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A Wetzel and Son Obituary for:
Joseph Patrick McDermott
May 11, 1938 - December 15, 2021

Public Events and Locations

Graveside Service - Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11:00 AM at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont
Military Honors - Saturday, June 18, 2022, 11:00 AM at St. John Neumann Cemetery, Chalfont
Reception - Saturday, June 18, 2022, 12:00 PM at Willow Grove VFW Post 3612, Willow Grove


Funeral Home - Wetzel and Son Funeral Home - 501 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-659-0911 - Map
Clergy - St. David Church - 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090 - 215-657-0252 - Map
Cemetery - St. John Neumann Cemetery - 3797 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914 - 215-822-0680 - Map
Donation - St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital - 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 - 800-822-6344 - Map

Joseph Patrick McDermott of Hatboro, Pennsylvania died Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at his home. He was 83 years old. Joseph was born May 11, 1938 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, son of the late Francis Aloysius McDermott and the late Elizabeth McDermott (nee - Muldowney). He is the father of Donna Boender and her husband Michael, Christina Hughes and her husband Drew, Kelly Ann McDermott-Sirianni and her husband James, and the late Joseph Richard McDermott; grandfather of Nicholas and Zachary Boender, Dakota and Mackenzie Hughes, Jaxson, and Jameson Sirianni; brother of the late Francis “Mickey” McDermott.

He was a lifelong member of the Knights of Columbus, Veterans of Foreign Wars, and American Legion.

Joseph was born in Philadelphia, and during his primary years, his family moved to Countyline road, in Chalfont/Warrington, where he lived his childhood days surrounded by aunts, uncles, and cousins. He was educated at St. John Bosco and Central Bucks High School.

He hung out at the Warrington Roller Rink in his teen years, winning awards for skating, couples dancing and racing. Bowling was another one of his favorite past times, and also won many competitions. Joseph enjoyed fishing, especially with his brother. He often spoke of being in a band with his buddies, The Fabulous Fiats, in which he sang and played the guitar, played in several area venues, and got to know a very young Dick Clark.

In his 20s he joined the Army, where he spent most of his time stationed at Ft.Lewis, Washington State. He earned the rank of Specialist/Combat engineer. He was proud of his time spent in the military, and you could always spot him around town donning his Army baseball cap and one of his several Army shirts. He would often rotate them with his Eagles gear, as he was a devoted Eagles fan.

After being honorably discharged, he returned to his hometown for the rest of his years. He really enjoyed his time working at the Willow Grove Naval Air Station, as the Manager of the NADC Officer’s Club. He also spent many years bartending in the Willow Grove area, where he seem to know everyone, and everyone seemed to know him.

For the last 17 years he lived at Moreland Towers, where he built many friendships and always made a point to remember his friends during their birthdays, the holidays, and at times of loss. He enjoyed going to church at St. David’s and St. John Bosco, and was blessed by a decades long friendship with Monsignor Bolger. His faith was one of the most important things in his life.

He was always donating to charity, including many Catholic charities, Native American schools in the West, and his monthly donations to St Judes. In Lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in his name to St. Jude’s, a charity he held near and dear to his heart.

Relatives and friends were invited to his graveside service with military honors rendered by the United States Army on Saturday, June 18, 2022 at 11:00 A.M. at St. John Neumann Cemetery, 3797 County Line Road, Chalfont, PA 18914. A celebration followed at the VFW.

Religious services were conducted by Msgr. Richard T. Bolger from St. David Church, 316 Easton Road, Willow Grove, PA 19090.

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