeffery, Timothy (Kerri), Stacey (Teri), Jaclyn (Patrick) Curran, Nicole (William III) Lynch and Marie Brown; cherished grandfather of eighteen. John is preceded in death by his parents John, Sr. and Loretta McCastland and his sister Joan (the late Donald) Klein.

Visitation will be held on Saturday, October 5th 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Fire service walk thru 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. line-up at 6:30 p.m. at Blake-Lamb Funeral Home 4727 W. 103rd St. Oak Lawn. A visitation will also be on Sunday, October 6th 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at Blake-Lamb. Funeral Monday, October 7th at Trinity Lutheran Church 6850 W. 159th St. Tinley Park. Service at 10:00 a.m. Interment Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery Elwood, IL.

In Lieu of flowers donations to Illinois Fire Service Institute Education and Research Award Fund please visit https://www.fsi.illinois.edu/content/giving/scholarship.cfm
For more information please call 708-636-1193 or visit www.blakelamboaklawn.com