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John “Jack” P. McKim

John “Jack” P. McKim

CHALK POINT, MD—John “Jack” P. McKim, 80, just nine days shy of 81, from Chalk Point on the West River in Maryland, passed away unexpectedly on November, 6, 2023.

Jack was born November 15, 1942, in Washington, D.C., to the late Philip H. McKim and Doris Hastings McKim.

On July 11, 1964, he married Margaret Leffler. They made their home in Hyattsville, Md. In 1968, they moved to West River, Md. Margaret passed away on December 1, 2011.

On September 30, 2017, he married Alison Gay. Alison passed away on June 24, 2021.

He was a proud graduate alumni of Roanoke College. Jack started his own accounting firm and sold it at an early age. He and Margaret then lived on his sailboat for approximately a year sailing down to the Florida keys and back. When he returned, he taught at St. John’s College and later started another accounting firm with offices on West Street. Jack merged this practice with another accounting group in 2013 and finally retired in 2016. He was very proud of the fact that as an expert CPA he was occasionally asked to consult and testify in tax court cases. 

Sailing, power boating and buying boats was his life’s passion. He owned at least 24 boats—going through the alphabet to name them he was on X, X T Sea. Living in Chalk Point on the West River, Jack kept his boats at his dock and was a multi-year champion of the summer Wednesday night races sailing Jack Tar. He was a 45-year member of the Annapolis Yacht Club and a longtime member of cruising fleet. Jack co-chaired and then chaired the fleet from 1998 to 2001. As the chair, he successfully advocated with the board of governors for increased formal recognition and support of the cruising fleet. Jack hosted several cruises to his home in the early 2000s and led winter land cruises to the Mariners Museum in Newport News. In recognition of his many contributions to the cruising fleet, he was awarded the Board of Governors Trophy in 2018. The trophy is the only award for cruising that is given out by the board of governors and is displayed in the lobby of the main clubhouse. Jack continued to be a very active cruiser and presented a wonderful 25-year retrospective on the cruising fleet at this year’s annual cruising fleet dinner.

He was also involved for several years with the Rappahannock River Yacht Club, as he owned a home in White Stone, with his Virginia fleet docked at his pier there enjoying more sailing and powerboating in that area. 

Jack was preceded in death by his brother, Frank H. McKim.

He is survived by his brother, Kenneth L. (Peggy) McKim; nieces, Doris H (Deylyne) McCampbell and Robin A. McKim; nephews, Scott J. (Angela) McKim and David M. McKim; and numerous great nieces and great nephews.

Contributions in lieu of flowers may be sent to your favorite charity.

A celebration of life will be held from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, December 3, at Galesville Memorial Hall, 952 Main Street, Galesville, Md.

Rappahannock Record Staff
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