Joseph T. Magee, 93, of Beverly, died Feb. 8.
Funeral services were held Feb. 13 from Donnellan Funeral Home to St. Barnabas Roman Catholic Church. Interment followed at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Maureen; his children, Thomas (Elizabeth) Magee, Brian Magee, Nancy Pence (Rex) Schafer, Joseph (Monica) Magee, Jeanne Ward and Jonathan (Juli) Ward; his grandchildren, Albert and Patricia Pence, Caelum and Terra Magee, Joseph, Colin and Griffin Magee, and Declan and Keeley Ward; his great-grandson, Thorin Pence; his brother, Martin Magee (friend Rosemarie); his sister-in-law, Joan Magee; and many nieces and nephews.
Magee was a beloved teacher and coach. He was an avid football player and fan. He saw the world from the view of a father, husband, athlete, veteran, coach, teacher and friend. He was a storyteller and would often share stories of his experiences as a young football player, his military service in Korea and his football and teaching experiences.
Magee helped build the football program at Mendel Catholic High School into a powerhouse program on the South Side during his time as head coach in the 1950s and ’60s, culminating in the city championship in 1957.
Magee was a high school math teacher for over 40 years, including 18 years at Mendel and 24 years at Homewood-Flossmoor.
He married Patricia Hackett Magee in 1956. They had four children. They divorced in 1974. Magee was remarried in 1986 to Maureen Hassett Ward Magee. They were subscribers to the Goodman Theatre, the Lyric Opera and the Art Institute of Chicago.
Magee loved gardening, opera, ballet and live theater. His tomatoes and roses were the best.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Midwest Augustinians (Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel), 5401 S. Cornell Ave., Chicago, IL 60615, or De La Salle Institute, 3434 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616.