John Matthew McVey
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Newburyport - John Matthew McVey, 90, of Newburyport, formerly of North Andover, died early Saturday Morning at Anna Jaques Hospital in Newburyport. He was the beloved husband of 60 years to Jean C. (Milner) McVey.
Born in Andover, November 2, 1928, he was one of three sons of the late Edward and Katherine (Sweeney) McVey. After high school he enlisted in the United States Navy, proudly serving from June 13, 1946 until his honorable discharge on June 16, 1948. Not quite four years later John enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War, serving from April 14, 1952 until October 6, 1953, honorably discharged with the rank of 1st Lieutenant.
After his military service he went on to receive a bachelor's degree from Queens University in Ontario, Canada. This led to a thirty nine-year career at Brooks School in North Andover, where he was a very well-liked and respected teacher and coach. Throughout his years at Brooks he influenced countless students, giving them the confidence that they needed to face the challenges and rewards of higher education. His four sons also benefited from the same guidance and advice that he shared with his students, instilling in them the desire to thrive.
In addition to his wife, Jean of Newburyport, he also leaves behind his four sons, Sean M. McVey and wife, Patricia of Newington, Conn.., Christian D. McVey of North Andover, C. Peter McVey and wife Judy of Wakefield and Cameron T. McVey and wife LJ of Steamboat Springs, Colo.; his four grandchildren, who never failed to amaze him, Kelly Lockard and husband Brady of Boston, Jessica Staropoli and husband Michael of Georgetown, Jillian McVey of Boston and Timothy McVey of San Diego, along with several nieces and a nephew, extended family and dear friends. He was predeceased by his two brothers Edward McVey and Paul McVey and their respective spouses, Ruth and Ann.
He will always be remembered for his sincere dedication as a husband, father, grandfather, son, brother, uncle and friend, as well as an educator, not only of his students, but everyone in his life, and above all else, his gift of inspiration.
Funeral Services will private. Memorial donations may be made to Brooks School (c/o John McVey Fellowship in Teaching), 1160 Great Pond Road, North Andover, MA 01845,
Published on September 13, 2019


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