A worthy obituary: John McCamey

A good man passed away on Friday. The Rev. John Hill McCamey, 79, of Denver and lots of other places, went to his reward after suffering from the effects of several falls he'd suffered at home-- a condition similar to Alzheimers-- for several years. Born in West Virginia, he migrated to Colorado and California, and will return to West Virginia to rest. Now, why is this of interest in an automation blog? Because for the better part of 25 years, John McCamey functioned as the conscience of ISA. If John was "for" it, you could be assured it was a good thing to do, and if he was "agin'" it, it was time to stop and reassess. John served as a District Vice President, a Department Vice President, and a member of the Finance Committee (the folks who guided ISA in making all that money they have squirrelled away). And as Steve Huffman pointed out in his comment below, John served as Parliamentarian of the Society. But as you can see from the fact that all that isn't mentioned in his obituary, that was not a big deal to John. His family, and his faith were what drove him. His wife Lucia and their daughters know. And his friends know. I am proud to have considered John a friend. In 2003, John achieved his lifelong desire-- to be ordained a priest in the Anglican Catholic Church. Bless you, Father John, and thank you for all the life lessons you gave to the automation profession and to ISA, and last, and least, to me.
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  • <p>Walt: Thanks for your kind words about John McCamey. You didn't mention that he was also ISA Parliamentarian and a stickler for Robert's Rules. Aside from his role as the conscience of ISA, I believe he was certainly a top recruiter of Society leaders including this one. He just had a way to motivate people, mostly leading by example; but his large physique and booming voice may have helped as well. Too often I've had to tell the story about any number of dinners with John when his steak was served and throughout the establishment the exclamation could be heard, "Waiter, I said Pittsburgh Blue!" John always ordered a large steak and for those looking for a clear definition of "Pittsburgh Blue," it is a form of rare cooked no more than 30 seconds over a 60 watt light bulb. Heaven now has another tireless worker!</p> <p>Steve Huffman</p>

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  • <p>Nels Tyring asked me to post this comment:</p> <p>John has passed and another very dear friend is gone. John and I shared many things. Unusually long marriages to beloved, long suffering women, a large number of much loved and loving daughters, my brood one less than his. A love of ISA, it's members, it's opportunities for lasting friendships and itʼs works. Ofiices, within the society, of District Vice President and Vice President of Publications, long membership on Publications Board, a publications award named for us before we were dead, the Anglican Faith, many shared rooms, long conversations, some beer and a lot of good times at the many places the Society met. </p> <p>I was fortunate enough to have John as a sought to informal confessor and spiritual advisor so that when I went adrift or astray I always had a friend with a good compass who could put me back on course. We didnʼt see much of each other after he retired from ISA and I missed him. I will miss him until, perhaps, I am fortunate enough to have an opportunity to be with him again, share a beer, the chance to tell him about the things I did wrong this time, one of his great, booming laughs and some serious discussion.</p>

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