Edward Joseph McCague, Jr.
Age 94, on Monday, February 25, 2019. Beloved husband of 68 years to Genevieve Brady (McSwigan) McCague. Loving father of Edward J. McCague, III (Mary) of Lakewood, NY, Kathryn M. Pease of Charleston, SC, Margaret M. McCague of Aspinwall, and Joan M. Sims of Pittsburgh. Cherished grandfather of Sonja S. Tutwiler (Rick), Eric R. Siegmund and Genevieve V. Sims. Born on March 20, 1924, son of Dr. Edward J. and Margaret McCook McCague, Ed grew up in the company of three sisters and two brothers. He loved the outdoors and spent much time hunting with his friends. Ed attended Shadyside Academy, Portsmouth Priory and the University of Virginia, and was a life-long member of St. Scholastica Parish. In 1942, at eighteen, he enlisted in the US Army Air Corps where he earned his single engine wings as a P-40 pilot at Eagle Pass, Texas, class of 44G. After volunteering for a secret mission, Ed was trained to fly CG-4A gliders and sent to the European theatre in support of the glider campaign. At the close of WWII he was selected to fly C-47s transports and remained in the service flying numerous missions in support of the post-war cleanup effort. When he returned to the US, he continued his aviation career in the Pittsburgh Air National Guard, married Jean on October 21, 1950, and began a family and career in the shipping industry. In 1962 Ed once again answered the call to serve when the family business, Kennywood Park, asked him to join their sales team. He retired Vice President of Sales after a career that spanned 30 years. His steadfast dedication to the family business and the amusement park industry lasted well after his retirement. In his later years Ed continued serving others by volunteering for over twenty years at the local VA hospital taking care of fellow veterans. His free time was spent enjoying his Greene County farm, restoring his historic log home and observing the beauty of nature with his bird dog at his side. He followed his children’s families and careers with much enthusiasm always interested in what was happening in their lives and offering his support. He possessed a keen sense of humor that kept us all laughing and was a marvelous role model for how to enjoy life. A life of service to others, devotion to family and family values, and a keen love of life, He will be missed. Friends will be received Friday, March 1st from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at WEDDELL-AJAK FUNERAL HOME, 100 Center Ave. Aspinwall, where a parting prayer will be held Saturday at 9:30 a.m. followed by a funeral mass at 10 a.m. at St. Scholastica Church, 309 Brilliant Ave., Aspinwall. In lieu of flowers the family respectfully suggests memorial contributions to Wounded Warrior Project, 301 Grant St. Suite 900, Pittsburgh., PA 15219.
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