This obituary was taken from the newspaper in Perry, Iowa where PD lived. He died on January 14, 1920.


"P.D. McGoey - Passed Away Early This Morning - Funeral on Friday at Church" 

"P.D. McGoey, honest, square dealing "Pat" McGoey, who was known and respected by practically everyone in Perry, passed away at his home, 1726 Third Street this morning. Death occurred about four o'clock and was due to hardening of the arteries and attendant heart trouble. 

The news of Mr. McGoey's death has caused unusual sorrow and regret all over the city. For the past two years he was has been in failing health, due to high blood pressure, but he was able to be about town two months ago. Since then he has been growing weaker rapidly and the final summons was a relief to him. For the past two days his condition has been critical and the family and friends were prepared somewhat for the shock occasioned by his death. Deep sympathy is being given the family today, to whose welfare and care his life has been devoted. 

Pat McGoey was one of Perry's best citizens. For twenty-seven years he has lived here and in all that time it is doubtful if he ever committed an act that was not upright and honorable. Such a life made and held for him hundreds of warm friends and the man who was his friend was fortunate, for only square kind were so numbered. He was born in County Longford, Ireland, on April 20, 1859, but came with his parents to this country when a lad of nine years. 

The family located at Wapella, Illinois, and it was there his youth and early manhood were spent. He was married there on May 12, 1891 to Elizabeth Greene, and shortly afterward moved to Iowa, living for about a year at Grand Junction and for a short time at Neola. In 1893 they moved to Perry and the greater part of the time since has been spent at the present family home. There the children have grown to manhood and womanhood, and there is not a home in the neighborhood that is not feeling keenly today the loss of a man who stood for much as a neighbor and friend. For the children he had a smile and a kindly word, for the boys and girls some advice with criticism and for the older ones a helping hand and a generous heart. His last thoughts and words were of his family and friends and his last wish that sorrow and misfortune be kept from all. 

Mr. and Mrs. McGoey were the parents of six children, three of whom passed away when babies.The wife, two brothers and one sister survive him and three children, Emmett A. McGoey of Colfax, Miss., Margaret of Perry and Edmund, who is attending school at the state university, remain as a comfort to the wife and mother. The brothers are John McGoey of Springfield, Illinois and Thos. of Wisconsin and the sister is Miss Lizzie McGoey of Springfield. 

Mr. McGoey was chief of police for many years and served in other capacities as a city official and employee. He took an active interest in the affairs of the community and of the nation, but his first interest was always centered in his home and the upbringing and development of his children. His work was sometimes trying but through it all he came with the respect of his friends and acquaintances. He treated everyone square and lived a life that was straightforward and true He preferred a modest income honestly earned to riches gained in any other manner and in so living proved himself a man. 

The funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock at the Catholic church with services conducted by Rev. Father Jas. Cleary. Burial will be at Violet Hill cemetery. 

Being researched by: Thomas P McGoey



This obituary was in the Emmetsburg Democrat [Palo Alto Co, IA]. He was born November 2, 1866 in County Longford, Ireland and died June 17, 1929 in Neenah, Wisconsin.

Thomas J. McGoey Dies at Neenah Wisconsin.
Used to Live at Graettinger and in Emmetsburg Inn for Sometime

We learn with regret of the death of Thomas J. McGoey, formerly of this place, which occurred at Neenah, Wisconsin, the early part of the week. We understand that he was ill for some time. We have not been able to secure definite particulars. Mrs. McGoey sisters, Mrs. T. J. and Mrs. B. L. Maquire, left for Neenah yesterday to attend the funeral, which, we understand will be held at that place today. 

Mr. McGoey left Emmetsburg perhaps twelve or thirteen years ago, going to Ladysmith, Wisconsin. He was engaged in the mercantile business at that place for some time but sold his stock a year or so ago and moved to Neenah where the members of his family secured good positions. Mr. McGoey is survived by his widow and several sons and daughters. Some of the members of the family are married. 

Mr. McGoey, after his marriage to Miss Mary Kelly of Emmetsburg, spent a  number of years at Graettinger and in this city. He was a sincere, hard working gentleman and did his best to provide for his wife and family. He was a man of more than average intelligence and was well posted on general subjects. He was, for a couple of years, a close neighbor of the writer and we learned to know him quite intimately. He had good habits and led a clean, useful life. Our citizens are all sorry to learn of his passing and offer sincere sympathy to Mrs. McGoey and the members of the family. Mr. McGoey was probably 68 to 70 years of age.


Lady Smith Wisconsin Newspaper

Passed Away at Hospital in That City After Short Illness; Resided In Ladysmith Many Years.

Thomas J. McGoey, of Menasha a former Ladysmith citizen, passed away Monday of last week at the Theda Clark hospital at Menasha. Death was due to sugar diabetes and followed an illness of only five days duration. Funeral services were held Thursday at the St. Patrick's church in Menasha and interment made at St. Margaret's cemetery at Neenah. Among the pall-bearers were Rudolph Sensenbrenner, Peter DuChaine and James Morgan, former Ladysmith residents.

Mr. McGoey resided in Ladysmith for about 11 years, working at the paper mill part of this time and later operating a small grocery store on East 9th street. He represented the sixth ward on the county board for several years. Two years ago he left Ladysmith and established his home at Menasha. He was 63 years of age at the time of his death.

Surviving are: the widow Agnes (Kelly) McGoey; three sons, Tom, of Ladysmith; Paul, of Idaho; and William, of Menasha; three daughter, Mrs. Mary Roeske, of Ladysmith; and Victorine and Edwardine, of Menasha; and one brother, John, of Springfield, Ill.

Mr. and Mrs. Tom McGoey and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roeske, of this city, attended the funeral services.
Mr. McGoey had lived in Emmetsburg for several years before moving to Ladysmith, Wisconsin

Being researched by: Thomas P McGoey


Davenport Daily Republican; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Wednesday, January 7, 1903

Native of County Longford, Ireland, Died Yesterday Morning.

     Mrs. Margaret O'Connor, widow of John O'Connor, died at 8:35 o'clock yesterday morning at her home, 1101 West Locust street, at the age of 70 years. She was a native of County Longford, Ire., and came to Davenport in 1852, passing a half century in this city. She is survived by four children, Mrs. Jas. Logan, John and Michael O'Connor, all of Davenport, and Owen O'Connor of Long Grove, Iowa. The funeral will be held from Holy Family church Thursday morning with interment in St. Ann's cemetery, Long Grove.