Retired Master Sgt. John Joseph McCaskey Jr., age 84, beloved husband of Carole McCaskey, died on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, at his home.
Born on May 14, 1936, in Englewood, New Jersey, John was a son of the late John Joseph McCaskey Sr. and Emily Pisarski.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Adelaide Budd McCaskey; grandchildren, Kimberly and Matthew McCaskey; stepson, John Stabile; and son-in-law, Brent Emmons.
John fathered four children, Emily Emmons (Brent), Karen Hanson (Kim), Steven McCaskey (Katharine) and Lawrence McCaskey (Brenda). He married Carole Stabile in 2006 and welcomed four stepchildren, Gabrielle Thorndyke, Asunta McCathern (Robert), John Stabile and Theresa Walker (Robbie). John loved and treasured each of his 45 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
He attended St. John's Catholic Schools and Central Carolina Technical College.
Master Sgt. McCaskey was a specialist in communications at bases in Morocco, Pakistan, Germany, Thailand and nationally. He retired in Sumter, where he and Adelaide operated Odds and Ends Thrift Store for 20 years. John was an active member of St. Anne's Catholic Church for more than 40 years. He served throughout as an usher and was a member of various committees. He labored hard in the upkeep of parish properties, including the restoration of St. Lawrence Cemetery. John McCaskey is remembered by the Sumter community for his kindness, friendly demeanor, generosity and sense of humor.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Monday at Bullock Funeral Home, 1190 Wilson Hall Road, Sumter, SC.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in John's name to a charity of choice.
The funeral mass will be celebrated beginning at 11 a.m. on Tuesday at St. Anne Catholic Church in Sumter. The mass will be live streamed on www.bullockfuneralhome.com. Select the obituary page for Mr. McCaskey. The family guest book is also located there.
The family requests masks be worn and social distancing at each event.
Bullock Funeral Home of Sumter is in charge of the arrangements.
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