Joseph Kent McKay, 84, of Cumberland, passed away on Wednesday, January 24, 2018 at the Western Maryland Regional Medical Center.

Born on August 7, 1933, in Cumberland, he was the son of the late Cyril J. McKay, Sr. and Hestel P. (Twigg) McKay. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by his sister, Patricia Lambert, Orange, CA; and son-in-law, Alan Hughes.

Joseph was a 1952 graduate of LaSalle High School, and served in the United States Navy and United States Marine Corps from 1953-1957. He was employed by the CSX Corporation for 43 years as an electrician, and was a member of the IBEW (International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers). Joseph was also a member of the Veterans of Foreign War, and the American Legion. He was a devout member of the Catholic Church, and attended Mass at both St. Mary’s and SS. Peter and Paul churches, Our Lady of the Mountains Parish.

Surviving Joseph are his wife of 59 years, Catherine T. (Madden) McKay, Cumberland; daughter, Celeste Hughes and her partner Mark Easingwood, Swindon, Wiltshire, England; grandsons, James Hughes and Richard Hughes, both of Swindon, Wiltshire, England; brother, Cyril J. McKay, Jr., Cumberland; nieces, Catherine Nearhoof, Bel Air, MD, and Jeannie Lambert, Orange, CA; nephews, Michael McKay, Pasa Dena, MD, and Randy Lambert, Orange, CA; and sister-in-law, Anne Jewell, McKinney, TX.

Family will receive friends at the Scarpelli Funeral Home, P.A., 108 Virginia Avenue, Cumberland, on Monday, January 29, 2018 from 2-4 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. A Christian Wake service will be conducted at the funeral home at 8:30 p.m.

Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at the Shrine of SS Peter & Paul, 125 Fayette Street, Cumberland, on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 at 1 p.m.

Interment will be in Sunset Memorial Park. Military Honors will be accorded by the Fort Cumberland Post 13 Honor Guard.

The family requests that, in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Anthony’s Place, 300 E Oldtown Road, Ste #2, Cumberland, MD 21502.

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