Bernard "Bud" C. McGill, 91, peacefully passed away on June 26, 2018, at his Riverside residence surrounded by his loved ones.
He was born Nov. 20, 1926, a son of the late Clifford and Mary (Petoski) McGill.
Bud was raised in Williamsport and attended St. Joseph School for his elementary and secondary education. As a youth, he proudly delivered newspapers to customers on Millionaires Row.
During World War II at age 17, he enlisted in the Naval Air Force and was trained in Fort Lauderdale as a navigator for dive bombers. One of his military missions involved the legendary Bermuda Triangle. After the famous squadron of planes disappeared and the second search party also vanished, Bud was flying on the next rescue attempt to locate the missing airmen.
After his military service, he worked as a brakeman for the railroad and graduated from Lycoming College.
In the early 1950s, he began a lifelong career as a microbiologist with Merck and moved to Riverside, a place he considered ideal for raising his growing family.
Bud was a tender and devoted husband to his late wife Teresa "Timmie" Hugar with whom he exchanged wedding vows at the Church of the Annunciation in 1949. They enjoyed extensive national and international travels during their marriage of more than 65 years. Each year they also looked forward to wintering in Myrtle Beach.
Bud was described by everyone who knew him as an easy going and good natured person. In his daily life, he was an inspiring mentor and a model of decency.
Family members include Susan and the late Michael Fluck, Sally and David Heath, Connie and Jeff Lemon, Janine and Randy Wykoff, Steve McGill and Ray Hoover, and 17 grandchildren, and 16 great-grandchildren.
He joins his wife and two sons, Michael and Patrick, in Heaven, and a sister, Elizabeth "Betty" Steinbacher.
In his final days, Bud described his life as one which was happy and fulfilled with no regrets.
A Celebration of Life to recall endearing memories will be held at a private ceremony for the family.
Interment will also be private and held at All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.
Memorial contributions can be made in honor of Bernard C. McGill to the charity of the giver's choice.
Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home Inc., of Danville.
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Published on June 27, 2018