John "Jack" McDermott
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“John, I am deeply saddened to learn of your dad's passing. I've known Jack for nearly 50 years. In fact he worked for me briefly before going...Read More »
1 of 12 | Posted by: Jerry Rombach - Elyria, OH

“Jack was a good friend for many, many years. We used to go to 'breakfast' after covering basketball or football on Friday nights. It gave us a chance...Read More »
2 of 12 | Posted by: Tim Gebhardt - Elyria, OH

“Mr. (Mike) McDermott, I totally remember you talking about your brother and his work at the Lorain Journal when I was your student at Prospect School...Read More »
3 of 12 | Posted by: Toni (Moscovits) Harlow

“Was so sorry to hear about Mr.McD. I know it's been a while since I've seen you all. I did enjoy all the time I spent with you all, way back in...Read More »
4 of 12 | Posted by: Chris (Baran) Harper - OH

“Hello McDermott Family- We were deeply saddened by the news of Jack passing away. Those years we had together as he covered the Shoregal Basketball...Read More »
5 of 12 | Posted by: Amy Manco - avon lake, OH

“So very very sorry for your loss, my thoughts and prayers are with you all at this difficult time--God Bless! ”
6 of 12 | Posted by: Laura

“My deepest condolences to the McDermott family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. ”
7 of 12 | Posted by: Ted Sexstella - Avon, OH

“I am so sorry for your loss. May you have happiness and peace and celebrate his life as he would want it. May God Bless each and everyone of you....Read More »
8 of 12 | Posted by: Cheryl Koepke - Lorain, OH

“Dear Mrs. McDermott, Kris, John, Katy and Molly and children, Sosorry for your loss. My prayers and my families prayers are with you! ”
9 of 12 | Posted by: Lorelei Haupt - Lorain, OH

“i am so sorry for your loss. May your family find comfort and peace soon ”
10 of 12 | Posted by: Candace Clark - North Ridgeville, OH

“Jack was like a second father/older brother to me. He introduced me to my true love: journalism. He helped me get my first newspaper job and I'm...Read More »
11 of 12 | Posted by: Gene Warnick - Lake Balboa, CA

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John Edmund McDermott "Jack", age 68, of Lorain, passed away suddenly, Monday, January 2, 2012 at his home.
He was born on February 21, 1943 in Amherst, Ohio to Joseph and Margaret (nee Mackin) McDermott. He graduated from Lorain St. Mary Catholic High School in 1961 and The Ohio State University in 1964, majoring in Business.
Jack made his career as a Sports Writer, beginning with the Lorain Journal in1968 until 1978. He then went on to write for the Cleveland Plain Dealer, retiring in 2006 after 28 years of employment with them. During the course of his career, he received several writing awards, but none that were overly important to him. He enjoyed and appreciated the honors, but never made it a big deal. There was nothing more important to Jack than spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was active in CYO Athletics and a supporter of the American Cancer Society and the Special Olympics.
He is survived by his wife of 44 years, MaryKay (nee Walker); son, John (Trina), of Lorain; daughters, Kris (Adrian)Higgins, of Hilliard, OH, Molly McDermott, of Amherst, and Katy (Todd) Smith, of Clyde, OH; mother, Margaret McDermott (nee Mackin); grandchildren, Kaleigh, Meghan, Gabriel, Johnny, Brian, Christian, Andrew,Adrian, Jacalyn and Joleigh; sisters, Mary (Bob) Nowicki, of North Ridgeville and Jean (Jerry) Berens, of Avon; brother, Michael (Pat) McDermott.
The family suggest donations be made in memory of Jack to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis,TN 38105,, or Autism Speaks, 5455 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 2250, Los Angeles, CA 90036,
Private funeral services were conducted. Funeral arrangements were under the direction of the Dovin and Reber Jones Funeral & Cremation Center.
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