Thomas A. McGinley

Born: Mon., Jul. 8, 1946
Died: Sat., Jan. 6, 2018

Memorial Mass

1:00 PM Sat., Apr. 07, 2018
Location: St. Patrick Shrine Church

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After a valiant battle against a silent enemy, pancreatic cancer, Thomas A. McGinley Jr. 71, of Carlisle, PA, passed away on the morning of January 6,, 2018, with deep faith and surrounded by love.  He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Mary Joan McGinley, his son, Brett, Lt. Colonel USMC.,his daughter, Kerrie, and her husband Troy, whom he loved like a son, his grandsons, Connor and Nicholas Truax and Brody and Kellen McGinley.


Tom was born on July 8, 1946, in Kittanning, PA to Thomas and Ruth (McDonald) McGinley.  He spent his formative years in Kittanning, graduating from Kittanning High School.  After attending college for a few years, he enlisted in the Navy and proudly served the country he so loved until 1971.  His assignments included Japan, Vietnam, and California and he was a life member of the VFW. Returning to Pennsylvania, he began working at PPG Industries and retired after 38 years of dedicated service in 2010. In retirement, Tom enjoyed his friendships and part-time work at Bobby Rahal Acura. He was a man of great faith who was active in his church, and he came to especially appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Perpetual Adoration. He was a lifelonggolfer and sports enthusiast, he had an avid love for reading and math and he also enjoyed the beach and traveling. Tom had a tremendous sense of humor and a contagious laugh.  He loved his large extended family and relished his friendships with the many people he was fortunate enough to call friends. His personal hobbies and interests aside, his greatest joy was spending time with his four grandsons.


Aside from his immediate family, he is survived by a brother, James McGinley of Pittsburgh,seven nephews and four nieces, two sisters-in-law, three brothers-in-law and numerous cousins whom he cherished dearly. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Michael McGinley, two sisters-in-law and a niece. 


Family and friends will have the opportunity to celebrate his beloved life with a memorial Mass at 1:00 PM on April 7, 2018 at Saint Patrick Shrine Church, 152 E. Pomfret St. Carlisle, with a reception to follow. The family respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, well-wishers instead consider making a donation in Tom’s memoryto  Hospice of Central Pennsylvania, 1320 Linglestown Road, Harrisburg, PA 17110 or Saint Patrick Church, 152 E. Pomfret Street, Carlisle, PA 17013. Arrangements are being handled by the Hollinger Funeral Home & Crematory, Mt. Holly Springs, PA. Online condolences may be made to

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Robert Herncane
   Posted Thu January 11, 2018
My deepest sympathy to the family. Tom was a very good man. Sincerely,Bob Herncane

Bill Harkey
   Posted Fri January 12, 2018
Dear Joan, Brett and Kerrie,
I'm so sorry to hear about Tom. I just saw him at the Carlisle Barracks Golf Course a couple of months ago and had no idea he was sick. Please accept my deepest condolences.

Bill Harkey
Back Fence Neighbor from Forge Road days.

Gary (Lumpy) and Jan Hilty
   Posted Sat January 13, 2018
We express our sympathy to Joan and your family. Tom and I had many good time working,golfing,partying,golf and many other things. He loved his Penn State and I love my Pitt Panthers and had heavy discussions on them. I am very privileged and honored to have called Tom one of my dearest friend. We will miss you buddy. RIP

Frank and Anne-Marie Thompson
   Posted Sun January 14, 2018
Joan, please accept our condolences on Tom’s passing. We remember his friendly and generous coaching when our son Brian played little league with your son Brett. We are so very sorry for your family and you. Please know that Tom, your family and you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Jimmy DeGaetano
   Posted Thu January 18, 2018
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. God bless.

Tom and Penny Homolash
   Posted Mon January 22, 2018
Please accept our sincere sympathy for your loss. We will keep your family in our prayers.

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