McVay, Francis

Francis A. McVay, 77, of Morenci, Mich., died Sept. 30, 2013 at Maple Wood Manor in Clio, Mich.

Francis was born Feb. 11, 1936, in Canandaigua, Mich., to the late Floyd and Lillian (Weber) McVay, and was the oldest of 11 children.

He was a factory worker and long-time Morenci resident. No matter how long his hours, he was never too busy to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. He was a dedicated, life-long follower of Christ. Francis loved the outdoors. He enjoyed fishing, gardening and hunting, whether for morel mushrooms or deer. Francis was a true blue Detroit Tigers and University of Michigan fan.

He didn’t know a stranger and would commonly get in trouble for taking an hour to pick up a gallon of milk because he had to chat with every person he encountered along the way. He never tired of playing with his children and grandchildren.

Francis is survived by his wife, Norma; four sons, Michael (and Sam), Patrick (and Lynn), Thomas (and Linda), and Robert; three daughters Marie, Lisa (and Albert) Acuña, and Amy Jo (and Travis) McDowell; 14 grandchildren; five great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother, Norman “Butch” McVay.

Cremation has taken place. Memorial services are planned at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct.  20, at Canandaigua Community Church in Canandaigua, with Pastor Nate Elarton officiating. Visitation is planned from 2:30 p.m. until the time of services.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association. Those not attending the memorial may do so online at