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John “Ducky” McAvoy

PHOENIX – John “Ducky” McAvoy died peacefully in his sleep on September 6, 2018. He was 72 years old. John was born on May 20, 1946 in Miami, Florida to Kathryn and John McAvoy Sr. He is survived by his wife Kathy of sixteen years, as well as their children Kira and Arik. He was predeceased by his former wife Shelley, who died of pancreatic cancer in 1999. He is survived by their children Kimmy Mento (Chicago, IL) and David (Michigan). He is also survived by his uncle Marvin Robertson and sister Ellen McAvoy (both of Roseville, MI) as well as by his aunt Jeannie Swan (Coral Gables, FL).

John is a Vietnam War veteran who was drafted at the age of nineteen and spent nearly two years in-country. Once stateside, John worked in the manufacturing industry in Human Resources for over 40 years, primarily for Cooper Tools (North Carolina), Wellman Friction Products (Cleveland, Ohio), Belden Corp. (Phoenix, AZ) and ME Global (Phoenix, AZ).

John enjoyed sports of all kinds, especially baseball, football and golf. Thanks to the recent World Cup, he cultivated an appreciation for soccer during his final year. John dearly loved horse racing (“the ponies” as he called it) and he adored Las Vegas where he could play Blackjack around the clock if he so desired. He was a fine cook in his younger years, and an avid reader of mysteries. He was a kind and loving husband, father and friend, and he will be dearly missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing him.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 pm on Sunday, September 23rd at Bueler Mortuary, 14 West Hulet Drive, Chandler, AZ 85225 (

“May the longtime sun shine upon you, all love surround you, and the pure light within you guide your way on.”






  • Sharli & Stephen+ Schaitberger Posted September 13, 2018 8:26 PM

    John sounds like a wonderful man, Kathy. We send our condolences and hope that memories of John will bring you comfort.

  • Katie and Jeff Shields Posted September 14, 2018 10:00 AM

    Kathy, so very sorry for your loss.

  • Carter Family Posted September 14, 2018 8:27 PM

    Please accept our deepest condolences for the loss of John. We pray our loving Heavenly Father (Psalm 83:18) grants you peace during this difficult time.

  • The Reed Family Posted September 15, 2018 7:50 AM

    Kathy, our hearts and prayers are with you and your children. We are so sorry for your loss, but know John is at peace with our heavenly Father. Please know that we are here for you always. With love, B.J. and Bill

  • Juanita E Darby Posted September 15, 2018 5:44 PM

    Kathy my family and I are so sorry for your loss, sending prayers to you and your family!

  • Cecelia Wilhite Posted September 15, 2018 7:19 PM

    Kathy, My heart is with you, your children and John’s family.
    May the memories you shared be a comfort
    Peace & blessings.

  • Barbara. Banks Posted September 16, 2018 1:10 AM

    Dear Kathy,
    I send you my fondest thoughts at this sad time.,

  • Namuo Family Posted September 17, 2018 7:17 AM

    Kathy, we are so very sorry for your loss. We stand with you and will be here if you need anything at all during this difficult time.

  • Sonya Tatum Posted September 17, 2018 12:31 PM

    Kathy, My heart sentiments go out to you during this difficult time. I will continue to pray for you and your family. And remember, I am a phone call away.

  • Bill & Donna Winn Posted September 19, 2018 4:48 AM

    We are so sorry to learn of your loss. May you be comforted by the thought that, in a sense, our fond memories of those we have lost in death keeps them alive. They are also alive in Gods memory. The prophets tell us that one day those in Gods memory will be recovered from the grave and have the opportunity to live forever on a paradise earth. (Hosea 13:14 & Rev 21:3,4) May this give you a hope for the future that will ease the pain you have now.

  • Doc Manning Posted September 21, 2018 5:48 AM

    Please accept my condolences for the loss of John. It was a joy to see that he had a loving family. I worked with John for 20 years at Champion Spark Plug Company in Detroit. He was a dear friend with a kind heart. I regret that I did not stay in touch with him over the years. May he rest in peace.

  • Terry Rife Posted September 21, 2018 7:58 PM

    I was sorry to hear of Johns passing. I had the opportunity to work with and for John for the 20 years we were at Champion Spark Plug in Detroit and Toledo. While our paths parted later in our careers, we kept in touch catching up on what we, former colleagues, friends and most importantly family were doing. Family was number one in John’s life. He will be missed by many.

  • Karin Crane Posted September 23, 2018 7:01 PM

    Kathy, we were so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband. We are thinking of you and praying for you and your family.

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