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Joseph Michael McDermott, Jr., of Bluffton, South Carolina, passed away on Monday, August 26, 2019, following a courageous battle with ALS.

He is survived by his loving wife, Susan Ann Morrison McDermott, their children Joseph Michael McDermott, III, (Courtney) of Beaufort, SC, and Katherine Elizabeth McDermott Elkins (Ron) of Wise, VA, and four grandchildren, Morgan, Reece, Brennan and Ava. He is also survived by his brother Charles Brian McDermott, his sister Judith Teresa McDermott Bryla (Leon). He was predeceased by his mother and father, Joseph Michael McDermott, Sr., and Elizabeth McGovern McDermott, and sisters Carol Ann Cassidy (Paul), Betty Jane McDermott and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Joseph was born October 29, 1947, in Union, New Jersey. A graduate of The Citadel in Charleston, SC, he was a proud Bulldog for all his days since graduating with the class of 1969. He served in the United States Army reaching the rank of Captain, working with NATO in Germany. After leaving the Army he served in different executive and sales capacities until his retirement. A devout Catholic, his devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ was outstanding. He was a founding member of the parish council of Holy Family Catholic Church in Brentwood, TN, where he lived and served for more than 30 years before retiring and moving to Bluffton, SC. He was a lifetime student of history and loved taking walks with his grandchildren and teaching them about the world around them. He had just begun pursing his longtime interest in woodworking, completing a beautiful cutting board for his wife shortly before his diagnosis.

His greatest love was his wife of 48 years, who was his rock and steadfast companion until he took his last breath. He was a proud father to his children and a loving “Pop Pop” to his grandchildren. For him, family was everything and his faith supported that love.

His funeral will be held Thursday, August 29 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church in Bluffton, SC. Father Charles McDermott, Joseph’s twin brother, will celebrate the mass. The family will receive friends and loved ones in the Parish Hall immediately following the service. The internment will take place at the Beaufort National Cemetery on Friday, August 30 at 10 a.m. All are welcome to attend. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the ALS Association-South Carolina Chapter.

A Mass of the Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m., Thursday, August 29, 2019 at Saint Gregory the Great Catholic Church, 31 Saint Gregory Drive, Bluffton, SC.

Burial will be held 10:00 a.m., Friday, August 30, 2019 at Beaufort National Cemetery with Army Honors.

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  1. Marlene Matz says:

    Warren and I are sorry for your loss and for all your family has been through. May your beautiful memories bring you peace at this sad time.

  2. Kathy Elkins says:

    I will miss you forever. Thank you for being the first boy to ever love me!!! You were such a wonderful dad and grandfather. My heart is broken.

  3. Teresa Holbrook says:

    Prayers for peace and comfort for all who loved him now and in the days ahead! May you be comforted in knowing there will be a glad reunion day for all who trust in the Lord.

  4. Leslieann Morrison says:

    Many great memories will be in my heart always. My love and prayers go out to Susie and all the family.

  5. Debbie Hill Collins says:

    So very sorry about the passing of your father, Kathy!
    He was a fighter and you could tell by his smiling face how much he loved his family! Your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

  6. Erin Lodini says:

    Uncle Joe will miss you dearly. I am forever grateful my girls got to meet you.

    You guys will be in my prayers through this difficult time.

    Love you all

  7. Erin Lodini says:

    Uncle Joe you will be forever missed. I am grateful that my two girls were able to meet you.

    Aunt Sue, Kathy and Little Joe (not so little)
    I wish could be there in person but know these next few days I am there in spirit.

    Love you all

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  9. Les Bergen says:

    Joe was such a warm, loving, person. He was full of enthusiasm and life as a cadet and Army officer. His multiple medical issues over recent decades were tragic.

    Sue, you are a hero for your care of Joe through his medical tribulations. Thank you for being so stalwart.

  10. Bucky Hall A Company 69 says:

    Very sorry to hear of Joe’s passing. He is now in the Lord’s hands.

  11. Charles B. McDermott says:

    From our very conception, Joseph and I have been loving brothers. There are no words that can explain my sorrow. Yet I believe,as he did, that we will join again in Heaven in the Divine Presence.

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