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John McWilliams, Jr.

John B. McWilliams, Jr., 74, of Woolford passed away Sunday, October. 3, 2021 at University of Maryland Medical Center, Baltimore.

Born December 20, 1946 in Cambridge John was the oldest child of the late John and Betty McWilliams. John attended the local schools and graduated from Cambridge High with the Class of 1965. As a teenager John started working with his uncle at the family business, B. J. Linthicum and Sons. John served in the Army reserves from 1967 through 1968.

On November 21, 1970 John married the former Gloria Adams. Together they enjoyed nearly 51 years of marriage. John retired in 2010 from Guardian Industries where he was the manager of the distribution warehouse in Landover, Md.

In his younger years John loved to hunt and fish. He also greatly enjoyed playing cards and backgammon with his friends, later in life golf became his passion. Every day was a good day, regardless of the weather, when he was able to join his buddies on the course. John loved his family, enjoyed a good time and a lively debate.  “Pancake” which he was affectionaly known as by many, was an imposing man in stature but a kind hearted loving man to all who truly knew him. He will be missed by many.

John was a member of American Legion Post 91 and Cambridge Elks. He was a past member of the Cambridge Yacht Club, Grand National, Skeet Club, River Marsh Golf and Clearview Golf.

Surviving is his wife Gloria; sisters Mary Ann Valenstein (John) of Cambridge and Hope Marchewka (Bruce) of Felton, DE; in-laws Ann Marie and Vaughn Windsor, Charlene McWilliams along with a host of nieces, nephews and cousins.

Besides his parents John is preceded in death by his brother Robert McWilliams and in-laws Harold and Charlotte Adams.

A graveside memorial service will be held Saturday, October 9, 2021 beginning 2:00 p.m. at Old Trinity Church Cemetery with Pastor Steve Bloodsworth officiating. Interment will follow.

In lieu of flowers memorial donations should be made to either YMCA, 201 Talbot Ave, Cambridge, MD 21613, Coastal Hospice Foundation, P. O. Box 1733, Salisbury, MD 21802 or the Salvation Army, P. O. Box 91, Cambridge, MD 21613.

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Dear Gloria, Mary Ann, Hope, and family,Mother and I were saddened to hear about John. My childhood is filled with memories of John and all the McWilliams family when they lived on Choptank Avenue, a half a block from my father's store, all the kids were in and out of the Variety Corner all the time. And who could forget "Pancake", a much-beloved member of our wonderful Cambridge High School "Class of 1965". You are all in our thoughts and prayers.

Barbara Geoghegan Marshall and Dorothy Geoghegan Nov 8 2021 12:00 AM


Tom Brooks Nov 8 2021 12:00 AM

RIP Cakes

Timothy Foxwell / Kansas Oct 15 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Jr.

Tommy and Jane Phillips Oct 11 2021 12:00 AM

I was so sad to hear that Pancake had passed away. Youre in my prayers Gloria.

Diane Jones Chavis Oct 9 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Jr.

Tommy Willey Oct 7 2021 12:00 AM

Mary Anne and Hope so sorry for your loss.We have many memories of the Choptank Ave. crew..Cherish your memories and they will help in the days ahead.

The Hayes Family Oct 7 2021 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of John Jr.

Barbara Phillips North Oct 7 2021 12:00 AM

Gloria Mary Ann and Hope and family- so very sorry for your loss! Sending thoughts and prayers to all!

Terry Wheatley Oct 7 2021 12:00 AM

Growing up I always loved living near Pancake and Gloria and seeing him at the Woolford Store. Gloria I'm so sorry for your loss, I know you will miss him greatly as well as many many others!

Robin B Linthicum Oct 7 2021 12:00 AM

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