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Dr. Vincent T. McDermott Jr., age 90, Longtime Physician and Friend to Many; Longtime Volunteer, Life of the Party

On Feb. 25, 2023; Age: 90; Devoted husband for 60 years of Margaret “Peggy” (nee Taylor); cherished father of Merri (Kevin) Griese, PJ McDermott, Vincent (Haidee) McDermott III, Maura McDermott, Screenshot 2023-03-01 at 20.19.50 Marlene McDermott and the late Katey McDermott; adoring grandfather of Meredith (Chris) Lauber, Kevin (Courtney) Griese, Jr., Connor Glennon, Katey Griese, Marina Glennon, Nick Griese, Maggie McDermott, Hunter Vincent McDermott, and Taylor McDermott. Great-grandfather of Max and Teddy Vincent Lauber; dear brother of Mimi Keeley, Morrie Keeler and Kathleen Strott. Uncle Vincent to nieces and nephews too many to count.

Dr. McDermott graduated from St. Joseph’s University, continued on to Thomas Jefferson Medical School, and completed his residency at St. Michael’s Hospital in Newark, NJ, where he met Peggy. His medical career spanned five decades at Our Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Camden. He also cared for folks at St. Mary’s Nursing Home in Cherry Hill, NJ, was the official doctor for Campbell’s Soup Co. and was one of last physicians to make house calls - where he would occasionally be paid in peppers, corn, tomatoes and crabs.

He served on the medical board of HQSI since 1987, and remained active into this year. In retirement, Vince volunteered his time and knowledge at Project Hope, Community Health Practice and Guadalupe Family Services, all in Camden.

Vince was one of the founders of St. John of God Community Services in Westville, NJ.

The ultimate “anything for the family” man, he spent summers announcing for Saturday morning swim meets and winters on the ski slopes. For the last 25 years, he loved people-watching from his deck in Sea Isle City. He traveled with Peggy extensively, visiting every continent.

While Dr. McDermott took the care of his patients very seriously, he loved making people laugh. Well known for arriving to any celebration in costume, he was the life of every party.

Dr. McDermott’s family will receive friends and family on Thursday, March 2nd from 5-8pm, at Kain-Murphy Funeral Services, 15 West End Ave. Haddonfield, NJ 08033. All are invited to his Mass of Christian Burial on Friday, March 3rd at 11 am at Christ the King R.C. Church, 200 Windsor Ave., Haddonfield, NJ 08033. Interment, New Saint Mary’s Cem., Bellmawr, NJ.

In lieu of flowers, contributions in honor of Dr. McDermott may be made to St. Joseph’s University ~ Class of 1954 Scholarship, 5600 City Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19131 or Holy Name School. Please make checks out to Holy Name School, Attn: Mrs. Kent, 700 N. 5th Street Camden, NJ 08102. Kain-Murphy Funeral Service 856-429-1945