Robert William McClung
(August 15, 1945-June 27, 2022)
Robert William McClung was born in Philadelphia on August 15, 1945. He is preceded in death by his mother, Helen, his daughter, Lori (Lorraine), his Aunt Mary, his Uncle Bob, and his cousin Joe Holmes. He is survived by his wife, Darlene; daughters Linda, Laren, Andrea, Katie, and Belinda; his grandchildren and great grandchildren; and his brothers Joseph and John.
Pop attended school at St. Francis Xavier where he served as an altar boy and was thrown out of the choir for his singing talents.
Pop identified himself by his work. He was a carpenter at heart, and he could build or fix anything. He worked construction on the Society Hill high rise towers in Philadelphia and was on high beams seventeen stories up when Kennedy was assassinated and he saw the flags lower to half-mast from the air. He was a machinist at the A&P when he was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War in the Army 101st Airborne Division, 173rd Airborne Brigade. From 1968-69 he served in the central highlands a “sky soldier.” After he returned from the war he worked as a cowboy on a ranch in Colorado. When he returned to Philadelphia he worked as a police officer until he became ill from complications due to exposure to Agent Orange. After he retired from the police force, he worked as a handy man for the Pink Sisters and the Convent of Divine Love.
Pop lived a full life. He always had a sense of humor. He was a mischief maker—a trickster, who could find a way to laugh even in the hardest times. He also knew what it meant to struggle and survive. On Monday, June 27th, he passed at home in Seaville, NJ surrounded by his wife, daughters, and caretaker, Maia.
Services will be held on July 5, 2022 at Church of the Resurrection/Saint Maximilian Kolbe, 200 Tuckahoe Road, Marmora, New Jersey. Viewing will be held from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Mass will immediately follow at noon. Burial at 1:30 p.m. at Resurrection Cemetery, 336 Kings Highway, Clermont, New Jersey.
In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations may be made to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, the Lewy Body Dementia Foundation, or the VFW.