Joseph W. McGinnis Jr., 70, of Levittown, a Realtor and proud Irishman, died of heart failure Tuesday at home.
Mr. McGinnis grew up in Northeast Philadelphia and Levittown, where his parents were original homeowners. He graduated from Pennsbury High School in 1957 and then served in the Army in Korea.
After his discharge, he worked for U.S. Steel in Fairless Hills and for eight years operated the Oasis, a popular bar in Levittown, before joining his father's firm, Joseph W. McGinnis Sr. Realtor in Levittown. He was still operating the business at the time of his death.
Mr. McGinnis was president of the Bucks County Ancient Order of Hibernians, and was active with the Bristol AOH and the Newtown AOH, which he started to honor his late brother Michael.
He was on committees for the lower Bucks and Philadelphia St. Patrick's Day parades. He visited Ireland twice. Friends called him the "Irish Godfather" for his devotion to his ancestral home, said his wife, Marge Kaczmarck McGinnis.
Mr. McGinnis also was a member of the Knights of Columbus. He was a Phillies, Eagles and Notre Dame football fan.
In addition to his wife of 27 years, he is survived by daughters Liz-An, Kelly and Michelle; a son, Ed; four sisters; a brother; and seven grandchildren.
Friends may call from 6 to 9 p.m. tomorrow and from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday at Dougherty Funeral Home, 2200 Trenton Rd., Levittown. A Funeral Mass will be said at 10 a.m. Saturday at Queen of the Universe Church, 2443 Trenton Rd., Levittown. Burial will be in Resurrection Cemetery, Bensalem.