Everett David McCooey, Jr. died peacefully in Valley Medical Center on 11 January 2017 at age 81.
Everett was born on 7 December 1935 in Brooklyn, New York to Everett and Mary McCooey. He attended Cornell University from 1952 to 1957 where he swam for the swim team, holding school and AAU records in the 440 and 880 freestyle and receiving a varsity letter. He graduated with a BS in Civil Engineering. He entered the workforce with Turner Construction Company, working his way up from a Field Engineer to Senior Construction Manager. His specialty was construction estimating and contract negotiations. He retired in 2000 after a 42 year career.
He married Patricia Quinn in 1960. The couple welcomed four children into their home while living in New York and Massachusetts. In Massachusetts, Everett was a member of the Kiwanis Club, served on the school board planning committee and as a team father for his sons' baseball and hockey teams. He was also a lector at the local Catholic Church. While working for Turner, he worked on local jobs in the Boston area and later worked in their international division with frequent trips to projects in Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Singapore. When the family moved to Texas, Everett continued helping with his sons' team sports in baseball and soccer, often manning the scoreboard or the scorebooks. He continued to lector at the local Catholic Church. Everett's career progressed to construction management as he managed several projects for Turner in the Houston area. While in New Jersey, Everett was the operation manager for Turner's NJ office, covering NJ and parts of PA and NY. When the family moved to Kent, WA in 1989, Everett was in the prime of his career, managing construction projects from Washington to California for Turner. With his sons out of the house with careers of their of their own, he accompanied his wife Pat to her social engagements and developed an interest in politics, getting elected as the precinct captain for the local Republican Party and, after retirement, he pursued his favorite conservative causes. After retiring in 2000, he discovered email and Facebook and started reconnecting with old classmates and fraternity brothers. He was active on Facebook, following his friends, nieces and nephews. As always, he was an active and dedicated member of the Catholic Church in all places where he lived.
Everett is survived by his children: Mark, David, Daniel and Everett III and a sister Adele Durkin.
A funeral mass is scheduled for 11 AM on Friday, 24th of March 2017 at St John the Baptist Church in Covington WA with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend and celebrate Everett's life. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Cancer Care Alliance or Univ of Washington/Valley Medical Center.
Interment at Gethsemane Cemetery, Federal Way, WA.
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