Robert McVay

June 28, 1927 - September 1, 2016
Robert McVay

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Robert L. McVay, 89, of East Liverpool, OH passed away Thursday, September 1, 2016 at Calcutta Health Care following a lengthy illness.

He was born in East Liverpool, OH on June 28, 1927 a son to the late Robert L. McVay Sr. and Dorothy (Patton) McKinney.  Robert was a graduate of East Liverpool High School and received a Masters Degree in Education from Youngstown Sate University.  He worked as a school administrator for the East Liverpool School System for 32 years before retiring in 1990.  He was a veteran of the United States Army serving during WWII, was a member of Longs Run Presbyterian Church where he served 9 years as an elder and 12 years as a clerk of Session, belonged to the Masonic Affiliations:  Riddle Lodge 315, Scottish Rite and York Rite and Royal Order of Jesters, was a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Al Koran Shrine, a past secretary and President of E. L. Shrine, past President and Lt. Govenor of Kiwanis, a past board member of the East Liverpool Chamber of Commerce and was a life member of D.A.V.

He is survived at home by his wife Donna Jean (Smith) McVay whom he married in 1949; a daughter:  Patricia D. Garland and her husband Gary of Boardman, OH;  a son:  David R. McVay and his wife Christine of Loveland, OH; two brothers:  Jack McKinney of St. Louis, MO and Marvin E. “Ted” McKinney of Nashville, TN;  grandchildren:  James & Amy Garland of Columbus, OH, Michael & Amy Garland of Boardman, OH, Adam & Connie McVay of Johnstown, OH, Timothy & Laura McVay of Loveland, OH Stephen & Jennifer McVay of Dexter, MI and Robert McVay of Pittsburgh, PA; fourteen great grandchildren:  Olivia, Julia, Audrey, Carina, Nathan, Samantha, Caleb, Aaron, Finley, Ben, Connor, Alex, Graham and Porter and many nieces & nephews.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son Gary R McVay.

Services will be held at the Calcutta Chapel of the Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes on Sunday, September 4, 2016 at 3:30 PM with Rev. Gene Toot and Rev.  Richard Shipley officiating and the Tri-State Burial Group will accord full military honors.  In Lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Longs Run Presbyterian Church Building Fund in Robert’s name.

Family will be present to receive friends at the Calcutta funeral home on Saturday, September 3, 2016 from 6 to 8 PM with Masonic Services at 7:00PM and from 1 PM Sunday up until the time of service.

Family and friends may view this obituary, sign the guest book or send condolences online at or by visiting the funeral homes facebook page


Sunday, September 4, 2016
3:30 PM

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, Ohio 43920


Saturday, September 3, 2016
6:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Martin MacLean Altmeyer Funeral Homes Calcutta Chapel - Directions
15872 St. Clair Avenue
Calcutta, Ohio 43920

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  • September 03, 2016
    Frank & Patricia Wardega says:
    To all of the McVay Family. Patricia and I are in Kentucky and were shocked to hear tonight (Friday) of the passing of Robert McVay. Our paths had crossed many times over the years as we were a part of some of the McVay family activities. We remember him as a good and Godly man, in love with his wife, his children, and his extended family. We remember his sense of humor. We respected his competence and his education. We saw him struggle with some of the infirmities of age and remember that as we now struggle ourselves with those infirmities. May he rest in peace. May his life be a source of encouragement to his family, who are his most precious legacy.

  • September 03, 2016
    jim pillar says:
    hello mrs donna mcvay and family i missed talking with bob this summer, although when we did get to talk, we always enjoyed each other's conversation. i'm saddened of your loss as well as numerous others. we can thank God for all the good memories he has left us with .

  • September 04, 2016
    Bob and Pat Trotter says:
    Dear Donna and Family. Please accept our condolences and prayers for God's love and comfort at this time. We have many good memories and Bob will be greatly missed.So sorry we could not be there today. Love, Bob and Pat

  • September 07, 2016
    Ted and Alice Shearer says:
    Our heartfelt sorrows to the McVay family from our hearts to yours. Along this journey from this world to the next , our journey is in faith and love in knowing and not knowing. It has been years since we met this family and sad to say, have not seen them often enough. Dave, we would especially like to see you more often. Love and blessings, from Ted and Alice