OBITUARY

James J. McDermott

November 20, 1925January 10, 2019
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Retired Commander James Joseph McDermott, United States Navy, of West Chester, PA, passed away on January 10, 2019. He was the husband of 46 years to the late Simone (Salvas) McDermott. He led a distinguished 32 year career in the United States Navy, initially enlisting to serve aboard submarines, and eventually rising to the rank of Commander leading two submarine rescue ships that directed a deep sea diving operation that set a new world record of 870 feet. For this, he was awarded the Legion of Merit.

He loved being at sea and was known as a colorful man with a sharp sense of humor. He is survived by his two sons and their wives; Michael Thomas McDermott and Cathi Sitzman of Washington, DC; and James Joseph McDermott, III and Ann Macon McDermott of Wayne, PA, along with six grandchildren and three great grand children. Services and burial with full military honors will be held at Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA. at a date to determined. All are welcome. Services will be held on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at Arlington National Cemetery. Church service will begin promptly at 10:45am. Please arrive approx.10am. Full military honors and burial will follow. If you are unfamiliar with Arlington National Cemetery the link below may be of assistance.

https://arlingtoncemetery.mil/Funerals/Attending

Services

  • Chapel SAervice

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

  • Committal Service

    Tuesday, June 11, 2019

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Paul McDermott

January 16, 2019

Martha Kanter

January 15, 2019

Dear Mike, Cathi and your wonderful family,
Please accept our heartfelt sympathies on your loss. What an extraordinary, brave leader, father and grandpa he must have been. Thank you for sharing these photos with us.
Sending our love and condolences,
Martha & Ira

Michael McDermott

January 15, 2019

Michael McDermott

January 15, 2019

Anya McDermott

January 14, 2019

Anya McDermott

January 14, 2019

Anya McDermott

January 14, 2019

Anya McDermott

January 14, 2019

Anya McDermott

January 14, 2019

Anya McDermott

January 14, 2019

FROM THE FAMILY