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APRIL 26, 1999

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    April 26, 1999
    John Thomas McCawley, 67, of Luzerne died Monday at his homeBorn in Pittston in 1931, he was a son of the late John Joseph McCawley and the late former Marie Jeanette Mae Holleran.
    A former Eagle Scout, he entered the U.S. Navy in 1949 after graduating from St. Mary of the Assumption and St. John the Evangelist High School in Pittston.
    While in the Navy, he worked with the late Admiral Grace Hopper in placing computers on ships. He was a master chief and served in Vietnam during the war. He retired from the Navy after 30 years of service and then worked for Capital Blue Cross in data processing.
    While working at Blue Cross, he attended night school at King's College and received an associate degree in computers and information systems in 1983, and a bachelor of science degree in health care management in 1989.
    He retired from Blue Cross after 20 years and did volunteer work at St. Vincent de Paul Food Pantry. He was a member of the Fleet Reserve Association.
    He was a member of St. Mary of the Maternity Church and served as an altar server and lector.
    He was preceded in death by his first wife, the former Dolores Gober, and brother, Edward.
    Surviving are his second wife, the former Anne Marie Welebob; children, John J., Ambler; Joseph C., California, Md.; Maureen Sagi, Framingham, Mass.; Gerald T., Phoenix, Ariz.; and Elizabeth Hildebrandt, at home; three grandchildren; sisters, Ann Marie Mathis, Pittston; Mary Katherine Hergenrother, Joplin, Mo.; nieces and nephews.
    Funeral services will be at 10:45 a.m. Thursday from the M.J. McLaughlin Funeral Home, 416 Wyoming Ave., Kingston, with a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:30 a.m. in St. Mary of the Maternity Church on Park Avenue in Wilkes-Barre.
    Interment will be in St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow.
    Friends may call from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. today.
    In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Mercy Hospice in Wilkes-Barre.-----
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