DUQUESNE, Pa. - Boyd "Mac" McElravy, 93, of Duquesne, Pa., passed away peacefully at his son Jon's home in White Oak, Pa., on Wednesday, March 26, 2014.
He was born Boyd Earl McElravy Jr. on Nov. 26, 1920, in Corbettown, Jefferson County, Pa., near Timblin, to Boyd Earl Sr. and Pearl Himes McElravy.
Mac's family moved to Warren in 1925, and he graduated from Warren G. Harding High School in 1939. He apprenticed as a machinist prior to serving in the U.S. Navy.
In 1950, he moved his young family to West Mifflin, Pa., and was employed at the Fisher Body Division of General Motors as a tool and die supervisor. He retired from GM in 1981 with more than 31 years of service.
He was a strong family man who spent most vacations visiting relatives throughout the United States.
He had many friends, and enjoyed hunting, league bowling, golfing and fixing anything mechanical.
He was an avid fan of the Steelers, the Pirates and any sporting event or concert in which a loved one participated.
Mac enjoyed tending his vegetable garden and eating homegrown tomatoes.
He actively participated in the life of the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, where he helped maintain the church property until very recently, when he became physically unable to do so.
He was married to Maxine Kagy McElravy for 51 years until her death in 1996. In addition to his parents and his wife, he was preceded in death by his brother, Ray Dean McElravy, and his sister, Kathryn Flynn.
He is survived by his loving companion, Janet Griffiths of Duquesne; four children, Donald (Marie) McElravy of Palo Alto, Calif., Marcia (Roy) Davis of Katy, Texas, James (Song) McElravy of Houston and Jonathan (Christine Reynolds) McElravy of White Oak; four grandchildren, Karen (Allen Sanders) McElravy, Micah (Linda) McElravy, Ginger (Rafael Jose) Valadez and Lance Davis; and two great-grandchildren, Derek Sanders and Sophia Valadez.
A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. April 19 at the First Presbyterian Church of Duquesne, 719 Duquesne Blvd., Duquesne, PA 15110, with a reception to follow in the church social hall.
Mac's family wishes to extend heartfelt and grateful thanks to Forbes Hospice workers Jill and Michael, who lovingly cared and comforted our father in his last few months.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Mac's memory to Forbes Hospice or the Alzheimer's Foundation, so they may continue their valuable work.
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