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John Thomas Allan McRae

November 13, 1939 — March 10, 2023


In Memory of

John Thomas Allan McRae

November 13, 1939 - March 10, 2023


John Thomas Allan McRae, age 83, of Nashville, Tennessee, formerly of Fairfield Glade, passed away Friday, March 10, 2023 surrounded by his loving family.  He was born in Sarnia, Ontario Canada to the late Allan Stewart McRae and Olive Elizabeth (Hancock) McRae.

John is survived by his wife, Sandra (Avery) McRae of 60 years.  He is also survived by his daughter, Kimberly Tabor (Steve) of Nashville, Tennessee, son, John Thomas Allan McRae II (Suzie) of Tampa, Florida, and grandchildren Ashlie Tabor of Nashville, Tennessee, Will Shima of Nashville, Tennessee, and Annabella Shima of Brooklyn, New York.  John was affectionately known as Bebop and Frosty by his grandchildren.   He is also survived by sisters, Margaret Gray (Douglas) of Toronto, Canada and Catherine Tyner (John) of Monroe, Michigan.  

John attended Jackson High School in Jackson, Michigan.  He was a graduate of Jackson Community College and then obtained two Bachelor of Science degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Mathematics.  John was then accepted into the first class of the Mechanical Engineering Masters of Science program at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and graduated in 1966.  He was named Alumni of the Year in 1986 and most recently an Engineering research lab was named in his honor at the University of Michigan-Dearborn School of Engineering.  

John worked at Ford Motor Company for 36 years.  He served in many roles at Ford, where his last position was at the South African Motor Corporation Division (SAMCOR) as Executive Director of Manufacturing and Supply.  One of John's greatest and most fulfilling accomplishments was serving 10 years on the Board of Trustees at Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine as Chairman of the Finance Committee.

Upon retiring, John and Sandy moved to Fairfield Glade and enjoyed boating, golfing, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  He was an active member of the Fairfield Glade United Methodist Church.  

John was a devoted husband and father and is now at rest with his Heavenly Father.  

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.




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