JOHN ANTHONY MCGAULEY
Obituary notice in the MESABA TRIBUNE on Wednesday, October 6th. No mention of age, no mention of where John’s gravesite remembrance would be –just the date and time were listed but that was all.
I wrote the obituary and kept it brief as John wanted it to be, but what I wrote was not what appeared in the newspaper. It’s really no big thing in the larger scheme of things like spiraling inflation, open borders, rising crime rates, and the general decline of our country.
John was my brother, the third of four sons in our family. Each of us went our separate ways after graduation. Three of us married and had children. John had a son and two step-children.
John enjoyed being regarded as the ‘black sheep’ of the McGauley clan. His life story took him in every wrong direction for years. He shared much of his story with me in the months before he died. Sadly, none of us brothers kept in touch with each other over the years. He reminded me, “We choose our friends, not our brothers,” and that always bothered him. John had more friends than any of his siblings. What none of knew about John was his spirituality — his BIBLE was tattered from his daily reading of Scripture.
I could go on at length about the brother I didn’t really know for most of his adult life, but what I’ve shared is enough for now. Maybe later . . . ?