John James McCreary III
John James McCreary III (Johnny) passed away peacefully at home on November 11, 2023, at the age of 69.
As the son of a career army officer, Johnny experienced many different places during his childhood, including several years living with his family in Germany. He served as a United States House of Representatives Page during high school, graduating from the Page School in 1972. He received his Bachelor of Arts in Biology from the University of Virginia in 1976, and later attended George Mason University to study for his CPA and CIA licenses. In 1997, he earned a Master of Science in Technology Management from the University of Maryland.
From 1981 to 1986 Johnny served proudly in the United States Army as a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. He went on to have a career in government contracting, followed by fifteen years as an Information Technology Manager for the National Science Foundation. He retired from NSF in 2016.
Johnny married Hope Portner in 1992 in a ceremony at his mother’s home in Warrenton, Virginia. Their son Joseph was born in 1995, followed by John and William in 1997. Johnny and Hope raised their three sons in Arlington, Virginia, where they continue to reside at the time of his death. Johnny will be remembered by his family, friends, co-workers and neighbors for his kindness, care for others and generous spirit. He was an avid reader, intellectually curious, held strong opinions and enjoyed nothing more than lively conversation and debating the issues of the day.
Johnny is preceded in death by his mother, Dorris Moore Burke, and father, John James McCreary, Jr. He is survived by his wife Hope, sons Joe, Jack and Will, sisters Dottie Guthrie and Maggie Butler, and many nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank the staff of Capital Caring Hospice who cared for Johnny during his last days.
Inurnment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at later date.