Calvin “Cal” S. MacNary

September 15, 1940 - February 5, 2014
Calvin “Cal” S. MacNary

Calvin ìCalî MacNary, 73, of Hendersonville and formerly of Newburgh, NY, died Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at Mission Hospital.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 ñ 1964. He was a retired Heating Technician at Abbott and Mills, Newburgh, NY, where he worked for thirty four years. He and his wife Peggy retired to Hendersonville, NC in 2007.

Cal was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, friend and animal lover. He was an active volunteer in his community. Cal will be greatly missed by all.

He was preceded in death by his parents, N. Stewart and Hazel MacNary, and his sister and brother-in-law, Barbara and Ted Lockwood.

He is survived by his loving wife of fifty one years, Margaret ìPeggyî McInerney MacNary; a daughter, Lori MacNary and her husband Kevin of Newburgh, NY; a son, Michael MacNary and his wife, Tara of Weatherford, TX; grandchildren, Kerry Lampack, Ryan MacNary and his wife, Brittany, Derek MacNary and John MacNary; two great-grandchildren, Nathan and Connor MacNary; a sister Ethel Payne and her husband, Jack of Hudson, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

A funeral will be at 2:00 P.M. Sunday, February 9, 2014 in the Kirby Memorial Chapel of Shuler Funeral Home. Pastor Larry Rabon will officiate. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers memorials can be sent the ASPCA by calling 1-800-628-0028.


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  • February 09, 2014
    Greg says:
    Maybe it was surprise or shock or just an OMG for me, but for Uncle Cal it was disbelief for sure. First day at Ocean Beach for the annual family vacation at the shore. Anticipating this wonderful time together all year and finally sun sand and barbecue. We were doing the "man" thing (well I was 13, so only a wanna-be), but dad and Uncle Cal and probably John and maybe even Murph were sharing that first (well maybe a couple more) cold ones on the patio with the grill. The girls - Aunt Peg and mom in particular, were relegated to preparing salads, veggies, and you-know, the other stuff for the non-carnivorous. Apparently the "girls" felt left out when it came to sharing a cold-one. I think they accepted the role of inside, kitchen work that came with salad preparation, but decided to have their own party. So what was so shocking? It seems Aunt Peg and mom were a bit generous in their allotment of "piÒa" in their coladas. Who knows how many they had, but it was clear they were keeping up with the guys (OK, the guys were deep into the case from the IGA). So what was so shocking already??? Tossed salad. Uncle Cal, with me in tow, entered to find the salad indeed being tossed. From one end of the room to the other were Aunt Peg and mom realizing the art of "toss". Actually flying was more accurate. Zoom went the lettuce. Around the back and through the air went tomatoes. Cucumber bouncing off the ceiling. Score! Truly disbelief for Uncle Cal and just one of those life memories not forgotten.

  • February 09, 2014
    Greg says:
    Pennsylvania has quite a diverse population. Harrisburg is more or less blessed with a mix of all spectrums. Could be it's the Capital, but, more likely it's just the near-by mountains and extent of rural to the north and west. So my story. My house needed a new roof. Like my dad and Uncle Cal and all the rest of the MacNary clan, we like to do things ourselves. Yes we can save money, but it's more the pride of knowing "we did that" driving our efforts. Anyone knowing Uncle Cal can attest that he always took a lot of pride in doing the job right and by himself. I am no different, cut from the same mold. I prepared the roof all week for the "work team" to arrive on Saturday. Dad organized with Uncle Cal to come from Newburgh and put the new roof on. They also decided it would be helpful to engage two of Newburgh's finest roofers in this endeavor. They arrived bright and early (I have no idea what time they left Newburgh for the 4hr trip, but they showed up early). Uncle Cal mostly helped me carry shingles up the ladder and keep Junior and Homer (Newburghs finest) supplied. They were as redneck as a Kentucky feud. But they were so fast they were spitting the nails in and outpacing Uncle Cal and me. I think Dad was as busy on the ground picking up nails. I bought a 1/2 keg of Pabst and I think that was largely Homers motivation. (I have always appreciated a little inspiration). Uncle Cal was dying to tap that keg, but, he always had work ethic first. And, we realized that Homer and Jr did not need a wet whistle when spitting nails into my roof. We completed all 4 squares in one day, complete with ridge vent and trim. Uncle Cal was on that duty due to his care for detail and quality over speed. We tapped the keg before the sun went down. So why Honky Tonk? OK. Erin prepared a wonderful dinner as always. Fed everyone well for the hard days work. But what to do after dinner? I mean it was only an 18 hour day so far, time to relax. Like I said, PA has something for everyone. And "Newburghs finest" were itching to shake a leg. Actually Uncle Cal was.encouraging some sort of relaxation. (Aunt Peg, I hope thus is not news to you). I knew about an 'establishment' called the Lighthouse just north of Harrisburg. Little did I know that it was the perfect place for two purebred rednecks. Even more surprising was that Uncle Cal appreciated this equally as much. Yup - a true Honky Tonk. Country music, cowboy boots, the works. Wow. We were not there long before Jr got on the stage. He was actually pretty good considering spitting nails all day. As you might imagine, Uncle Cal got on the stage too! I don't remember if he was any good but it was a blast. Truly memorable and endearing for me and among the fondest memories of my beloved uncle.

  • February 08, 2014
    Theresa Tenhagen says:
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless you.

  • February 09, 2014
    Micheal and Angela Kimbril says:
    Peggy and family we are so sorry for your loss. Cal will be sorely missed. May God bless each of you in this difficult time.

  • February 09, 2014
    Harrison & Margaret Slocum says:
    I was sorry to learn of our cousin Cal's death. I remember him always with a quick smile, his willingness to help others and looking forward to the next adventure. My late sister Marion always enjoyed visiting with him at Cassidys Pharmacy. May God bless you and you are in our prayers