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Pete McCagg ’47


Peter King McCagg, born on March 6, 1929 in Mount Kisco, NY, and long time Lee County resident, breathed his last peacefully on December 3, 2020. Pete was 91 years old. He is survived by his wife, Theresa, his children Peter, Franny, David and Bobbi, 2 step-children, Lisa Richards and James White, 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

Pete was one of the "Chosin Few", a survivor of the Chosin Reservoir battle and a proud Marine veteran of the Korean War. He moved his family to Fort Myers Beach in 1954, where he worked as a contractor for a number of years before purchasing two small businesses and turning them into the Tarpon Tackle and Hardware Store. Local fishermen may recall that this was the original home of the Tarpon Hunters Club, another local tradition that Pete played a central role in for many years.

Pete continued to serve his community his entire life. A member of the Ft. Myers Beach Lions Club, Pete helped bring the FMB Shrimp Festival to life in the 1950s. In over 65 years as a Lion, he served as the club's president numerous times, District Governor for Lions in 1969, Past President of the Florida Lions Foundation and on the Board of directors for the Florida Lions Camp. Pete passed along his love of service to his daughter Franny and granddaughter Shelby, both of whom have also served as presidents of the FMB Lions Club.

Pete was a big man—a giant, as recently recalled by one of his nephews, with a cool tattoo (the USMC bulldog)—and he lived the American Dream in many ways. Later in life, he and Theresa, traveled the US in their RV and enjoyed cruises to some of the more lovely and remote parts of the Americas—North and South.

Pete was adored by his family; he is already greatly missed. Ruthless at cards, you always knew what it meant when he smilingly said that "the hat was pointed at you" at a crucial moment in a good game of Hearts.

No gathering or service is planned at this time. We hope to celebrate his life when it is safer to assemble. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a donation to the Ft. Myers Beach Lions (P.O. Box 5019, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33932) as a way to help carry on Pete's legacy of service.